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Antiquariaat Forum
Westrenen, Tuurdijk 16
3997 MS 't Goy-houten
The Netherlands


Laurens R. Hesselink


+31 (0)30 601 1955 +31 (0)30 601 1955



[JORIS, David]. Die eerste sullen die laetste, die laetste die eerste sijn. With: (2) Een twesprake tusschen man unde wijff, namelick Christus un[de] de gemeente oder verlorene mensch. Including (with a drop-title): Een klachreden. [Rostock, Ludwig Dietz, ca. 1550/52]. Small 8vo. With gothic initials and a vine-leaf ornament. Set in schwabacher types with incidental textura (with gothic initials as capitals) and fraktur. Vellum (ca. 1680?), blue sprinkled edges, headbands in blue and white.

Rare first editions of two important works by David Joris, in the original Dutch, his "Die eerste sullen die laetste ... sijn" being his most extensive work except for his famous "tWonder boeck". Only about 7 or 8 other copies are known. David Joris (ca. 1501/02-1556), one of the most important leaders of the Anabaptists and one of the most influential writers, published both works with no author's or publisher's name and no date or place of publication, but they were printed by Ludwig Dietz at Rostosk in Mecklenburg. The title alludes to Matthew 19:30: "many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first", a message that no doubt appealed to the poor and oppressed.

Probably born in or near Bruges, Joris moved in 1524 to Delft, where he quickly gained notoriety as a dangerous religious radical and joined the Anabaptists in 1533, but in the wake of the disastrous Anabaptist rebellion at Münster in 1534/35 he spoke out against radicals in the movement and urged non-violence. In the 1540s and 50s he wrote and published extensively, mostly short spiritual and mystical works, but continued to arouse controversy and had to flee in 1543/44 to Basel where he lived the rest of his life. He devoted himself to writing, emphasizing personal, internal faith above dogma and ceremony, inspiring a broad public as well as leading figures such as Michael Servetus. The dates of Joris's Rostock publications have long been debated, but Valkema Blouw gives evidence to suggest they were printed between 1550 and 1552.

With an owner's name on the title-page, with a further note in a different hand. With some water stains in the first 32 leaves and some small worm holes in the upper inside corner of the last 9 leaves, slightly affecting the text, but otherwise in very good condition. The spine is dirty but the binding is still good and the paste-downs have not been pasted down.

[211], [1 blank]; [71], [1 blank] pp. Van Doorninck 1169 & 3593; Hillerbrand 3137 & 3149 (cf. 3141a) (2039 & 2053 in the 1991 ed.); KVK & WorldCat (2 & 5 copies); Van der Linde 191 (also 174) & 193; STCN (3 copies of each); TB 1715 & 4996 (6 copies of each, incl. the 3 in STCN); USTC 412538 & 412553 (5 & 4 of the same 6 copies); Valkema Blouw, Dutch typography, pp. 532 & 517-520; Valkema Blouw, "Printers to the "arch-heretic" David Joris", in: Quaerendo, 21 (1991), pp. 163-209, items 191 & 193 at p. 207; VD16 ZV31372 & ZV31373 (1 copy of each).
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