ANASTASIUS VELUANUS, Joannes [= Jan GERRITSZ. VERSTEGHE] (ca. 1520-1570). Een korte onderrichtinghe van alle de principale puncten des christen geloofs, met clare ghetuygenisse der heyligher Schriftueren, ende goede bekentenisse der ouder doctoren, met aenwijsinghe wanneer, ende door welcke persoonen de erreuren op ghestaen, ende vermeerdert zijn. Bereyt voor den simpelen ongheleerden christenen, ende is daeromme ghenaemt Der leecken wechwijser. Amsterdam, Jan Evertsz. Cloppenburgh, 1631. 8vo. 372 (4) pp. Expertly rebound in traditionally handmade overlapping deer vellum.

5.000,-

Extremely rare seventeenth-century edition of one of the earliest and most famous works of the Dutch Reformation. Jan Gerritsz. Versteghe was born in Stroe, a small village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. From 1544 he worked as pastor in Garderen, but he was imprisoned by the Inquisition for his evangelical preaching in 1550. During the interrogation, he was placed under so much pressure that he recanted his position, an event over which he suffered deep remorse for the remainder of his life. Through the intervention of Mary of Hungary (1505-1558), governor of the Netherlands, Versteghe was set free in 1553 on the condition that he would present himself at Louvain within a fortnight to study Catholic theology as a form of punishment. On his way to Louvain, however, Versteghe – who called himself Anastasius Veluanus (the resurrected Veluwenaar) after his imprisonment – decided to flee. He became minister in Steeg near Bacharach on the Rhine in 1554, was a member of the college of superintendents in the Palatinate from 1561, and died in Bacharach in 1570. Der leecken wechwijser (The layman’s guide) was first published in 1554 in the Gelders tongue, a dialect closely related to Dutch. It contains a short report on the principal points of the Christian belief for the unlearned Christian. Versteghe encouraged an undogmatic Christianity based on the Bible, combining a basically Reformed position with influences from various Protestant as well as humanistic sources. Originally he was attracted to Erasmus, but later he sided with Luther and subsequently with Zwingli and Calvin, which clearly came through in his view of the Lord’s Supper. Because it addressed almost all the topics of Christian doctrine, Der leecken wechwijser can be seen as the first Dutch Reformed dogmatics. The first edition was followed by a Dutch edition in 1555, which was frequently reprinted between 1591 and 1632. It was widely read and turned countless persons to the Reformation. – Extensive annotations on upper endpapers and lower outer corner of second half of the book slightly stained.

Morsink, Joannes Anastasius Veluanus (Jan Gerritsz. Versteghe, levensloop en ontwikkeling) (1986), p. 106.

 

 

 

BÈZE, Théodore de (1519-1605). Tractatio de polygamia, in qua et Ochini apostatae pro polygamia, et Montanistarum ac aliorum adversus repetitas nuptias argumenta refutantur: addito veterum canonum & quarundam civilium legum ad normam Verbi Divini examine. Deventer, Jan Colomp, 1651. 8vo. 224 pp. Bound with: IDEM. Tractatio de repudiis et divortiis: in qua pleraeque de causis matrimonialibus (quas vocant) incidentes controversiae ex Verbo Dei deciduntur. Additur juris civilis Romanorum, & veterum his de rebus canonum examen, ad ejusdem Verbi Dei, & aequitatis normam. Deventer, Jan Colomp, 1651. 8vo. 252 (17) pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

950,-

Respectively last and penultimate edition of Beza’s famous tracts on polygamy and divorce. In the late 1560s, Beza decided to focus his biblical studies on a close examination of some problems in marriage law, in the evident hope that they would be of use in shaping the laws of his day. It resulted in two treatises, his tract on polygamy, in large part a polemic against the Italian reformer Bernardino Ochino (1487-1564), and his tract on annulment and divorce, an extended analysis of arguments for ending marriages in the expectation that they would be followed by remarriages. The treatises were first published in 1568 and 1569 and have been reprinted several times, both separately and together. All these editions appeared in Latin, except for a single edition of a translation into Dutch of the two treatises together. – I: Two small holes in the title page, slightly affecting two letters. II: Margin of one leaf partly torn off costing a few letters of a shoulder note.

