ALTHAMER, Andreas (ca. 1500-ca. 1539). Die Epistel S. Jacobs mit newer auslegung Andree Althamers. Wie sie gepredigt worden zu Onoltzbach. Wittenberg, [colophon: Georg Rhau], 1533. 4to. 64 lvs. Modern marbled paper-covered boards.


First German edition of Althamer’s exegesis of the epistle of James. Althamer was the leading reformer of Brandenburg-Ansbach. He studied at the universities of Leipzig and Tübingen and became a priest in Schwäbisch Gmünd in 1524. When he tried to introduce the Reformation he met with resistance from the council and was dismissed. In the next few years he stayed successively in Wittenberg, Nürnberg, Eltersdorf, Nürnberg again and finally, on the recommendation of Lazarus Spengler, he was appointed pastor to the city of Ansbach. According to Kolde, Althamer’s exegesis of the epistle of James belongs to the best sixteenth-century works of this kind because of its size and clearness. – Small tear in second leaf and some contemporary marginal annotations.

VD 16 B 5219, 5220; Kolde 13.




BÈZE, Théodore de (1519-1605). Iesu Christi D.N. Novum Testamentum, sive novum foedus. Cuius Graeco contextui respondent interpretationes duae: una, vetus: altera, nova, Theodori Bezę, diligenter ab eo recognita. Eiusdem Th. Bezae annotationes, quas itidem hac tertia editione recognovit, & accessione non parva locupletavit. Responsio eiusdem ad Seb. Castellionem, in qua multi Novi Testamenti & harum in ipsum annotationum loci accuratissimè excutiuntur, seorsum excusa prostat. [Genève], [Henri Estienne], 1582. Folio. (12) 525 (3 blank), 488 [= 486] (2 blank) (63) pp. Expertly rebound in traditionally handmade blind-stamped goatskin.


Third (also referred to as the second) major edition of Beza’s New Testament, containing the Greek text, the Vulgate, Beza’s revised translation and his extensive annotations. – Owner’s inscription on upper endpaper, dated owners’ inscriptions on title page, title page slightly soiled, some staining throughout, outer corners of a few leaves restored, small marginal wormhole in last five leaves (not affecting the text), and pen underlinings and pen annotations throughout.

Darlow & Moule 4643; Chaix-Dufour-Moeckli p. 103; Renouard p. 149; Adams B 1708.




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.




BRENZ, Johannes (1499-1570). Esaias propheta, commentarijs explicatus. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Braubach, 1555. Folio. (12) 1103 (27) pp. Bound with: IDEM. In prophetam Amos, Ioannis Brentii expositio. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Braubach, 1551. Folio. 45 (6) lvs. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards.


Second edition of Brenz’s extensive commentary on Isaiah, bound together with the fourth edition of his commentary on Amos. As most of his commentaries they were created in the tension between his original sermons (almost all Brenz’s commentaries had their roots in sermon series he preached) and his goal of providing preaching aids for pastors. Both the commentary on Isaiah and the commentary on Amos passed through several editions. The commentary on Amos is preceded by a highly laudatory preface by Luther, who describes his own speech as a wild wood compared with the clear, pure flow of Brenz’s language. – Binding slightly rubbed, clasps missing, later pastedowns, outer margin of one leaf partly torn off (not affecting the text), a few contemporary annotations, and some staining.

I: VD 16 B 7776; Köhler 286. II: VD 16 B 7700; Köhler 193; Adams B 2786.




BULLINGER, Heinrich (1504-1575). Von der Verklärung Jesu Christi, unsers Herren: ouch von unserer verklärung, unserem stand und wäsen in ewiger fröud und säligkeit. Das ouch unser Herr Jesus Christus der waar Messias, der recht frid unnd der einig aller wält leerer sye: uss dem 17. cap. Matthei, zwo Predginen Heinrychen Bullingers, gethon zuo Zürych im October. 1552. Zürich, Christoph Froschauer, 1556. 8vo. [32] lvs. Modern half vellum with marbled paper-covered boards.


