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The manuscript of the Moria de Erasmo Roterodamo is regarded as an imperfect copy of a previous sixteenth-century translation, a task which was apparently executed by a Portuguese scribe at some point during the mid-seventeenth century. This manuscript, possibly acquired by David Montezinos and added to his library during the nineteenth century, entered the collection of the Ets Haim/ Livraria Montezinos Library of the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam, where it is presently being curated. For over more than a hundred years, the existence of a sixteenth-century Spanish translation of Erasmus's Encomium Moriae has been a matter of considerable speculation among Hispanists. Renowned scholars such as Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo and Marcel Bataillon regarded its prohibition in the Spanish Indexes, where both the Latin original and its "translations into vernacular" were mentioned, as a serious indication that a Castilian rendering did circulate, at least in manuscript form.

Keywords: David Montezinos; Erasmus's Encomium Moriae; Marcel Bataillon; Moria de Erasmo Roterodamo; Portuguese Jewish Community

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