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.


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.




BRAUNIUS, Johannes (1628-1708). Commentarius in epistolam ad Hebraeos. Amsterdam, Hendrick Boom and the widow of Dirk Boom, 1705. 4to. (28) 971 (73) pp. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.


Braunius, a follower of Coccejus, was professor of theology and Hebrew at the University of Groningen. He published several polemical writings, but became particularly noted for his scholarly studies. His works, especially the present commentary on Hebrews, show an accurate knowledge of jewish rites and customs and a great familiarity with rabbinical literature.




DRIEBERGE, Joannes (1686-1746). De praedestinatione et gratia liber. Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1744. 4to. (8) 254 (2) pp. Bound with: IDEM. Libri duo, unus de bonis novi foederis et futuro hominum statu, alter de baptismo et S. coena. Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1746. 4to. (20) 192, (4) 168 pp. Contemporary calf with gilt spine and red title label.


First Latin editions of Drieberge’s most important treatises on the Remonstrant doctrines. Drieberge studied at the Remonstrant Seminary in Amsterdam and was minister in successively Noordwijk, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. In 1737 he was appointed professor at the Remonstrant Seminary, in which capacity he wrote the treatises above. De praedestinatione et gratia libercan be considered as a late response to Johan van den Honert’s De gratia Dei, non universali sed particulari (1725), but was intended first and foremost as a manual for students. It was translated into Dutch in 1781. In his Libri duo, unus de bonis novi foederis et futuro hominum statu, alter de baptismo et S. coena Drieberge sets forth in brief chapters the Remonstrant doctrines of salvation and the sacraments. – Top of spine slightly damaged, library bookplate on upper pastedown, and library stamp on first title page.




GERDES, Daniël (1698-1765). Specimen Italiae reformatae, sive Observata quaedam ad historiam renati in Italia tempore reformationis evangelii, una cum syllabo reformatorum Italorum. Leiden, Johannes le Mair and Cornelis van Hoogeveen, 1765. 4to. (34) 354 pp. Half leather with marbled paper-covered boards and red title label.


First and only edition of Gerdes’ posthumously published history of the Reformation in Italy. Gerdes studied at the Gymnasium Illustre of Bremen and the University of Utrecht and was, after being affiliated with the University of Duisburg for about a decade, professor of theology at the University of Groningen. Gerdes had particularly distinguished himself as a church historian. He published a monumental history of the Reformation (1744-1752) and earned a lot of fame for his Scrinium antiquarium, in which he published numerous rare and up until then unpublished sources. His history of the Reformation in Italy, finished shortly before his death, is preceded by a brief outline of his life by his son-in-law Ewald Hollebeek (1719-1796).




MOOR, Bernardinus de (1709-1780). Commentarius perpetuus in Johannis Marckii Compendium theologiae christianae didactico-elencticum. Pars prima [-septima]. Leiden, Johannes Hasebroek and Jan Hendrik van Damme [colophon: printed by Jan Hendrik van Damme and/or Daniel van Damme], 1761-1771. 7 Volumes. 4to. (20) 1034 (6) + (16) 1087 (5) + (24) 1173 (2) + (8) 912 (4) + (12) 828 (4) + (22) 970 (14) + (4) 126 pp. With extra inserted folding portrait of the author in volume 6. Bound with: IDEM. Supplementum Commentarii perpetui in Johannis Marckii Compendium theologiae christianae didactico-elencticum. Leiden, Elie Luzac, Jan Hendrik van Damme and/or Daniel van Damme [colophon: printed by Jan Hendrik van Damme and/or Daniel van Damme], 1774. 4to. (4) 181 (7) pp. Bound with: IDEM. Epimetron supplementi commentarii perpetui in Johannis Marckii Compendium theologiae christianae didactico-elencticum. Leiden, Elie Luzac, Jan Hendrik van Damme, 1778. 4to. 93 (1) pp. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.


First and only edition of De Moor’s commentary on Johannes à Marck’s Compendium theologiae christianae didactico-elencticum, including the two supplements. De Moor, a Dutch Reformed theologian, was professor of theology at the universities of Franeker and Leiden. Although his magnum opus is chiefly based on his lectures, it also contains material from Andreas Essenius (1618-1677), Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706), and other theologians. It is the most extensive dogmatic work ever published in the Netherlands. – Tear in portrait.




