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Volume III and IV in one vol: Satyrica 252pp + index; Completens Miscellanea 699 p. 16mo, full vellum. JACOB BALDE (1604-1668) was a German Jesuit priest and one of the greatest, if not the very greatest, of all reformation Neo-Latin poets. He studied the classics and rhetoric in the Jesuit college of his native town, philosophy and law at the University of Ingolstadt, where on 1 July, 1624, he was admitted into the Society of Jesus. Having undergone the usual ascetical and literary training he taught classics and rhetoric in the colleges of Munich and Innsbruck, and in his leisure hours composed the Latin mock-heroic poem "Batrachomyomachia" (The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice). After completing his theological studies in 1633, he was appointed professor of eloquence in the university. Called to Munich a few years later to educate the sons of Duke Albert, he soon after received the office of court preacher to the elector Maximilian. Owing to failing health, in 1654 he was sent to Neuburg on the Danube, where he became the intimate friend and adviser of the Count Palatine Philipp Wilhelm. CONDITION: Fair; ribbon ties detached, occasional worm holes in hinge; stained; titles printed on spine in hand. The text block is relatively clean and tight; hinges cracked. Worm holes on back panel affecting only last few leaves.