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

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Souvereiniteit in eigen kring. Rede ter inwijding van de Vrije Universiteit, den 20sten October 1880 gehouden, in het koor der Nieuwe Kerk te Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, J.H. Kruyt 1880 (Amsterdam, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomdrukkerij). 44 pp., 30cm.—ƒ0.90.
Run: 650.
Published: October, 1880.
Laid paper; deckle edge.
All pages of type enclosed in a border.
2nd printing (print run: 400) published: October 1880.
2nd edition, see: 1930.02.
See also: 1956.01.
Photomechanical reprint, see: 1976.02.
Translation, see: 1993.02 (English); 1998.03 (partial; English).
The title (229 copies[?], see AHS 10) was acquired by J.A. Wormser, Amsterdam on January 3, 1887.
RKB 68.
ET: Sphere sovereignty. Speech at the dedication of the Vrije Universiteit, held on October 20, 1880 in the chancel of the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.

A speech delivered at the opening ceremony for the Vrije Universiteit in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, delivered by Kuyper in his capacity as rector magnificus.

The concepts of sphere sovereignty and freedom for every sphere of life in society are used to analyze the national significance, scholarly prospects, and Reformed character of the Vrije Universiteit. Kuyper’s famous exclamation, which encapsulates the spirit of both this speech and his general theological perspective, appears on page 32: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” Groen van Prinsterer had already used the concept of “sovereignty in one’s own sphere” in the struggle for Christian schooling and the idea, though not yet explicitly formulated as a slogan, was already a major motif in 1869.15.

The type face and the printing resemble the complimentary copies of 1873.08. However, the cover of this edition features red and black printing on heavy, uncut blue/gray laid paper; the text is also presented on lovely, uncut laid paper with a watermark and countermark (“U d B”).

The work appeared in print on the same day the speech was delivered and was sold out within a week. The second printing was published precisely a week after the first (October 27, 1880).