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Institutie ofte onderwijsinghe in de Christelicke religie.
Doesburg, J.C. van Schenk Brill 1889 (Arnhem, G.J. Thieme), [4], 14, [4], XVII–LXIII, [5], 883, [30] pp., portr., 32cm.—unbd. (in installments) ƒ8.50, bd. ƒ10.50.
Published: July 1889.
Half title.
Title: Institutie ofte onderwijsinghe in de Christelicke religie. In vier boeken beschreven door Johannes Calvinus, In sijn leven herder ende professor der Kercke Christi tot Geneven. Nu van nieuws uyt het Latijn en François getrouwelick over-geset door Wilhelmus Corsmannus, wijlen dienaer des Heyligen Euangelii tot Baerdvviick, onder het Classis van Gorinchem. Daer benevens voorsien met de citatien der Schriftuer-plaetsen nae de Nieuwe Oversettinge, ende verrijckt met het leven en sterven van Johannes Calvinus door Theodorus Beza. Met Calvini eigen verhael van syne beroepinge tot den Heyligen Kerckendienst, ende syn wedervaren daerin; item met getuygenissen eeniger pausselyke schryvers belangende Johannes Calvinus. Ende oock na een nieuw register van de saken ende namen in dese Institutie begrepen. Herdruk van de uitgave van Paulus Aertz van Ravesteyn 1650 te Amsterdam. Naar den oorspronkelijken tekst verbeterd, in de taal verduidelijkt, en met een inleiding voorzien, door Dr. A. Kuyper.
Preface dated: Amsterdam, August 1887.
1st installment, see: 1887.29.
Postscript dated: Amsterdam, June 1, 1889.
Binding: quarter calf; black; blind tooling; lettered in gold on front cover and spine.
RKB 106.
ET (full title): Institution or instruction in the Christian religion. Described in four books by John Calvin, in his life pastor and teacher of the Church of Christ at Geneva. Now faithfully newly retranslated from the Latin and the French by Willem Corsman, the late servant of the holy gospel at Baerdvviick under the classis of Gorinchem. Additionally furnished with the citations of the scriptural passages according to the new translation and enriched with the life and death of John Calvin by Theodore Beza. With Calvin’s own account of his call to the service of the holy church and his experiences therein; also with witnesses to a papal writer interested in John Calvin. And also included at the end of this Institution a new index of subjects and names. Reprinted from the edition of Paulus Aertz van Ravesteyn 1650 of Amsterdam. Improved according to the original text, with the language clarified, and provided with an introduction by Dr. A. Kuyper.

Dutch edition of Calvin’s Institutes based on the seventeenth-century translation by Willem Corsman (1590–1644). For information on the preface and postscript, see 1887.29. The changes and corrections that Kuyper made to Corsman’s translation were intended to provide contemporary Dutch readers with a reliable and readable edition of Calvin’s masterwork. Kuyper did not try to modernize the language, however. He wanted as much as possible to preserve the powerful rhetoric of the seventeenth-century Dutch.

This edition features a portrait of Calvin facing the title page. The portrait is an engraving by F. Knolle (1807–1877), which was modeled after the painting Ad Archetypum Genevense by Theophil Schuler (1821–1878). Curiously, Kuyper did not choose the portrait in the Corsman edition of 1650—a copperplate engraving by Claes Jansz. Visscher (1586–1652) that depicted Calvin standing in his study, leafing through a copy of his Institutio. Instead, he opted for the stern depiction of Calvin’s upper-body profile by Schuller/Knolle, which was probably taken from Corpus Reformatorum. Volumen XXIX, Ioannis Calvini Opera quae supersunt omni. Ediderunt Guilielmus Baum, Eduardus Cunitz, Eduardus Reuss, Volumen I (Brunsvigae, 1863).

In an unusual move and with Kuyper’s agreement, the publisher reduced the sale price of this edition three months after the final (twentieth) installment was published. To compete with an announced smaller and far less expensive edition, the price dropped by almost half to ƒ4.50 for an unbound copy and ƒ6.50 for a bound copy. An advertisement that announced this sudden and drastic drop in price directed those who had purchased the edition at the original price to Matthew 20:1–16.