Herbornae Nassaviorum (Herborn): Ioannis Nicolai Andreae, 1733 (Vol. 1); 1712 (Vols. 2 & 3). Later edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 3/4 x 7"). , 26, 54pp (Oratio funebris), , 859, pp (Index) (Vol. 1); , 951, pp (Index) (Vol. 2); , 919, pp (Index) (Vol. 3). Contemporary blind-stamped parchment, with handwritten title to spines. Raised bands. First volume with an engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by W. P. Kilian, and with an additional engraved title.
Series comprising the complete set of Hermann Witsius' compendium of religious works in two volumes ("Miscellaneorum sacrorum"), and his magnum opus "De Oeconomia Foederum Dei Cum Hominibus, Libri Quatuor" (The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man).
- The first volume of "Miscellaneorum sacrorum," published in 1733, is the third edition, but contains the first edition (with separate title page dated 1712) of Johannes Marckius' "Oratio funebris, in obitum plurimum reverendi, doctissimi, et celeberrimi viri, Hermannii Witsii," a funeral eulogy delivered on October 29, 1708, just a week after Hermann Witsius' passing.
It includes eight full-page engravings (unsigned), including four double-page. Six of these appear in the text on Jewish law and ritual ("de Tabernaculi Levitici mysteriis"), and one includes an overflap showing the Ark of the Covenant.
Also includes an extensive Index at rear.
- The second volume of "Miscellaneorum sacrorum," published in 1712, is the second edition. It contains 23 academic exercises in public disputation, preaching, and lecturing intended to solidify learning and churchly skills.
Also includes the essay: "Conciliatory Animadversions on the Controversies agitated in Britain under the Names of Antinomians and Neonomians," as well as five orations, including the following:
- "De vero Theologo," delivered on May 16th, 1675, in Franeker, on the occasion of his investiture as professor of Theology.
- "De praestantia veritatis Evangelicae," delivered on May 2nd, 1680, in Utrecht, upon his appointment as professor in Divinity.
- "De Theologo modesto," delivered on the 16th of October 1698, on his entrance upon the professorship of Divinity at Leiden.
This second volume also includes an extensive Index at rear.
"De Oeconomia Foederum Dei Cum Hominibus, Libri Quatuor" (The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man) is Hermann Witsius' magnum opus.
Divided into four books, "this work presents the reader with a fully biblical and experiential doctrine of the divine covenants; opening up their nature, stipulations, curses, and blessings" (Ligonier).
Witsius was motivated to publish this work by his sorrow at the controversies between Voetians (adepts of Dutch Calvinist theologian Gisbertus Voetius) and Cocceians (adepts of Dutch theologian Johannes Cocceius).
Originally published in 1677, this 1712 copy is the fourth edition of Witsius' important work.
Includes an extensive Index at rear.
Bindings partly age-toned and water-stained. Closed tear along front joint of second volume. Ex-library stamp and reference number on additional engraved title in first volume. Previous owner's name (Henry Allan) dated 1847 at upper margin of front free endpaper (Vol. 3), and at upper margin of fly leaf (Vols. 1 and 2). Volume 1 has minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Pages of second volume are water-stained along edges, with minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout volume 3. Text in Latin. Bindings in overall fair to good, interior in fair to good (Vol. 2) to good+ and very good (Vols. 1 and 3). g to vg. Item #43190
About the author: Hermann Witsius (1636-1708) was "Professor of Divinity in the Universities of Franeker, Utrecht, and Leyden. A brilliant and devout student, he was fluent in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew by the age of 15, when he entered the University of Utrecht. He was ordained at 21 and served in several pastorates, filling both the pulpit and the academic chair over the course of his life" (Encyclopedia Britannica).