Second and last edition of Bullinger’s two sermons on Jesus’ transfiguration, preached and first published in 1552. It is typical of a type of text which appeared with increasing frequency during the second half of Bullinger’s tenure as head of the Zurich church, the vernacular sermon or tract printed for literate lay people and clergy. They were sparks from the anvil of his preaching, based on the book of the Bible he was currently exposing and responding to contemporary religious controversies. The second sermon is particularly interesting because it treats Matthew 17:5, the text which is of central significance for Bullinger’s theology and appears as motto on the title page of almost all his works. – Two owners’ inscriptions on title page, outer margin of title page a bit frayed, old underlinings, a few marginal annotations, and stained throughout.

VD 16 B 9762; Staedtke 266; Rudolphi 467; Vischer C 518.




CALVIN, Jean (1509-1564). In omnes Pauli apostoli epistolas, atque etiam in epistolam ad Hebraeos, & omnes canonicas, Io. Calvini commentarii. Quae author ad marginem sui libri adnotavit, & quae vel expuncta vel addita comperimus, quàm maxima potuimus diligentia suo loco in hac aeditione inseri curavimus. Genève, Thomas Courteau, 1565. 8vo. (12) 1002 [= 1036] (44), (8) 185 (26) pp. Later blind-stamped leather.


First Latin octavo edition of Calvin’s collected commentaries on the New Testament epistles, published twice before in folio. Calvin wrote commentaries on almost every book of the New Testament. The first commentary Calvin published was on the epistle to the Romans, which came off the press in 1540, followed by his commentary on 1 Corinthians in 1546. From then on, Calvin published commentaries on the whole remaining Pauline corpus within four years. After Calvin had also finished his commentaries on the catholic epistles, a complete edition of his revised commentaries on all the New Testament epistles was published in 1556. It was followed by a second edition in 1563 (dated 1557) and the edition above in 1565. – Spine expertly restored and some old marginal annotations.

Peter & Gilmont 65/5; Erichson, p. 30; Chaix-Dufour-Moeckli 61; Adams C 322.




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.


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.




COCCEJUS, Johannes (1603-1669). Opera omnia theologica, exegetica, didactica, polemica, philologica; divisa in decem volumina. Editio tertia, auctior & emendatior. Amsterdam, Pieter Blaeu, Joan Blaeu, Gillis Janssonius van Waesberge, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, Hendrick Boom, the widow of Dirk Boom, and Rembertus Goethals, 1701 [colophon: Harderwijk, Albertus Sas, 1700]. 10 Volumes. Folio. (290) 339 [= 345] + 227 (1 blank), (16) 623 + (2) 348, 136 (2) 137-366 + 290, 284 + 455 (1 blank), 286 + 288, 326 (2 blank), 119 + 403 (1 blank), 202 + 164, 123 (1 blank), 112 + 144, 170 (1) (1 blank), 280 + (12) 509 (62) pp. With full-page engraved portrait of the author and 19 engraved plates (including 10 double-page engravings and 2 folding plates). With: IDEM. Opera anekdota theologica et philologica, divisa in duo volumina. Amsterdam, Gillis Janssonius van Waesberge, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, Hendrick Boom, the widow of Dirk Boom, and Rembertus Goethals, 1706-1707. 2 Volumes. Folio. (14) 662 [= 654] + 818 (47) pp. Rebound in modern half leather with marbled paper-covered boards.


The complete works of Coccejus, including the two-volume Opera anekdota. – With an additional (erroneous) leaf in volume 1, some pen underlinings and pen annotations in volume 2, a small marginal wormhole in the last part of volume 3 (not affecting the text), volume 4 (not affecting the text), and the first half of volume 5 (not affecting the text), and some browning and foxing.

Bibliographia Sociniana 4125, 4126.




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.


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.




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.


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.




