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and earned a lot of fame for his Scrinium antiquarium, in which he published numerous rare and up until then unpublished sources.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).




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.