I: Gardy 247; Jackson 2910. II: Gardy 253; Jackson 2910.

 

 

 

Biblia: dat is, De gantsche heylighe Schrift, grondelick ende trouwelick verduytschet. Met verclaringhe duysterer woorden, redenen ende spreucken, ende verscheyden lectien, die in ander loflicke oversettinghen ghevonden, ende hier aen de cant toe-ghesettet zijn. Met noch rijcke aenwijsinghen, der ghelijck ofte onghelijcstemmenden plaetsen, op het alder ghewiste, met scheyt-letteren ende versen ghetale (daer een yeghelick capittel nae Hebreyscher wijse, mede onderdeylt is) verteeckent. Leiden, Jan Paedts Jacobsz. and Jan Bouwensz., 1608. 8vo. (32) 531 (69) fol. Rebound in modern blind- and gilt-stamped leather with one clasp.

1.250,-

Early seventeenth-century Deux-aes Bible, including the Apocrypha, rhymed Psalms of Petrus Datheen (1531-1588), and Heidelberg Catechism. – Annotations on upper endpaper and last printed leaf.

Darlow & Moule 3302; Long, Boek-zaal der Nederduitsche bybels (1764), p. 751; Poortman, Bijbel en prent I, 218; Höweler en Matter, Fontes hymnodiae Neerlandicae impressi, Bib/Dath 1608; Nootenboom, Jan Paedts Jacobsz. (1541-1622): uitgever, drukker en boekverkoper te Leiden (2009), 191.

 

 

 

BOWLES, Oliver (ca. 1577-1644). De pastore evangelico tractatus: in quo universum munus pastorale, tam quoad pastoris vocationem, & praeparationem, quàm ipsius muneris exercitium, accuratè proponitur. After the copy printed at London, Samuel Gellibrand, 1659. 12mo. (24) 394 pp. Bound with: WAEYEN, Johannes van der (1639-1701). Methodus concionandi. Quam in gratiam studiosae juventutis, typis excudi curavit. Franeker, Adriaan Heins, 1704. 12mo. (16) 201 (1) pp. Contemporary vellum.

650,-

Third (or fourth?) edition of Bowles’ treatise on pastoral ministry (possibly printed in the Netherlands), bound together with the first edition of Van der Waeyen’s treatise on homiletics. Oliver Bowles, an English puritan and one of the elder members of the Westminster Assembly, was an excellent scholar and a man of great piety. He taught at Queens College in Cambridge and served many years as a pastor at Sutton in Bedfordshire. His De pastore evangelico tractatus, posthumously published by his son, expands on a wide range of pastoral duties and provides a practical puritan description of the pastoral ministry. Van der Waeyen, a Dutch Reformed theologian, was successively pastor at Spaarndam, Leeuwarden, and Middelburg, and professor of Hebrew and theology at the University of Franeker. He left many writings, among which are several polemical works and his treatise above.

I: Wing B3883.

 

 

 

BUCANUS, Gulielmus (-1603). Institutiones theologicae, seu locorum communium christianae religionis, ex Dei verbo, et praestantissimorum theologorum orthodoxo consensu expositorum, analysis: ad leges methodi didascalicae, quaestionibus & responsionibus conformata: atque in usum ministerij sacri candidatorum, qui se ad examen doctrinae subeundum parant, accomodata. Genève, Esaias le Preux, 1612. 8vo. (20) 892 (56) pp. With folding table. Contemporary overlapping limp vellum.

800,-

Third Latin edition of Bucanus’ major dogmatic work. Bucanus, the first representative of Calvinistic scholasticism, was born in Rouen and became professor of theology at the Academy of Lausanne in 1591. He is best-known for his Institutiones theologicae. It was first published in 1602 and had several reprints within a couple of years. Organized in transparent and accessible chapters, it deals with a wide range of themes, from God and the Trinity through angels and original righteousness. The order of topics is largely modeled on that of Calvin's Institutes, with a few modifications, some perhaps drawn from Robert Masson’s edition of Vermigli's Loci communes. – Upper corners of first half of the book slightly stained, some minor spots, and two dated owners’ inscriptions by Samuel Oliverius and Jacques Flournoy (1608-1675).

