Cantabrigiae (Cambridge): 1887 (Vol. 1); 1889 (Vol. 2); 1897 (Vol. 3, part 1, and Vol. 3, part 2). First edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 1/2 x 10"). lxxv, , 966pp (Text),  leaves, including one double (Plates), pp (Vol. 1); xxviii, 1041, pp (Text),  leaf (Plate), pp (Vol. 2); cxxxix, , 1504pp (Vol. 3, part 1); , 1505-3149, pp (Vol. 3, part 2). Original full cloth, with gold lettering to spines, and publisher's device in gilt to each front cover. First volume with tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Abraham Ortelius.
The publication between 1887 and 1897 of these letters, "which form part of the archive of the Dutch Church at Austin Friars in London, was a remarkable feat of bibliography. The archive had been deposited in 1866 with the Library Committee of the Corporation of the City of London, and in 1884 Jan Hendrick Hessels began to prepare them for the press. The letters, written in Dutch, French, English, Italian and Latin between 1524 and 1724, throw light on the religious, intellectual and political ferment of the period." (From Cambridge University Press)
- Vol. 1: The 376 letters contained in this first volume range in date from 1528 to 1598. The letters are written both to and from Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), a Brabantian cartographer and geographer, recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (Theatre of the World). They are predominantly in Latin, with a handful in Dutch, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Conversant in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, Ortelius became one of the leading humanists of the Low Countries and was in communication with a large number of European intellectuals of his time. The majority (266 letters) are letters to Ortelius from friends and patrons. Thirty-two letters were written by Ortelius, of which one is addressed to Dominicus Lampsonius and the others to members of his family in London: three to his brother-in-law Jacobus Colius senior (who was married to his sister Elizabeth), eighteen to his nephew Jacobus Colius junior, and ten to his cousin Emanuel van Meteren. The remainder consists of fifty-three letters addressed by others to Jacobus Colius junior and an additional twenty-five letters and documents which seem to have come into the hands of Ortelius or his nephew as collectors of autographs.
Includes an extensive Notes section (pp.887-915), Index (pp. 919-966), as well as 9 leaves of plates being facsimiles of letters written by Abraham Ortelius, including a double-leaf being a facsimile of a map of the Latium Antiquarium, the ancient Italian region which included Rome. The map was drawn by Philip Wingius (Ortelius' correspondent in Rome), and addressed to the eminent cartographer and geographer, in a letter (#217) dated July 13, 1592.
- Volume 2: The second volume consists of letters to and from the members of the Dutch Church in the period 1544-1622. The writers of letters in this volume include leading figures of the Protestant reformation such as Martin Bucer, Peter Martyr, Heinrich Bullinger and John Foxe.
Includes an extensive Notes section (pp. 981-998), Index (pp. 1001-1041), as well as a leaf of plate being a facsimile of a letter written by Jean Cousin to Theodore Besze, and dated London, Friday, 6 April 1571.
- Volume 3 (in 2 parts): The third volume consists of documents from a further cache discovered in the church while the second volume was being prepared for press. These include documents relevant to the beginning of the Thirty Years' War, the dealings of Archbishop Laud with foreign churches in England, and the status of foreigners in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Vol. 3 (part 1) includes a Preface by Hessels (pp. ix-xviii), a Corrigenda and Annotanda (pp. xix-xx), and a Table of Contents (pp. xxi-cxxxix).
Vol. 3 (part 2) includes an extensive Notes section (pp. 2939-2966), and an Index (pp. 2969-3149).
Bindings partly rubbed, frayed, bumped along edges (not affecting lettering). Ex-library bookplate on inside of front covers, and printed informative notice on inside of each back cover. Stamps at top edges, and at verso of each fly leaf and title page. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Volume 2 with book block starting between pages 376 and 377. Pages 377 to 384 disbound but present. Preliminary texts in English. Bindings in overall fair to good-, interior in good to very good condition. f to vg. Item #45323