BOWLES, Oliver (ca. 1577-1644). De pastore evangelico tractatus: in quo universum munus pastorale, tam quoad pastoris vocationem, & praeparationem, quàm ipsius muneris exercitium, accuratè proponitur. After the copy printed at London, Samuel Gellibrand, 1659. 12mo. (24) 394 pp. Bound with: WAEYEN, Johannes van der (1639-1701).Methodus concionandi. Quam in gratiam studiosae juventutis, typis excudi curavit. Franeker, Adriaan Heins, 1704. 12mo. (16) 201 (1) pp. Contemporary vellum.


Third (or fourth?) edition of Bowles’ treatise on pastoral ministry (possibly printed in the Netherlands), bound together with the first edition of Van der Waeyen’s treatise on homiletics. Oliver Bowles, an English puritan and one of the elder members of the Westminster Assembly, was an excellent scholar and a man of great piety. He taught at Queens College in Cambridge and served many years as a pastor at Sutton in Bedfordshire. His De pastore evangelico tractatus, posthumously published by his son, expands on a wide range of pastoral duties and provides a practical puritan description of the pastoral ministry. Van der Waeyen, a Dutch Reformed theologian, was successively pastor at Spaarndam, Leeuwarden, and Middelburg, and professor of Hebrew and theology at the University of Franeker. He left many writings, among which are several polemical works and his treatise above.

I: Wing B3883.




GATAKER, Thomas (1574-1654). Cinnus, sive Adversaria miscellanea; animadversionum variarum libris sex comprehensa. Quorum primores duo nunc primitùs prodeunt, reliqis deinceps (Deo favente) seorsim insecuturis. London, James Flesher for Laurence Sadler, 1651. 4to. (6) 454 (1) pp. Bound with: IDEM. De novi instrumenti stylo dissertatio. Qua viri doctissimi Sebastiani Pfochenii, de linguae Graecae Novi Testamenti puritate; in qua Hebraismis, quae vulgo finguntur, qam plurimis larva detrahi dicitur; diatribe ad examen revocatur: scriptorumqe qâ sacrorum, qâ profanorum, loca aliqam-multa, obiter explicantur atqe illustrantur. Cum indicibus necessariis. London, Thomas Harper for Laurence Sadler, 1648. 4to. (4) 346 (2) pp. Contemporary calf with gilt spine.


First editions of two of Gataker’s principal philological works. Gataker, a puritan divine educated at St. John’s College in Cambridge, was known as a godly preacher and an excellent humanist scholar. One of his most famous works is his De novi instrumenti stylo dissertatio, a major linguistic study of the Greek of the New Testament in relation to the Hebrew language. It was published in 1648 as a response to Sebastian Pfochen, a German philologist who argued that the Greek of the New Testament was a pure classical Greek. Gataker’s Adversaria miscellanea appeared a couple of years later, containing only the first two books of the six announced on the title page. The remaining four books were posthumously published in 1659 under the title Adversaria miscellanea posthuma. – Joints and spine expertly restored, wormhole in inner margin (not affecting the text), and lower margin of one leaf partly torn off (slightly affecting the quire signature).

I: Wing G313. II: Wing G318.




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.