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The 16th century German translation of Petrarch’s De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae (Remedies for Fortune Fair and Foul) shows the enduring appeal to early modern readers of his 14th-century philosophical self-help book.  Hülff, Trost und Rach in allem Anligen der Menschen is the 4th German edition published in 1559 in Franckfurt and includes 260 images often attributed to the artist Hans Weiditz.  The images include historical examples from the classical world, depictions of early modern social life, and symbolic images of abstract ideas.  The latter revealed the cultural, psychological, and religious tensions of early modern life and resonated with many readers even when they were at odds with Petrarch’s original Latin text.

Title page, Petrarch’s De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae 

 
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