LAVATER, Ludwig (1527-1586). Nabal. Narratio de vita et obitu Nabalis ebriosi: I. Samuelis XXV. descripta, homilijs X à Ludovico Lavatero Tigurino Germanica lingua exposita: nunc primùm à Ioanne Pontisella curiense Latinitate donata. Accessit rerum & verborum, locorum item sacrae scripturae, qui in opusculo explicantur, index. Zürich, heirs of Christoph Froschauer the younger, 1586. 8vo. (16) 127 lvs. Eighteenth-century marbled paper-covered boards.


First Latin edition of Ludwig Lavater’s sermons on 1 Samuel 25. The ten sermons on Nabal were first published in German in 1584, but apparently there also was a demand for a Latin edition. Lavater, the son-in-law of Heinrich Bullinger, was a Swiss Reformed theologian who studied in Zurich, Strasbourg, Paris, and Lausanne. Already in 1550 he was appointed Archdeacon at the Grossmünster in Zurich and he also briefly served as Antistes of the Zurich church as the successor of Rudolf Gwalther. Lavater was a prolific author, publishing homilies, commentaries, a survey of the liturgical practices of the Zurich church, a history of the Lord's supper controversy, as well as biographies of Bullinger and Konrad Pellikan. – Some annotations on upper pastedown and first free endpaper, binding slightly rubbed.

VD 16 L 826; Rudolphi 821; Vischer C 1088.




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.


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.




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.


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.




MATHESIUS, Johannes (1504-1565). Das tröstliche De profundis, welches ist der CXXX. Psalm Davids. Sampt Predigten von der Rechtfertigung, warer anrüffung, der Wag Gottes, und seliger sterbkunst des alten Simeonis, Luce 2. Auffs new mit fleisz ubersehen, corrigiert, und gezieret mit notwendigen Concordantzen. Nürnberg, Dietrich Gerlach, 1570-1571. 4to. [240] lvs. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, with blind-stamped portraits of Luther and Melanchthon on the covers and with one of the two clasps.


Third edition of Mathesius’ sermons on Psalm 130, which also contains some other sermons and writings. Mathesius, a German reformer and powerful preacher, is chiefly known for his sermons. About fifteen hundred of his sermons appeared in print, most of them posthumously, and some of them were translated into other languages as well. His sermons on Luther’s life, preached between 1563 and 1565, are probably the best-known of these. As stated on the title page, Das tröstliche De profundis also contains Vom Artickel der Rechtfertigung und warer Anrüffung; Eine Trostschrifft für eine betrübte MatronEin bericht von der waren Anrüffung, sampt einer kurtzen ausslegung des Vatter unsersEin Predigt von der Wage Gottes; and Des alten Herrn Simeonis Trostpsalm, Luce am andern, vom ewigen und zeitlichen tod und seliger sterbkunst. – Dated owner’s inscription on upper pastedown, some old underlinings, and one clasp missing.

VD 16 M 1566, 1587, 1582, 1453, 1552, 1412; Loesche XXVII/3.




MELANCHTHON, Philipp (1497-1560). In evangelia, quae usitato more diebus dominicis & festis proponuntur, annotationes Philippi Melanthonis, recognitae et auctae, adiectis ad finem aliquot conciunculis. Wittenberg, Hans Lufft, 1549. 8vo. (16) 361 (15) lvs. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin.


Melanchthon’s postils, a collection of sermons following the liturgical calendar, are distinguished for their clarity and simplicity. They were assembled by his students to whom he had explicated them and proved very influential amongst university educated clerics, as well as pastors with rudimentary reading skills in Latin, contributing to sermons that they eventually composed and delivered. For those less educated, the first German translation appeared in 1545. Both the Latin and the German edition went through a considerable number of reprints and like Luther’s postils Melanchthon’s became one of the bestsellers of the sixteenth century. – Owner’s inscription on title page, single wormhole in first hundred leaves, some contemporary underlinings and marginal annotations.

VD 16 E 4540; Hartfelder 433; Keen 2.9.8; Knaake II, 620; Adams M 1091.




