Five Books of Poems by the Hungarian Royal Poet Laureate Master Ján Bocatius
M. Ioannis Bocatii Poëtӕ Laureati Cӕʃarei Hvngaridos Libri Poematvm V (Five books of poems by the Hungarian Royal Poet Laureate Master Ján Bocatius) is a collection of occasional poems in Latin by the historian, diplomat, and poet Ioannes, or Ján, Bocatius (1568–1621). The five books in the work are (1) martial and war poems; (2) encomiastic poems (poems of praise); (3) nuptial poems; (4) miscellaneous poems; and (5) funerary poems. Bocatius was a Lusitanian Serb (i.e., Sorb) who, after completing his studies at the end of the 16th century, became a teacher in the Slovak towns of Banská Štiavnica, Prešov, and Košice. In Košice he was also a member of the city council, a notary, and later the mayor. He helped to spread the Protestant Reformation in eastern Slovakia and took part in the uprising of the Hungarian Calvinist nobelman Štefan Bočkai (also seen as István Bocsai) against Hapsburg and Roman Catholic authority. Bocatius was imprisoned in Prague in 1606−11 for his part in the uprising. In 1611−18 he again taught in Košice. In 1618 he became a librarian in Alba Iulia (Romania). He also acted as a diplomat in the service of Gabriel Betlen. Bocatius’s collection of occasional poems was published in 1599 by the printer Jakub Klös (died 1618), founder of a printery in Bardejov (1598–1618), which focused on the publishing and printing of literary works, small prints, and religious treatises by contemporary Slovak authors.
Jakub Klös, Bardejov
Title in Original Language
M. Ioannis Bocatii Poëtӕ Laureati Cӕʃarei Hvngaridos Libri Poematvm V.
Type of Item
505 folios ; 15 x 9 centimeters
Last updated: January 16, 2015