Basilii Fabri Sorani Thesaurus Eruditionis Scholasticae
by Basilius Faber
|Thesaurus Eruditionis Scholasticae|
at the College of William & Mary.
|Published||Lipsiae: Apud Thomam Fritsch|
Basil Faber (1520-1576) was a Lutheran schoolmaster and theologian born in Sorau (modern Żary), in lower Lusatia. Faber attended the University of Wittenberg, studying as a pauper gratis under Philipp Melanchthon. His best known work, Thesaurus Eruditionis Scholasticae, was "designed to aid composers in imitating classic authors." A Latin encyclopedic dictionary for German readers, it was used as a standard text for German classical education for more than two centuries. First published in 1571, the 1749 two-volume folio edition published in Frankfurt by John Henry Leich is considered the best edition.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Basilii Fabri thesaurus eruditionis Scholasticae. fol." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Both the Brown Bibliography and George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing include the 1710 edition published in Leipzig based on Millicent Sowerby's entry in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. Unfortunately, the volume owned by Wythe no longer exists to verify the edition. The Wolf Law Library has yet to purchase a copy.
- "Faber, Basil," in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed., ed. Franklin Hopper and Hugh Chisholm (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1910), 10:111.
- "Art. VI: Harper's Latin Dictionary," The Methodist Quarterly Review 32 (July 1880): 542.
- "Basil Fabri's famous Thesaurus 1710" in Stockholms Auktionsverk Online, accessed May 18, 2018 (http://online.auktionsverket.se/1509/327833-basil-fabri-s-famous-thesaurus-1710/?fr=la)
- The General Biographical Dictionary Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation, rev and enl. by Alexander Chalmers (London: Printed for J. Nichols and Son, 1814), 14:1; "Art. VI: Harper's Latin Dictionary, 542.
- Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433
- LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on May 21, 2018.
- E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 5:73-74 [no.4765].