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.


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).




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.




SARCERIUS, Erasmus (1501-1559). Loci aliquot communes et theologici, in amico quodam responso, ad Pręsulis cuiusdam orationem, in gratiam boni ac integri, pię nunc memoriae amici, pro aperienda & tuenda veritate, methodicè explicati. Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolff, [1538?]. 4to. 43 lvs. Modern wrappers.


Rare first and only Latin edition of Sarcerius’ Loci communes. Loci communes –or commonplaces– are in the most basic sense additional explanations of a (biblical) text. Among theologians, however, it soon became shorthand for a doctrinal compendium. The first and best-known example of this kind was the Loci communes of Melanchthon, first published in 1521, soon followed by Loci communes of other theologians. One of these theologians was the Lutheran reformer Sarcerius, a prolific author, known for his pastoral works, biblical commentaries, and catechism. His Loci communes was translated into English by Richard Taverner (c. 1505-1575), who preferred Sarcerius’ Loci communes to Melanchthon's because of its popular appeal. – Single wormhole in margin.

VD 16 S 1746; Adams S 417.




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.




WIGAND, Johannes (ca. 1523-1587). Methodus doctrinae Christi, sicut in ecclesia Magdeburgensi tradita est. Jena, Günther Hüttich, 1572. 8vo. (10) 154 lvs. Modern marbled paper-covered boards.


Third Latin edition of Wigand’s summary of the way in which the church of Magdeburg taught the Christian faith. In the 1550s, before he was appointed professor of theology at the University of Jena, Wigand was pastor and superintendent at Magdeburg for some years. His Methodus doctrinae Christi was first published in German and sets forth twenty-eight loci or topics. Although the order of the topics differs at a few significant points, for the most part the same topics are treated as in the later editions of Melanchthon's Loci communes. Wigand however, who was one of the leading Gnesio-Lutherans, presented different content and conclusions in several key loci. – Library stamp and two owner’s inscriptions on title page and some old underlinings and marginal annotations.

VD 16 W 2804.