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Annales Anabaptistici hoc est, Historia Universalis de Anabaptistarum origine, progressu, factionibus & schismatis, paradoxis, tumultibus, colloquiis, pacificationibus, locis & sedibus, scriptis, hinc illinc emissis, edictis & judiciis, ac quicquid præterea ad rem facere videtur. His pramissa prolegomena I. Ad lectorem. 2. de varris Anabaptistarium sectis tractation duplex. 3. collation cum veteribus hærecticis. 4. de Donatistis. 5. quomodo tractandi ejusmodi homines; unà cum Incice copioso. "Still Today a Valuable Source of Information about the Anabaptists," Basel, 1672.
Basileæ Sumptibus Johannis Regis, Impressa per Jacobum Werenfelsium. A. C. cIc Icc Lxxii. [1672]. Quarto, 16.8 x 20.4 x 2.9cm. - Annales Anabaptistici, a scholarly compilation by the Zürich professor of church history Johann Heinrich Ottius (Otte), published in Basel, Switzerland, in 1672, still today a valuable source of information about the Anabaptists. That such a relatively dispassionate recording could be published and was also read, may be taken as a sign that toward the end of the 17th century, with the coming of pietism, a certain lively interest in the story of the "heretics" and their earnest Christianity had arisen among the Protestants. G. Arnold's Kirchen-und Ketzer-Historie (1699) was a still stronger expression of this trend. What He [Ottius] wanted to do was a first presentation (as objective as possible) of the things which then were summarily called "Anabaptist" and which today could perhaps better be described by the collective term "the left wing of the Reformation," including not only the different branches of Anabaptism and Mennonitism, but also Schwenckfeldians, Anti-Trinitarians, and all the marginal sects of the first half of the 16th century.The later parts of the book (after 1550) concentrate more consistently on the Dutch Mennonites, the Swiss Brethren, and the Austrian Hutterites. Ottius presents in his book excerpts from a great number of sources in the form of annals year by year with but little comment of his own. He starts with the year 1521 (Müntzer, Storch, Zwickau Prophets), and ends with 1670-71. To judge the reliability of this book, we have to study the sources used. From these and similar sources Ottius extracted a picture of the Anabaptists through a century and a half as objectively as possible. To a certain extent he actually succeeded in this endeavor in spite of his questionable sources. The book has 360 pages and a good index. It must have found quite wide attention, since it was quoted often by later historian in this field."--Robert Friedmann in The Mennonite Encyclopedia (c1955,59) I:125. Johann Heinrich Ottius (Otte, Otte, Ott) (c1617-1682) "a Swiss Reformed church historian, was educated at the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Groningen, Leiden, and Amsterdam. Although Ottius was not very favorable to the Anabaptists and his Annales are not entirely unprejudiced, this account of Anabaptist history contains many interesting facts. He spent the year 1634-41 in the Netherlands, industriously collecting the material that he later worked into his chronicle. He must have had an extraordinary acquaintance with the old Anabaptist writings. Later he became a professor at the University of Zürich."--Ernst Crous in The Mennonite Encyclopedia (c1953, 1959) IV:94-95. Sometime recently rebound in nice black leather with raised bands, red gilt morocco title label, gilt highlight on center of raised bands, blind-tooling on boards and spine, new endpapers, title paper tanned some, oval library blind stamp on bottom of title page, accession number written at angle on top inside corner of title page, foxing on first & last few pages, lighter foxing scattered throughout, otherwise contents clean, tear in p.301 repaired with modern archival paper. Title printed in red & black. Previous owner's name written on title: "Howard Olgond[?]" Woodcut head & tailpieces; two woodcut initial letters. Collation: a-e4, A-Z4, Aa-Yy4, [a]-[c]4. Pagination: (1) title, (11) dedication, (4) verse, (3) Monita ad Lectorem, (8) Genera Anabaptisarum, (5) Sectarum Anabapatisticarum Alphabetica recensio, (8) Succincta delineatio schismatis Donatistici, [1]-225, 230-244, 240-360, (22) index, (1) errata, (1) blank. Book is complete with just slightly irregular pagination. OCLC locates 14 libraries in the U.S., 2 in the U.K., 10 in Germany and 11 in Switzerland. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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