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

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Scolastica, of ’t geheim van echte studie.
Amsterdam, J.A. Wormser [1889] (Amsterdam, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomdrukkerij). 32 pp., 20cm.—ƒ0.40.
Run: 600.
Published: October 1889.
Preface dated: Amsterdam, October 1, 1889.
All pages of type enclosed in a border.
2nd printing, see: 1890.01.
Translation (English), see: 2014.03.
Scolastica II, see: 1900.23.
RKB 113.
ET: Scolastica, or the secret of true study.

Kuyper opened the 1889–1890 academic year at the Vrije Universiteit with this lecture on September 18. Since 1880 124 students had been registered in the album discipulorum. Among the three faculties the theological faculty was by far the largest.

This lecture deals with the essence and the art of true study, looking at the students’ university years from the perspective of their future occupations and positions. The decisive point of the lecture is that study, as much as any activity after graduation, takes place to honor God. Kuyper explains that he has chosen “Scolastica” as his title because it stands for the res publica litterarum, that is, for the sovereign sphere of scholarship in society that exists both within and without the university. Those whom God has by his grace formed into scholars have an inviolable position within society arising from the divine call to scholarship.

The edition has a classical aura because of the bordered pages and because the title was printed in red gothic lettering on a heavy-stock gray paper cover.