 

 

 

COCCEJUS, Johannes (1603-1669). S. Pauli apostoli epistola ad Galatas, cum commentario Johannis Coccei S.S. theolog. professoris. Leiden, Daniel, Abraham, and Adriaen van Gaasbeeck, 1665. 4to. (12) 302 (1) pp. Bound with: IDEM. Epistola S. Judae apostoli cum commentario Johannis Coccei, S.S. theol. professoris. Leiden, Daniel, Abraham, and Adriaen van Gaasbeeck, 1665. 4to. (8) 62 pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

500,-

Very rare first Latin editions of Coccejus’ commentaries on Galatians and Jude. Coccejus, Reformed theologian and a leading exponent of covenant theology, was born in Bremen, but spent most of his life in the Netherlands. First in Franeker, where he became professor of Hebrew and Oriental languages in 1636 and professor of theology in 1643, but he moved to the University of Leiden in 1650, where he taught until his death in 1669. His writings include commentaries on all the books of the Bible, a Hebrew lexicon, works on philology, dogmatics, ethics, and volumes on biblical theology, including his famous Summa doctrinae de foedere et testamento Dei (first published in 1648). Coccejus’ commentaries were published in a steady flow throughout the years, but especially the 1660s saw the publication of many of his exegetical writings, including both commentaries above. – Crossed out dated owner’s inscription on third free endpaper.

I: Willems 895. II: Willems 896.

 

 

 

DAILLÉ, Jean (1594-1670). De imaginibus libri IV. Leiden, Bonaventura Elzevier and Abraham Elzevier, 1642. 8vo. (16) 552 (3) pp. Contemporary vellum.

350,-

First and only Latin edition of Daillé’s important treatise on the use and worship of images. Daillé, a French Protestant theologian, was successively private chaplain to the Huguenot leader Philippe Duplessis-Mornay and pastor at Saumur and Charenton in Paris. His treatise above, which is divided into four books, was first published in French in 1641. For decades it remained unanswered by Roman Catholic writers. The most thoughtful response came from Noël Alexandre (1639-1724), a French Dominican, who inserted a dissertation in his twenty-six-volume ecclesiastical history (1676-1686) in which he attempted to negate Daillé’s arguments. – Centre of upper pastedown cut out (presumably to remove a bookplate) and first endpaper missing.

Willems 536.

 

 

 

DAILLÉ, Jean (1594-1670). De usu patrum ad ea definienda religionis capita, quae sunt hodie controversa, libri duo, Latinè è Gallico à I. Mettayero redditi; ab auctore recogniti, aucti, & emendati. Genève, Jean Antoine Chouet, 1686. 4to. (16) 367 pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

600,-

Third Latin edition of Daillé’s influential treatise on the right use of the Church Fathers. Daillé, a French Protestant theologian, was successively private chaplain to the Huguenot leader Philippe Duplessis-Mornay (after being tutor to two of his grandsons), pastor at Saumur, and, from 1626 until his death in 1670, pastor at Charenton in Paris. His treatise above, first published in French in 1632, deals with the use and abuse of the Fathers. Theologians often quoted the Fathers in defending their own doctrines, but according to Daillé the Fathers were occupied with completely different problems. He argued that authors from the past could not help in answering contemporary questions and should not be quoted out of their historical and literary context. – Corners of last leaves stained.

