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Acknowledgements

This book is the result of a close collaboration. As co-authors we are both interested in the world in which Hoornbeeck wrote his De conversione, and in his approach to his subject, but we come from very different backgrounds. Ineke Loots specialises in early modern Neo-Latin scholarly publications. She took the initiative for the book, made the translation and provided the bulk of the notes. Joke Spaans works on early modern Dutch religious cultures. She wrote the introduction and added annotation on the more theological aspects of the book. We have commented so extensively on each other’s work, that the result feels like a joint effort.

As is usual in a project of this kind we have many people to thank for the completion of the work. Various people have contributed their specific knowledge to parts of the book: Hans van de Ven (Cambridge University) about the history of China, Willem J. Boot (Leiden University) about the history of Japan and Henri Krop (Erasmus University) on Cartesian views about the soul. For help with the Hebrew words we thank Kineret Sittig. Eric Ottenheijm (Utrecht University) helped out with references to Jewish literature. Joost van Gemert of Utrecht University Library kindly helped getting access to the original disputations, James Fishwick of Magdalen College Oxford sent much appreciated photos.

Special thanks are due to Jos Gommans for recognizing the importance of the book, for early modern views on the world and encouraging and supporting its publication. Finally, Ineke Loots acknowledges the steady support and encouragement of Jan Bergstra who also helped the completion of the project along by numerous eminently practical suggestions. Any remaining flaws are entirely our own.

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