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Annotated copy of Spinozistic catechism banned in 1708

Berend Hakvoord. De schole van Christus, behelzende zeven en zestig lessen. Waar in de gansche belydenis der gereformeerde godsdienst, beknoptelyk voorgestelt; en volgens den draad van de Heidelbergse katechismus, duidelyk verklaart, en uit de H. Schrift bevestigt word. [...] Dezen vyfden druk, van den auteur zelfs overzien, vermeerdert en verbetert. [...]. Zwolle, B. Hakvoord; Amsterdam, wed. van Gysbert de Groot, 1699. 8vo. [16], 448, [16] pp.

 

Contemporary vellum. New (acid free) endpapers. Binding stained, marginal stains troughout, back of title-page with exlibris stamp of "G. Wind". Overall in good condition. With several underlingings, curly brackets, and two annotations, apparently by a contemporary reader. With the author's signature.

 

Annotated copy of a rare Spinozistic work with the outward shape of a reformed catechism, officially banned by the States of Overijssel in 1708.

 

Hakvoord was a Zwolle cantor, cathechist, publisher and author, who, in 1703, published Van Leenhof's scandalous Den hemel op aarden, a treatise on earthly happiness strongly influenced by Spinoza that was banned by the States of Friesland and Overijssel in 1706. The first edition of De schole van Christus was probably published between 1685 and 1689. In the third edition, published by the notorious Aart Wolsgrein, Hakvoord added several passages taken from Spinoza's works, often literally quoting him. Several other editions would appear before the authorities noticed this and took action against Hakvoord: it was only in 1708 that his catechism was officially banned. In this copy of the fifth edition a reader has marked several of the references to Spinoza with curly brackets or underlinings, including a translation on page 78 of definition 7 of part one of Spinoza's Ethics. This is the only copy I've found so far that has traces of a previous reader.

 

De Joode, 'Duister en met rede verdacht', no. 5 (4 copies, including this copy); Knuttel, Verboden boeken, 164; STCN (2 copies, also listed by De Joode); cf. Israel, Radical Enlightenment, pp. 424-427; Wielema, The March of the Libertines, pp. 92-94; no auction records.

    € 750,00Price