 

 

 

GATAKER, Thomas (1574-1654). Cinnus, sive Adversaria miscellanea; animadversionum variarum libris sex comprehensa. Quorum primores duo nunc primitùs prodeunt, reliqis deinceps (Deo favente) seorsim insecuturis. London, James Flesher for Laurence Sadler, 1651. 4to. (6) 454 (1) pp. Bound with: IDEM. De novi instrumenti stylo dissertatio. Qua viri doctissimi Sebastiani Pfochenii, de linguae Graecae Novi Testamenti puritate; in qua Hebraismis, quae vulgo finguntur, qam plurimis larva detrahi dicitur; diatribe ad examen revocatur: scriptorumqe qâ sacrorum, qâ profanorum, loca aliqam-multa, obiter explicantur atqe illustrantur. Cum indicibus necessariis. London, Thomas Harper for Laurence Sadler, 1648. 4to. (4) 346 (2) pp. Contemporary calf with gilt spine.

650,-

First editions of two of Gataker’s principal philological works. Gataker, a puritan divine educated at St. John’s College in Cambridge, was known as a godly preacher and an excellent humanist scholar. One of his most famous works is his De novi instrumenti stylo dissertatio, a major linguistic study of the Greek of the New Testament in relation to the Hebrew language. It was published in 1648 as a response to Sebastian Pfochen, a German philologist who argued that the Greek of the New Testament was a pure classical Greek. Gataker’s Adversaria miscellanea appeared a couple of years later, containing only the first two books of the six announced on the title page. The remaining four books were posthumously published in 1659 under the title Adversaria miscellanea posthuma. – Joints and spine expertly restored, wormhole in inner margin (not affecting the text), and lower margin of one leaf partly torn off (slightly affecting the quire signature).

I: Wing G313. II: Wing G318.

 

 

 

GOMARUS, Franciscus (1563-1641). Opera theologica omnia, maximam partem posthuma: suprema authoris voluntate à discipulis edita. Cum indicibus necessariis. Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius, 1664. Folio. (24) 786 [= 796], 372 (59) pp. With engraved portrait of the author. Contemporary vellum.

1.800,-

Second edition of Gomarus’ Opera omnia. – Pastedowns partly detached.

 

 

 

GROTIUS, Hugo (1583-1645). Opera omnia theologica, in tres tomos divisa. Ante quidem per partes, nunc autem conjunctim & accuratiùs edita. Quid porro huic editioni prae caeteris accesserit, praefatio ad lectorem docebit. Amsterdam, heirs of Joan Blaeu, 1679. 3 Volumes in 4. Folio. (24) 800 (67) + (4) 1238 (173) + (2) 755 (63) pp. With full-page engraved portrait of the author. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum with red title labels.

2.500,-

Monumental edition of Grotius’ theological oeuvre, including his annotations on the Old and New Testament as well as several smaller theological works. – Some foxing throughout.

Ter Meulen & Diermanse 919.

 

 

HOORNBEEK, Johannes (1617-1666). [Teshuvat Yehudah] sive, Pro convincendis, et convertendis Judaeis, libri octo. Leiden, Pieter Leffen, 1655. 4to. (8) 51 (1 blank) 57-578 (12) pp. Bound with: IDEM. De conversione Indorum & gentilium. Libri duo. Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1669. 4to. (56) 259 (15) 260-265 pp. With engraved folding portrait of the author. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

1.400,-

First editions of two very important missionary works. The first work is a comprehensive treatise on the conversion of the Jews, in which Hoornbeek thoroughly examined the differences between Judaism and Christianity. In the preliminary pages he also stated his views on the place of Jews in the acts of God, the prejudices of Jews regarding Christians, and the means to convert Jews. His posthumously published De conversione Indorum & gentilium deals with the conversion of native populations of Asia and America. It is preceded by a preliminary chapter on Hoornbeek’s life by David Stuart. Hoornbeek was professor of theology at the universities of Utrecht and Leiden and a representative of Dutch orthodox Reformed theology. – Library stamp on title page.

I: Fürst I, 407.

