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Praestantium aliquot Theologorum, qui Rom. Antichristum praecipue oppugnarunt, Effigies: quibus addita Elogia Librorumq[ue] Catalogi; opera Iac. Verheiden.

Verheiden, Jacob (fl. 1590); Hondius, Jodocus, the elder (1563-1611)

Published by [Ex officina Bucoldi Cornelii Mieulandii],, The Hague:, 1602
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Folio: Signatures: *8, A-Z4, Aa-Cc4, Dd6, Ee4 (lacking blank leaf E4) With Fifty Engraved Portraits of the Protestant ReformersAnd Bibliographies of their Works A wonderful series of biographies of the major figures of the Protestant Reformation in both England and Europe, accompanied by full-page engraved portraits of each reformer. The engravings are the work of Heinrich Hondius the elder (1573-1649) and are signed variously ?H?, ?Hh?, ?Hhon?, or ?HAB? The portrait of Melanchthon at age thirty-one is copied from Dürer?s portrait and retains Dürer?s monogram ?AD?.In addition to the fine images, Verheiden?s work is valuable for the inclusion of bibliographies of the writings of each reformer, which no doubt provided a crucial tool for readers who wished to pursue the words of the Protestant writers. The bibliographies are particularly fascinating in instances in which the works of a given writer, e.g. Wycliffe, remained largely unpublished at the time this book was printed.The book opens with biographies (and bibliographies) of some notable proto-reformers: John Wyclif (d. 1384), Jan Hus (c. 1369 ? 1415), Savonarola (1452-1498), and Erasmus (c.1466-1536). These are followed by entries for the major figures in the Continental Reformation, most notably: Martin Luther (1483-1546), Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560), the Swiss reformer Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531), John Calvin (1509-1564) and Martin Bucer (1491-1551). In addition to Wyclif, England and Scotland are represented by Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), John Knox (c. 1510-1572), and John Bale (1495-1563). There is also a biography of the scholar-printer Robert Estienne, who was forced to flee Paris for Geneva shortly after the publication of his Greek New Testament in 1550. The short bibliography that accompanies his biography sketches the history of the Estienne printing firm. Simoni, A.E.C. Catalogue of Books from the Low Countries, 1601-1621, V156; Brunet, V, p. 1138; Brunet (and supplement II, p. 867.) Illustrated with an engraved title page, one allegorical plate, and 50 engraved portraits of the Reformers. This copy is bound in 19th c. boards, bumped and a bit worn. The contents are in very nice condition with light soiling to the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 2673D

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Title: Praestantium aliquot Theologorum, qui Rom. ...

Publisher: [Ex officina Bucoldi Cornelii Mieulandii],, The Hague:

Publication Date: 1602

Binding: Hardcover


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