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

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Locus de creatione. College-dictaat van onderscheidene studenten.
[Amsterdam, J.A. Wormser 1891 (Roeloffzen & Hubner)]. 62, [1] pp., 22cm.
Run: 300.
On title page and cover: Niet in den handel. Exemplaar no. … afgegeven aan den Heer ….
Printed but not published.
2nd edition, see: 1911.20.
Complete series, see: 1891.191891.29; 1892.271892.28; 1893.10; 1896.24; 1898.26; 1900.291900.32.
2nd edition of the series, see: 1910.22; 1911.20; 1911.22; 1912.22; 1913.03.
Binding: unbd. (21 vols.); (later) full cloth; red; blind tooled boards; lettered and decorated in gold on the spine; decorated endpapers (10 vols.).
RKB 163.
ET: Locus about creation. Lecture notes by several students.

Student notes from the dogmatic lectures that Kuyper gave at the Vrije Universiteit in 1883/1884 on the doctrine of creation. The lectures are printed in italics. The phrase college-dictaat van onderscheidene studenten (dogmatiek) [lecture notes from several students (dogmatics)] is printed at the top of every numbered page. The edition likely became available to students in February or March 1891. In 1899/1900, Kuyper gave an entirely new treatment of this locus (see 1900.32).

When taking their examinations students were expected to have studied all the lectures delivered up to that moment. New students therefore found it necessary to borrow or copy the lecture notes of students from previous years. The quality of these notes, however, was not always high. In order to solve this problem Kuyper asked the directors of the Association for Higher Education on Reformed Principles to have his lectures on dogmatics printed at their expense. The lectures would then be made available (at close to cost) exclusively to theology students at the Vrije Universiteit.

Among other things, Kuyper also stipulated (KA 286, 1) the following:

  • – Six lectures on dogmatics from the period 1880–1883 would not be printed.
  • – The first set of lectures printed would be the Locus de creatione.
  • – The lectures would be printed in italics.
  • – It would be indicated above every page whether the notes were from one or several students.
  • – The format would be equivalent to the editions of the Bibliotheca Reformata (see 1882.07).
  • – The print run would be 300 copies.
  • – The cost of this edition would amount to approximately ƒ25.- per 16 printed pages.
  • – The purchaser would not be permitted to sell his copies.

After reaching this agreement with the publisher, Kuyper always appointed a note-taker for every lecture series. The notes would be published as soon as possible after the conclusion of his lectures on each locus. Students were given stipends for inspecting the galley proofs.

A disclaimer on the front cover as well as above every page of the printed lecture notes indicated that this was a publication of student notes. Kuyper did not authorize these printed notes of his lectures. All printed sets of lecture notes were numbered and delivered with the name of the owner filled in. Among those who took the lecture notes that became the basis of the printed loci were H.H. Kuyper (KA 286.45), who had enrolled as a theology student in 1883 and who defended his doctorate in theology in 1891, and J. de Jong (see 1893.10), who defended his doctorate in theology in 1911. The galley proofs for 1891.181891.23 were corrected (KA 286.3) by the students A.G. Honig (1864–1940; enrolled, 1884), who defended his doctorate in theology in 1892, J.J. Miedema (1869–1936; enrolled, 1887), and J. Koning (1866–1906; enrolled, 1887).

Information about the publishers, printers, proofreaders, and date of publication has been reconstructed with the use of the account book for 1890–1902 of the Association for Higher Education on Reformed Principles (AVU).

By January 1891, six lecture series had been printed (1891.181891.23). The price of the printed lectures nearly doubled due to Kuyper’s overzealousness and his underestimating of the printing costs. The printing schedule was also slowed until a less expensive printer could be found (see 1891.24). The first six publications of the loci were likely made available to students in February or March 1891.

In 1907 a summary was published of the contents of the twenty-one parts in which the loci had been printed (Inhoudsopgaven der Loci [Amsterdam: H.A. van Bottenburg 1907, 89, [2] pp.]; see app. 1.05). This table of contents was not put on the market, but it was available (for ƒ3.-) from the student H. Hasper Jr. (1886–1974). Cf. De Heraut, no. 1554, October 13, 1907.