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By Helene Cazes

The final of the Renaissance humanists, Bonaventura Vulcanius, continues to be a mysterious determine, although he left a correspondence, at the least Alba amicorum, and a set of books and manuscripts. Born in Bruges in 1538, the son of a disciple of Erasmus, he spent the bothered a long time of 1560 and 1570 in wanderings sooner than his appointment in 1581 as a Professor for Greek and Latin Letters on the collage of Leiden. He edited and translated many a unprecedented textual content, composed dictionaries, despatched laudatory poems, and compiled the 1st chapters of a background of Germanic languages. This quantity gathers fresh learn in this flexible philologist, and contains the 1st variation of many unpublished works and records. members 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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Le Ghilini, qui n’a fait que paraphraser et mal traduire Swertius, a renchéri sur la faute de son original, puisqu’au lieu de l’an 1610 il a mis l’an 1600 et n’a pas laissé de dire, que Vulcanius né selon lui et selon la vérité le 30 de Juin 1538 avoit vêcu plus de soixante et dix ans. [Ghilini, Teatro, Parte II, pag. 49] Ce n’est point la seule bévue qu’il a commise: il a dit de plus [Là-même, p. ] . Il n’est pas besoin de dire qu’au lieu de Burgos ville d’Espagne, il a dit Bruges ville de Flandre, et qu’au lieu de Leide, il a dit Lion qui n’a jamais eu d’Université.

Codicum, et ex coniectura, emendauit. Inde Geneuam profectus, Arriani Historiam de rebus gestis Alexandri, turpissime ab interprete versam, ope MS. exemplaris infinitis locis correxit, et noua interpretatione donauit. vnde Basileam reuersus, cum etiam de matris obitu nuntium accepisset, et iam res Belgicas in meliore paulo statu esse cognosceret, peregrinandi satur domum redijt. Et cum in Frisiam cum Legatis Ordinum Belgicorum prosicisceretur, ac Leida iter faceret, a Curatoribus Academiae Professor linguae Graecae designatus anno 1578 triennio demum post Leidam venit, et Professionem suscepit.

C. Molhuysen (1870–1944) was appointed in 1896 as the keeper of the manuscripts in Leiden University Library. Immediately on his nomination, he started to set the Vulcanius’ collections in order, publishing scholarly studies on his correspondence, transcribing most of it, and above all, producing a printed catalogue of the manuscripts in Vulcanius’ library. The Codices Vulcaniani29 opened the series of library catalogues, the Codices manuscripti / Bibliotheca Universitatis Leidensis to be continued by Molhuysen himself in 1910 and 1912 and resumed in 1946 until the present.

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