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William Tyndale (d. 1536).
The Parable of the Wycked Mammon.
“Malborowe, in the lande of Hess: Hans Luft, 8 May 1528” [London?: s.n., 1537?]. Copy 1.

William Tyndale (d. 1536).
The Parable of the Wycked Mammon.
“Malborowe, in the lande of Hess: Hans Luft,
8 May 1528” [London?: s.n., 1537?]. Copy 2.

Supporting the Protestant belief in justification by faith, William Tyndale’s essay on Christ’s parable of the unjust steward (Luke 16) was one of the eighteen works prohibited in England by mandate of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1526. Heavily influenced by Martin Luther’s tract on the same parable first published in 1522, Tyndale’s version likely was in print by 1526, although no copy of that date survives. The earliest extant copies are from an edition published in Antwerp in 1528 by an anonymous printer who used a false imprint claiming that it had been produced by one of Luther’s leading publishers in Marburg, Germany. Bridwell Library’s two copies of the work share this false imprint, although they are actually from an edition published secretly in England approximately ten years later.