By Helene Cazes
The final of the Renaissance humanists, Bonaventura Vulcanius, remains to be a mysterious determine, even if he left a correspondence, a minimum of Alba amicorum, and a set of books and manuscripts. Born in Bruges in 1538, the son of a disciple of Erasmus, he spent the a long time of 1560 and 1570 in wanderings ahead of his appointment in 1581 as a Professor for Greek and Latin Letters on the college of Leiden. He edited and translated many an extraordinary textual content, composed dictionaries, despatched laudatory poems, and compiled the 1st chapters of a background of Germanic languages. This quantity gathers fresh examine in this flexible philologist, and contains the 1st variation of many unpublished works and records. individuals are Karel Bostoen, Helene Cazes, Thomas M. Conley, Harm-Jan van Dam, Hugues Daussy, Kees Dekker, Jeanine de Landtsheer, Alfons Dewitte, Toon van Hal, Chris L. Heesakkers, Wilhelmina G. Heesakkers-Kamerbeek, Jeltine Ledegang-Keegstra, G.A.C. van der Lem, Kees Meerhoff, Dirk van Miert, Kasper van Ommen, Paul J. Smith and Gilbert Tournoy.
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A short biographical sketch, given in guise of a preface, challenged the legendary biography with the extant documentation. Ending with mention of the sale of the books, it brought an end to the old legends: no epitaph, no fiction, no religious scandal is mentioned. In place of these episodes, the librarian exhibited the new documentation provided by the collections. For instance, he indicated the call number for the manuscript comprising the draft version of Vulcanius’ inaugural lesson in Cologne: “The oration that he was to deliver in taking on his duties is kept in the manuscript (Cod.
J. Witkam, De dagelijkse zaken van de Leidse universiteit van 1581 tot 1596 (Leiden: 1970–1975) and De financiën van de Leidse Universiteit in de 16de eeuw (Leiden: 1979–1982). 35 R. Breugelmans, “Three panegyrics by Bonaventura Vulcanius”, Lias 2 (1975), 265–273. -Batava: id est Virorum Clarissimorum Icones, Elogia ac vitae, qui eam scriptis suis illustrarunt (Leiden: 1613) Reprinted in Meursius, Johannes, Athenæ Batavæ, sive de vrbe Leidensi et academia, virisque claris; qui utramque ingenio suo, atque scriptis, illustrarunt: libri dvo (Leiden: 1625).
Je m’en vais donner toute la Lettre de Cuneus: c’est une Anecdote qui ne déplaira point. Un de mes Amis l’a copiée exactement sur l’Original, et m’a fait la grace de me communiquer sa Copie. Je sais le nom de celui qui garde l’Original. D. Vir Amplissime. Ante dies aliquot rogatu Mag. Rectoris, et Senatus Academici, laudavi Bonaventuram Vulcanium funebri Oratione, in qua reprebendi quaedam audio ab ineptis. Et iam perlatus Hagam rumor est. Ego non decrevi Orationem publicare, neque enim tanti est.