 

 

 

LAPIDE, Cornelius Cornelii à (1567-1637). Commentaria. Antwerpen, Jacobus Meurs, 1673-1684. 10 Volumes. Folio. (8) 1060 (55) + (8) 359 (1), (2) 400 (28), (8) 314 (44) + (8) 903 (111) + (8) 360 (36), (16) 376 (44), (4) 336 (22) + (6) 1040 (82) + (44) 1414 (113) + (24) 848 (90) + (6) 620 (68), (4) 557 (54) + (12) 976 (103) + (8) 368 (34), 570 (46), 356 (39) pp. With 4 full-page engravings of the major prophets. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.

2.950,-

Beautiful complete set of Lapide’s Bible commentaries. Lapide studied humanities and philosophy at the Jesuit colleges of Maastricht and Cologne and theology at the universities of Douai and Leuven. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1592, was ordained priest in 1595, became professor of theology and Hebrew at the University of Leuven, and was finally called to Rome. Lapide distinguished himself as an outstanding exegete. He wrote commentaries on almost all the books of the Bible, including the deuterocanonical books. The only Bible books he did not comment on are Job and the Psalms. His Bible commentaries went through numerous editions and were appreciated by both Catholics and Protestants. – Small split in upper joint of volume 1, marginal wormhole in first 34 leaves of volume 3, upper corners of first 60 leaves of volume 9 stained, occasional underlinings in ink (some more in the first 2 volumes), some spotting and browning, a few minor defects, but otherwise a very good copy.

 

 

 

 

LEYDEKKER, Melchior (1642-1721). De veritate fidei reformatae, ejusdemque sanctitate libri III. Sive commentarius ad catechesin Palatinam, quo principia fidei demonstrantur & theologiae practicae medulla exhibetur. Utrecht and Leiden, widow of Willem Clerck and Jordaan Luchtmans, 1694. 4to. (72) 560, 138 (2) 139-155 (24) pp. Contemporary vellum.

650,-

Rare first and only edition of Leydekker’s commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism. – Dated owner’s inscription of Albertus Ritschl on first free endpaper and lower pastedown detached.

 

 

 

LIGHTFOOT, John (1602-1675). Opera omnia: hac nova editione operibus ejusd. posthumis, nunquam hactenus editis, locupletata; quorum syllabus, pagina post vitam auctoris ultima, exhibetur. Johannes Leusden textum Hebraicum recensuit & emendavit. Editio secunda, priore longe correctior & emendatior. Franeker, Leonardus Strick, 1699. 2 Volumes. Folio. (frontispiece, 94) 803 (52) + (12) 940 [= 936] (60) pp. With 1 engraved folding map of the Holy Land and 2 engraved folding plans of Jerusalem and the Temple. Bound with: IDEM. Opera posthuma, antehac inedita, quorum syllabus pagina versa exhibetur; cum indice necessario. Franeker, Leonardus Strick, 1699. Folio. (6) 202 (16) pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

600,-

Second Latin edition of Lightfoot’s Opera omnia, bound together with the first Latin edition of his Opera posthuma. Lightfoot was a noted seventeenth-century Hebraist and biblical scholar, educated at Cambridge. He successively served as rector of Stone (Staffordshire), Ashley (Staffordshire), and Much Munden (Hertfordshire), was a member of the Westminster Assembly and master of St Catharine’s College at Cambridge, and also served as vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge for a while. From 1629 onwards he published a series of works using his extensive knowledge of the Talmud to elucidate the Scriptures. Probably best known is hisHorae Hebraicae et Talmudicae, a commentary on the New Testament extending as far as 1 Corinthians, which comments from the perspective of Judaism. The second Latin edition of Lightfoot’s Opera omnia was edited by Johannes Leusden (1624-1699) and is preceded by a memoir of his life. – Portrait missing.

