Jacob Balde. Sylvarum. 1643.
A Jesuit neo-Latin lyrical poet; b. in Ensisheim, Alsace, 1604; d. Neuburg, 1668. He was educated in classics and rhetoric in the town of his birth and later in law and philosophy at the University of Ingolstadt. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1624 and taught classics and rhetoric at the colleges of Munich and Innsbruck. His fame in Munich resulted in an invitation to educate the sons of Duke Albert of Bavaria. Balde's works include satires, lyrics, letters, and epic and dramatic verse. He was much admired by Herder, who translated many of his works and referred to him as the "German Horace."[CE] As the seventeenth century progressed, allegorical and classical figures continued to play an important part in title page decoration. They often abandoned their architectural framework and floated or lolled in imaginary landscapes. [AHB]
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