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.


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.