 

 

 

LUTHER, Martin (1483-1546). Der Erste [-Zehnte] Teil aller Deutschen Bücher und Schrifften des theuren, seeligen Mannes Gottes, Doct. Martini Lutheri, vom XVII. Jahre an, biss auff das XXII. Aus denen Wittenbergischen, Jehnisch- und Eisslebischen Tomis zusammen getragen. Altenburg, Fürstlich Sächsischen Officin, 1661-1664. 10 Volumes in 7. Folio. With 1 double-page engraving and 98 woodcut illustrations in the text. (42) 932 [= 944] + (12) 911 (1) + (12) 915 [= 913] (1) + (12) 802 (2) + (18) 1281 (2) + (14) 1428 [= 1430] (5) + (16) 722 (2) + (32) 1005 [= 1029] (1) + (10) 1598 (1) + (24) 1262 [= 1258] pp. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin, with gilt-stamped initials EG, gilt-stamped date 1673, and blind-stamped portrait of Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1526-1586) on the front covers, blind-stamped coat-of-arms on the back covers, and later title labels.

10.000,-

Magnificent copy of the so-called Altenburg edition of Luther’s works, once part of the library of the Counts and Princes of Stolberg-Wernigerode. The Stolberg library was founded by Wolf Ernest of Stolberg (1546-1606) and went through a great period during the reign of Christian Ernest of Stolberg-Wernigerode (1691-1771), whose bookplate has been placed in the books. According to the dated owner’s inscriptions on the title pages and the stamped initials on the front covers the first owner was Ehrenfried Geier (1638-1695), Hofrat and Oberamtmann in Schönburg and Waldenburg. – All volumes with owner’s bookplate of Christian Ernest of Stolberg-Wernigerode on upper pastedown and small library stamp and dated owner’s inscription of Ehrenfried Geier on title page, light wear to spines, manuscript text on verso of third free endpaper of volume 1, a few pen underlinings and marginal annotations (some more in volume 9), some leaves of volume 9 with small stain in lower corner or outer margin, and corner of one leaf expertly restored (not affecting the text).

VD 17 3:307859P; Knaake I, 32.

 

 

 

MARLORAT, Augustin (1506-1562). Novi Testamenti catholica expositio ecclesiastica. Ex probatis theologis, quos Dominus ecclesiae suae diversis in locis dedit, excerpta & diligenter concinnata: sive bibliotheca expositionum Novi Testamenti, id est, expositio ex probatis theologis collecta, & in unum corpus singulari artificio conflata: quae instar bibliothecae multis expositoribus refertae esse possit. Authore Augustino Marlorato, verbi Dei ministro, diu multumque in theologia versato. Editio septima. Cum indice locupletissimo variarum rerum ad christianam religionem pertinentium, quae quidem in hac catholica expositione ecclesiastica tractantur. [No place], widow of Joannes Commelinus, 1620. Folio. (8) 1194 [= 1200] (33) pp. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.

950,-

Seventh Latin edition of Marlorat’s anthology of interpretations of the New Testament. It was first published in Geneva by Henri Estienne in 1561 and had been modelled after Thomas Aquinas’s Catena aurea in quatuor Evangelia. As well as citing select church fathers and Roman Catholic authors (e.g., Santes Pagnini), Marlorat selects excerpts from the Wittenberg commentators, the Strasbourg, Basel, and Zurich schools, and from Genevan theologians (notably Calvin). Furthermore he interspersed them with his own comments. Marlorat, who was executed in 1562, also published anthologies on Genesis, Job, the Psalms, Song of Songs, and Isaiah. – Leaf with annotations and catalogue clippings mounted on upper pastedown, two small owners’ stamps on upper pastedown and title page, two dated owners’ inscriptions on first endpaper, and new ties.

VD 17 14:647610C.

 

 

 

OWTRAM, William (1626-1679). De sacrificiis libri duo; quorum altero explicantur omnia, Judaeorum, nonnulla gentium profanarum sacrificia: altero sacrificium Christi. Utroque ecclesiae catholicae his de rebus sententia contra Faustum Socinum, ejúsque sectatores defenditur. Amsterdam, Abraham van Someren, 1688. 8vo. (12) 344 (12) pp. Contemporary vellum.

