ALTHAMER, Andreas (ca. 1500-ca. 1539). Conciliationes locorum scripturae, qui specie tenus inter se pugnare videntur, centuriae duae. Andrea Althamero authore. Praeter inspersas hincinde additiones, accesserunt huic aeditioni triginta locorum bini seu paria: et negotium sacramentorum sub finem pie ac diligenter tractatum. Additus est insuper index sanè quàm copiosus eorum quae hic tractantur. Bautzen, Johann Wolrab, 1560. 8vo. (8) 236 (43) lvs. Contemporary brown painted limp vellum.


Rare Latin edition of one of Althamer’s most widely read writings. In 1527 Althamer published a refutation of a treatise by the Anabaptist leader Hans Denck (ca. 1495-1527), in which Denck had collected 40 apparently contradictory Scriptural passages. Althamer however, who added 60 further paradoxes of his own choice, showed the contradictions to be mere appearance which could be solved in a number of ways. In the years following the list of alleged discrepancies was greatly enlarged and finally the edition published in 1534 –as well as all later editions– discussed no less than 200 seemingly contradictory passages in the Bible. It went at least through 12 more editions in the sixteenth century and has also been translated in German. – Dated owner’s inscription on first endpaper, library stamp and some library shelfmarks on title page, a single annotation on last endpaper, and a few old marginal annotations.

VD 16 A 2020; Kolde 7/m.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.