This book gives a detailed description of all books, published in the Dutch Republic and its Generality Lands between 1567 and 1773 – the year in which the Society of Jesus was suppressed by Pope Clement XIV for political reasons –, written by Jesuits from the Low Countries and elsewhere. Locations of the books are given, as far as possible, as well as bibliographical sources. Many of these publications are pirate editions, mainly from France and Germany. Technical and historical introductions precede this bibliography, and several indexes and registers conclude this work. The titles show the areas in which Jesuits have been active, and indicate their influence in many fields. A similar work has never been attempted before.
Paul Begheyn, S.J. (1944) is founder and director of the Netherlands Institute of Jesuit Studies, archivist of the Dutch Jesuits and bibliographer of the Society of Jesus worldwide. Recent publications: A Guide to the History of the Jesuits in the Netherlands (2002-2006), Jesuit Books in the Low Countries 1540-1773 (2009).
“No mere short-title catalog, this bibliography comprises entries that are models of thoroughness. They include complete titles, full imprint information, locations of copies, and bibliographical sources. Such comprehensive data will prove invaluable to researchers. … This bibliography will surely be an indispensable reference for scholars of Catholicism, book history, and intellectual history in the early modern era. … Begheyn is a superlative bibliographer. This compendium represents a truly prodigious effort by an intrepid scholar.
Jesuit Books will remain the definitive catalogue of early modern Dutch Jesuit bibliography for generations to come.”
Christine Kooi, Louisiana State University. In:
Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2015), pp. 124-126.
“Begheyn’s loss rate of 35.62 for
jesuitica in the Dutch Republic published between 1567 and 1773 is proof of his undaunted perseverance. Respect!”
Goran Proot. In:
Quaerendo, Vol. 47, No. 1 (2017), pp. 63-73.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1. Bibliographical Introduction
Bibliographical work in the Jesuit order Finding copies of the books Printed inventories Digital inventories Fake imprints Missing or problematic dates Publications by ex-Jesuits Structure of the description of a publication
Chapter 2. The Jesuits in the Low Countries 1540-1773. Apostles of the Printing Press
Books and libraries in documents of the early Society of Jesus Jesuit bibliographies Books and writers in the Low Countries The liquidation of the Jesuit libraries in the Low Countries
Chapter 3. Jesuit Books in the Dutch Republic and Its Generality Lands, 1567-1773
The publication of books by the Jesuits themselves Four colleges and their publications The college of Maastricht (1575-1773) The college of ’s-Hertogenbosch (1609-1629) The college of Roermond (1611-1773) The college of Breda (1625-1637) The stations and their publications Popular Jesuit spiritual books distributed mainly by Catholic booksellers Jesuit writings translated and published by others Books on foreign countries and cultures Publications by Willem and Joan Blaeu Schoolbooks, editions of classical authors, and historical works The popularity of Baltasar Gracián in the Dutch Republic The counterfeit edition of the primary documents of the Jesuit order in Amsterdam c.1665 45 Publication of books by Athanasius Kircher in Amsterdam Some remarkable other publications
Bibliography of Jesuit Books in the Dutch Republic and Its Generality Lands, 1567-1773
Jesuit authors, editors and translators Jesuit authors, editors and translators according to country of birth Non-Jesuit authors, editors and translators Languages used in Dutch Jesuit books Dutch printers in alphabetical order Dutch printers according to places of activity Non-Dutch and fictitious printers Editions of Dutch Jesuit books per decade Libraries with Dutch Jesuit books
Appendix. Correspondence on the Publication of Jesuit Books in the Netherlands, 1650-1673
Letter of Louis Elzevier to Athanasius Kircher, Amsterdam, 4 November 1650 Letters of Heinrich Oldenburg to Baruch de Spinoza, London, September-October 1655 Letter of Pierre Le Moyne to Johannes Elzevier, Paris, 1661 Letters of Athanasius Kircher to August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Rome, 1664-1666 Letter of Johannes Jansson van Waesberge to Athanasius Kircher, Amsterdam, 29 December 1666 Letter of Athanasius Kircher to an unknown Jesuit in the Low Countries, Rome, 10 June 1673
LIST OF TABLES
1. Editions not in Sommervogel
2. Editions for which no copy has been found
3. Jesuit publications by Blaeu with foreign imprints
4. Jesuit publications by Catholic printers with foreign imprints, in chronological order according to foreign printing towns
5. Jesuit publications by Catholic printers with foreign imprints, in chronological order according to Dutch printing towns
6. Fake printing towns and publishers in chronological order
7. Number of Jesuits in the Dutch Mission
All those interested in bibliography and book history; the history of the Jesuit order; the history of the Netherlands; and the history of the Church.