500,-

Third edition of Owtram’s dissertations on sacrifices, a defence of the doctrine of atonement against the ideas of the Socinians. Owtram, a highly esteemed English conformist theologian, has divided his work into two parts. The twenty-two chapters of the first part deal with sacrifices in general and the Old Testament sacrifices of the Jews in particular. The second part is divided into seven chapters and deals with the sacrifice of Christ. De sacrificiis libri duo was first published in London in 1677, but became very influential in the Netherlands when Abraham van Someren published two editions in 1678 and 1688. In spite of its anti-Socinian character the Catholic church placed it on the index of forbidden books in 1679. – Greek inscription and two library bookplates on upper pastedown and a small stain in the index.

Bibliographia Sociniana 4280.

 

 

 

RIVET, André (1572-1651). Isagoge, seu Introductio generalis, ad Scripturam Sacram Veteris & Novi Testamenti. In qua, ejus natura, existentia, autoritas, necessitas, puritas, versionum & interpretationum rationes & modi, indagantur; ejusque dignitas, perfectio, & usus, adversus veteres & novos Scripturarum lucifugas, asseritur; & de vero controversiarum fidei judice, fusius disputatur. Adjuncti sunt indices necessarij. Leiden, Isaac Commelinus [colophon: printed by Jan Claesz. van Dorp], 1627. 4to. (32) 520 (36) pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

950,-

First and only Latin edition of Rivet’s important manual of Biblical hermeneutics. It was based on a lecture that Rivet – professor of theology at the University of Leiden – had given in 1624 and is divided into thirty chapters. Chapters one to three deal, among others, with names given to the Bible and the authority of the Scripture. Chapters four to thirteen discuss respectively the Scripture’s origins, causes, canon, original languages, ancient and modern Latin, and vernacular translations. In chapter fourteen Rivet turns to exegesis and treats successively of the literal meaning, accommodation, logical sequence, and ways of investigating the literal meaning. In chapter nineteen he poses the question of who should be the judge of correct interpretation, showing in the next two chapters that no man or body of men can fulfill that function. Chapters twenty-two and twenty-three deal with clarity of the Scripture. Chapters twenty-four to twenty-seven with the Scripture’s self-sufficiency and its relation to tradition written and unwritten. And the final three chapters deal with Scriptural eloquence, division of the text into sections, chapters and verses and the usefulness of the Old Testament to Christians. – Top of spine expertly restored, some owners’ inscriptions on upper endpaper and title page, a few pen and pencil annotations, and ties lacking.

 

 

 

SCHURMAN, Anna Maria van (1607-1678). Opuscula Hebraea, Graeca, Latina, Gallica, prosaica & metrica. Utrecht, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1652. 8vo. (10) 364 pp. Contemporary overlapping vellum.

500,-

Third, revised and enlarged edition, which includes the theological treatise De vitae humanae termino, a dissertation about the right of women to study, 67 letters written by Anna Maria (and a few written to her), 25 of her poems, and 14 eulogies written by others. Anna Maria, a Dutch Reformed woman, was unquestionable one of the most learned women of her time. She kept up a lively correspondence with numerous intellectuals and was famous throughout Europe. She received private lessons in theology and Semitic languages from Voetius, her mentor, who also enabled her to attend lectures at the University of Utrecht in a special loge that concealed her from the male students. Especially her feeling for languages was extraordinary. She composed poems in for instance Dutch, French, German, English, and Italian, as well as in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Chaldean. – Portrait missing and an additional leaf inserted with the corrected text of page 154.

 

 

 

VOET, Paulus (1619-1667). Theologia naturalis reformata. Cui subjecta brevis de anima separata disquisitio. Utrecht, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1656. 4to. (8) 614 (34) pp. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.

450,-

Rare first and only edition of one of the major works of Paulus Voet, son of Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676). – Pastedowns detached, pen underlinings throughout, two quires stained, and ties lacking.

 

 

 

WITSIUS, Hermannus (1636-1708). De oeconomia foederum Dei cum hominibus libri quatuor. Editio tertia. Ex recensione auctoris, prioribus multo emendatior & auctior. Utrecht, François Halma and Willem van de Water, 1694. 4to. (18) 919 (17) pp. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.

350,-

Third Latin edition of Witsius’ magnum opus on the covenants. – Small marginal wormhole in the index (not affecting the text).