SPANHEIM, Friedrich (1632-1701). Opera. Leiden, Cornelis Boutesteyn, Jordaan Luchtmans, Johannes Du Vivié, and Isaac Severinus, 1701-1703. 3 Volumes in 2. Folio. (18) 102 (34), (4) 960 (41) + (14) 779 (29) + (6) 675 (47) pp. With portrait of Friedrich Spanheim, 14 engraved plates (of which 12 double-page maps), some woodcut illustrations in the text and several decorated woodcut initial letters. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.


Beautiful copy of the collected works of Friedrich Spanheim the younger, son of Friedrich Spanheim the elder. Spanheim the younger was born at Geneva, studied at the University of Leiden, and became professor of theology at the University of Heidelberg. In 1670 he returned to Leiden, where he succeeded Johannes Coccejus as professor of theology and church history. He published a lot of theological writings, in which he showed himself a defender of Reformed orthodoxy like his father. The results of his literary labours were collected in his Opera and included works in church history, exegesis, and dogmatics, as well as several polemics against Arminians, Cartesians, Cocceians, and Jesuits. Especially Spanheim’s works in church history are highly esteemed. – Later endpapers.




SURENHUSIUS, Guilielmus (1666-1729). [Sefer ha-meshaweh] sive [Biblos katallages] in quo secundum veterum theologorum Hebraeorum formulas allegandi, & modos interpretandi conciliantur loca ex V. in N.T. allegata. Amsterdam, Jan Boom, 1713. 4to. (24) 712 pp. Contemporary vellum.


First and only edition of Surenhusius’ last major publication. Surenhusius was probably the most philosemitic Christian Hebraist of the seventeenth century and is known for his Latin translation of the Mishnah. He studied at the University of Groningen, moved to Amsterdam in 1686 to take up lessons in rabbinical literature with Jewish teachers, and became professor of Oriental languages at the Amsterdam Athenaeum Illustre in 1704. His Biblos katallages, devoted to the use of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, brings together his desire to safeguard the unity of Scripture and his high esteem of the Mishnah by showing that all apparent contradictions would vanish if one supposed that the New Testament used the Old Testament in the same way as the Mishnah does.

Fürst III, 397.




WERENFELS, Samuel (1657-1740). Dissertatio de logomachiis eruditorum. Accedit diatribe de meteoris orationis. Amsterdam, Henricus Wetstein, Rudolf Wetstein, and Gerard Wetstein, 1702. 8vo. (16) 328 (24) pp. Bound with: IDEM. Dissertationum theologicarum sylloge. Basel, Johann Konrad von Mechel for Johann Ludwig Koenig, 1709. 8vo. (24) 527 (1) pp. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum.


First Latin edition of Werenfels’ famous dissertation on the logomachy of the savants (not counting the disputations under his presiding published between 1688 and 1692), bound together with the first collection of his writings. Werenfels, a Swiss reformed theologian, was one of the so-called Helvetian triumvirate of reasonable orthodoxy. He held several chairs at the University of Basel, but decided to withdraw from the University in 1716 to work towards a renewal of Reformed theology. His criticism of traditional theology becomes clear in his Dissertatio de logomachiis eruditorum, in which he shows how often controversies that divide even Christians are at bottom mere verbal disputes arising from moral deficiencies, especially from pride. It was frequently reprinted – among others in the four editions of his Opuscula theologica, philosophica et philologica – and has also been translated into English.




WERENFELS, Samuel (1657-1740). Opuscula theologica, philosophica et philologica. Editio altera ab auctore recognita, emendata & aucta. Tomus primus [-secundus]. Lausanne and Genève, Marc Michel Bousquet, 1739. 2 Volumes in 1. 4to. (42) 462 (2) 463-505 + (32) 579 (23) pp. With engraved portrait of the author. Contemporary calf with gilt spine, gilt board edges, and red edges.


Beautiful large paper copy of the Opuscula of the Swiss Reformed theologian Samuel Werenfels. – Top of spine and upper corner of upper cover slightly worn.