Bonaventura Vulcanius, Works and Networks

Bruges 1538 - Leiden 1614


Editor: Hélène Cazes
The last of the Renaissance humanists, Bonaventura Vulcanius, is still a mysterious figure, even though he left a correspondence, at least two Alba amicorum, and a collection of books and manuscripts. Born in Bruges in 1538, the son of a disciple of Erasmus, he spent the troubled decades of 1560 and 1570 in wanderings before his appointment in 1581 as a Professor for Greek and Latin Letters at the University of Leiden. He edited and translated many a rare text, composed dictionaries, sent laudatory poems, and compiled the first chapters of a history of Germanic languages. This volume gathers recent research on this versatile philologist, and includes the first edition of many unpublished works and documents.

Contributors are Karel Bostoen, Hélène Cazes, Thomas M. Conley, Harm-Jan van Dam, Hugues Daussy, Kees Dekker, Jeanine de Landtsheer, Alfons Dewitte, Toon van Hal, Chris L. Heesakkers, Wilhelmina G. Heesakkers-Kamerbeek, Jeltine Ledegang-Keegstra, G.A.C. van der Lem, Kees Meerhoff, Dirk van Miert, Kasper van Ommen, Paul J. Smith and Gilbert Tournoy.
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Biographical Note

Hélène Cazes (Doctorate 1998 , Paris X-Nanterre, Renaissance Literature) teaches at the University of Victoria, Canada. She studies the history of texts, books, and scholars. She has published extensively on the Estienne dynasty and on the fortune of classical texts.

Review Quotes

"The present publication offers an important basis for further study into the life and work of Vulcanius [...] this collection of essays has a broad scope and explores contemporary archival and printed material, two reasons for appreciating it as an important stimulus to continued research."Henk Nellen, Renaissance Quarterly Vol. 65, No. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 189-191.

"Une chronologie bio-bibliographique, une bibliographie détaillée, et un index de noms propres font de ce livre une oeuvre de référence incontournable pour tout examen ultérieur du monde et des écrits de Bonaventure Vulcanius." Ingrid A. R. De Smet, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, vol. 73 (2011), no. 3, pp. 733-734.

This volume gathers recent research on this versatile philologist [Vulcanius], and includes the first editions of many unpublished works and documents.

Table of contents


Sketch of an Accepted Chronology for the Life and Works of Bonaventura Vulcanius

Looking for Vulcanius: Plethora and Lacunae, Hélène Cazes
The Many Lives of Bonaventura Vulcanius 1614–2010 (Exploring Biographies and Introducing this Collection of Papers), Hélène Cazes


“The Honour of Letters”: Bonaventura Vulcanius, Scholar and Poet, Harm-Jan van Dam
Petrus Cunaeus, Oratio in obitum B. Vulcanii habita Lugd. Batav. In acad. MDCXIV. Introduction, edition and translation, Chris L. Heesakkers and Wilhelmina G. Heesakkers-Kamerbeek
The Portraits of Bonaventura Vulcanius, Kasper van Ommen
Remarques sur les catalogues de vente aux enchères de la bibliothèque de Vulcanius, Paul J. Smith


Vulcanius et le réformateur Théodore de Bèze, Elly Ledegang-Keegstra
L’insertion de Bonaventure Vulcanius dans le réseau international protestant, Hugues Daussy
Bonaventure Vulcanius et Heidelberg, citadelle fragile du monde réformé, Kees Meerhoff
Bonaventura Vulcanius, forgeron de la Révolte, Anton van der Lem


Two Bruges Humanists: Vulcanius and Castelius. Good Friends or Mere Acquaintances?, Karel Bostoen
Bonaventura Vulcanius, Marnix van St. Aldegonde, and the Spirit of Bruges: Remonstrant Protestantism?, Alfons Dewitte


Bonaventura Vulcanius, Janus Dousa and the ‘ Pleias Dousica’, Chris L. Heesakkers
Between colleagues: Bonaventura Vulcanius and Justus Lipsius, Jeanine De Landtsheer


Vulcanius as Editor: The Greek Texts, Thomas M. Conley
Scholarly Stresses and Strains: The Difficult Dealings of Bonaventura Vulcanius and Henricus Stephanus over their Edition of Arrian’s De Expeditione Alexandri Magni Historiarum Libri VIII, Gilbert Tournoy
Project Procopius: Scaliger, Vulcanius, Hoeschelius and the Pursuit of Early Byzantine History, Dirk van Miert
Vulcanius and his Network of Language Lovers. De literis et lingua Getarum sive Gothorum (1597), Toon van Hal
On the Attribution of the 1595 Leiden Edition of Pauli Warnefridi de gestis Langobardorum to Friedrich Lindenbrog, Thomas M. Conley
The Runes in Bonaventura Vulcanius De literis & lingua Getarum sive Gothorum (1597): Provenance and Origins, Kees Dekker


Index nominum
List of Contributors


All those interested in intellectual history, the history of Holland, the history of Flanders, the humanism, the history of Dutch Revolt, the history of German languages and proto-linguistics as well as classicists, historians of the Renaissance and Specialists of 16th century Dutch literature.


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