A revised and updated version of
Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography 1857-2010 by Tjitze Kuipers (2011)

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“Ons program.” (Met bijlagen.)
Amsterdam, J.H. Kruyt 1879 [Arnhem, G.J. Thieme]. XXI, [1], 1307, [3] pp., 25cm.—bd. ƒ15,25.
Run: 300.
Published: March 1879.
Preface dated: March 8, 1879.
Abridged edition, see: 1880.05.
Binding: full cloth in dark reddish brown; black stamping and lettered in gold on front cover and spine; the spine features the title and an image of a sixteenth-century coin in gold pressing, the Maid of Holland in a fenced-off area and pointing at the sun (Sol Iustitiae); the coin bears the circumscription onse hulpe is in den naam des Heeren [our help is in the name of the Lord]; blind tooling on the back cover with the image of the coin in the center; beveled edges; marbled edges; bulky marbled endpapers; binder’s ticket, glued to the paste-down on the extreme lower edge of the inside board of the front cover, A. Beukhof, boekbinder, Amsterdam; however, some copies have cheaper endpapers without binder’s ticket.
The title (a small number of copies) was acquired by J.A. Wormser, Amsterdam, on January 3, 1887.
RKB 60.
ET: “Our program.” (With appendices.)

Ons program” is a large volume of articles reprinted from De Heraut and De Standaard, published by the Central Committee of Anti-Revolutionary Electoral Associations. The heart of this impressive volume of Kuyper’s earlier political writings is the collection of seventy-two of the series of seventy-three articles first printed as “Ons program” in De Standaard from April 19, 1878–February 24, 1879. These articles, which the author divided into 325 paragraphs, provide a running commentary on the program of the Anti-Revolutionary or Christian Historical school of political thought.

Every explanatory chapter on an article of “Ons program” concludes with a cluster of appendices, which contain reprints of articles by Kuyper, including an article series that had already been reprinted elsewhere (see 1875.05 and 1878.08). The twenty-three appendices, which account for almost two-thirds of the book’s size, provide more foundations and further explanations to the forementioned articles that are the core of “Ons program.” The volume also has an extensive index. The six articles from chapter 19 (“Overseas Territories of the State”) were also included in 1890.06.

For the initial impetus for the formulation of the Anti-Revolutionary program, see 1874.07 and 1878.01. In this volume Kuyper added three more articles to the program of 1878 (see 1878.01), which brought the total to twenty-one articles.

In the prospectus, the publisher J.H. Kruyt announced that the print run would not be large and that it was therefore necessary for subscriptions to be received before February 15 in order for deliveries to be guaranteed. In an account book (AHS 10) the publisher records, “for the printing G.J. Thieme 300 ex. f 1,372.51.”

The work appeared on March 31, 1879—precisely five weeks after the appearance of the last of the articles included in it from De Standaard and a few days before the official establishment of the Anti-Revolutionary Party and the institutionalization of the Central Committee of Anti-Revolutionary Electoral Associations on April 3, 1879 in Utrecht.

A list of forty-four of Kuyper’s writings is included on three unnumbered pages at the end of the book.

The final section is numbered §328, however, the section numbers 4, 15 and 16 are skipped. Because of the fact that no actual sections from the original series of articles in De Standaard are missing the number of the published sections is de facto 325.