Historia ecclesiae Africanae illustrata, qua ecclesiae Africanae origo, status, variaque illius fata & interitus exponuntur, et de illius principiis, fide, cultu, libertate, & pugna praecipue cum schifmaticis Donatistis differitur pro ecclesiae reformatae
Leydecker, Melchior.

Ultrajecti, apud viduam Guiljelmi Clerck, 1690. First edition of this rare ecclesiastical history of Africa. OCLC notes only two copies in North America, at Yale and the University of Chicago. With two title-pages, each printed in black and red. Large folding map of North Africa. Covers lightly soiled, hinges loose. but cords sound, front endpapers lightly dampstained, but text crisp and clean. Contemporary donor's inscription on a preliminary blank, possibly by the author. A very good copy. Contemporary stiff vellum with title in manuscript on spine Two volumes in one, quar 236, 34, [6]; [28], 691, (Item ID: 16198)


Melchior Leydecker (1642-1721) was a Calvinisr theologian/ Born at Middelburg in 1642, he became pastor in the province of Zealand in 1662, and was appointed professor at Utrecht in 1678. He was a strong supporter of the doctrines of the Reformed Church and opposed the systems of Cocceius and Descartes, the works of Drusius, Spenser's book, De Legibus Hebraeorum, and the Lutheran tendencies of Witsius. His principal works in systematic theology include De providentia Dei (1677), Fax veritatis (1677), and Synopsis (1684). He also wrote extensively about Biblical history and lore. His De Republioca Hebraeoarum (1704) is one of the largest repertories ever written on the subject of Hebrew antiquities.

Gay 307. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p.384. Playfair, Algeria, p.144.

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