MELANCHTHON, Philipp (1497-1560). Brevis et utilis commentarius in priorem epistolam Pauli ad Corinthios, & in aliquot capita secundae, scriptus a Philippo Melanthone, et nunc primum excusus. Wittenberg, [colophon: Johann Krafft], 1561. 8vo. (12) 163 (3) lvs. Bound with: IDEM. Enarratio epistolae prioris ad Timotheum, et duorum capitum secundae, scripta & dictata in praelectione publica anno 1550. Et 1551. A Philip: Melanth. Item propositiones 85. complectentes praecipuorum articulorum doctrinam, scriptae et dictatae ab eodem autore. Omnia nunc primum edita. Wittenberg, [colophon: Johann Krafft], 1561. 8vo. (8) 131 lvs. Bound with: MAJOR, Georg (1502-1574). Enarratio epistolae Pauli ad Ephesios praelecta, anno M.D.LIX. Wittenberg, Hans Lufft, 1561. 8vo. (16) 111 lvs. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with one of the two clasps.


First editions of Melanchthon’s posthumously published commentaries on Corinthians and Timothy, bound together with a commentary on Ephesians by Georg Major, a student and colleague of Melanchthon. Melanchthon’s commentary on Corinthians appeared early in 1561 and was published by the Wittenberg professor Paul Eber (1511-1569). It consists of lectures dealing with all of 1 Corinthians and the opening chapters of 2 Corinthians. Melanchthon’s commentary on Paul’s letters to Timothy appeared in the same year. It was published by Paul Crell (1531-1579), a student of Melanchthon, and contains Melanchthon’s 1550 and 1551 lectures on 1 Timothy and the first two chapters of 2 Timothy. – Both commentaries of Melanchthon partly reversed (from leaf 73 on), contemporary annotations on first endpaper, and one of the clasps missing.

I: VD 16 M 2618; Hartfelder 672; Knaake II, 686. II: VD 16 M 3167; Hartfelder 673, 675; Knaake II, 687. III: VD 16 ZV 1992.




PHRYGIO, Paulus Constantinus (1483-1543). In Leviticum explanatio Pauli Constantini Phrygionis, omnia eius operis mysteria, quae multa pulcherrimaque sunt, ita explicans, ut cuiuis doctori ecclesiastico ad aedificationem maximopere sint usui futura. Basel, Heinrich Petri, [colophon: 1543]. 4to. (16) 126 (2) pp. Modern marbled paper-covered boards.


First and only edition of Phrygio’s explanation of Leviticus. Phrygio, also known as Paul Sidensticker, was born in Sélestat (Schlettstadt) and studied at the universities of Freiburg and Basel. Because of his support of the Reformation he was ousted from his native town in 1525, after which he moved to Strasbourg. He became pastor of the church of St. Peter in Basel in 1529, was appointed professor of theology at the University of Basel a couple of years later, and finally moved to the University of Tübingen, where he held the chair of New Testament studies until his death. Besides his explanation of Leviticus Phrygio also published a commentary on Micah and a chronicle of world history. – Some staining throughout.

VD 16 S 5366.




RHEGIUS, Urbanus (1489-1541). Wider die gottlosen blutdurstigen Sauliten und Doegiten dieser letzten ferlichen zeiten, der .lij. Psalm ausgelegt. Wittenberg, [colophon: Joseph Klug], 1541. 4to. [28] lvs. (last two blank). Modern marbled paper-covered boards.


Rare first and only edition of Rhegius’ exposition of Psalm 52. As a way of training Protestant clergy, Rhegius regularly lectured on the Bible on weekdays, showing how he himself put his theory into practice. He seemed to have had a marked preference for the Old Testament, at least concerning the sermons and lectures that he selected for publication. In his exposition of Psalm 52, Rhegius encouraged and comforted believers and colleagues who are threatened by Satan, particularly in the person of Catholic rulers like Henry II of Wolfenbüttel. They are urged to praise God, just like David did, even though Doeg did slay the priests in Silo (1 Samuel 22). Rhegius’ exposition of Psalm 52 was published within a few months after his death and is preceded by a foreword by Martin Luther. – Lower outer corner of most leaves slightly stained and one leaf with a few pen underlinings.

VD 16 R 2019; Benzing 3377; Kuczynski 2264; Adams R 310.




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.