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

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Welke zijn de vooruitzichten voor de studenten der Vrije Universiteit?
Amsterdam, J.H. Kruyt 1882 (Amsterdam, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomdrukkerij). 40 pp., 24cm.—ƒ0.40.
Run: 900.
Published: July 1882.
On the cover: Rede ter inleiding van de Leeuwarder meeting, op 5 juli 1882.
The title (number of copies unknown) was acquired by J.A. Wormser, Amsterdam, on January 3, 1887; the remaining copies (15) were put up for auction and acquired by J.H. Kok, Kampen, on December 12, 1907.
RKB 77.
ET: What are the prospects for the students of the Vrije Universiteit?

As is stated on the cover, this is Kuyper’s opening address to a meeting of supporters of the Vrije Universiteit, which took place in Leeuwarden on July 5, 1882. A similar meeting, held annually in different significant cities to garner national support for the Vrije Universiteit, was convened by the Association for Higher Education on Reformed Principles. The addresses that Kuyper delivered at such meetings were typically intended both to keep the audience up to date about the university and to recruit new students.

In the Leeuwarden address Kuyper discusses the job prospects of students. The university initially had no effectus civilis. Thus, diplomas conveyed by the Vrije Universiteit lacked legal standing and could not be used for professional licensing. Moreover, the Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church would not admit graduates of the Vrije Universiteit to its pulpits. Kuyper discusses these and attendant problems carefully by putting them into broader perspective. His address deals above all with the prospects of theological students because twelve of the fourteen students at the Vrije Universiteit in the academic year 1881/1882 were students of theology.

Nine notes were added to the address (pp. 37–40).