'1670' (=1672)

Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (T.2a variant), 4to

'1670' (=1672)
4o: (*)4 (**)2 A–Z4 Aa–Ff4 Gg2 [$3, (**) signed as $2]/124 leaves = pp. [12] 1–233 [3]
167204 – a1 (*)2 omines$ : a2 (**) pitis$, [1672]04 – a1 (*)2 omines$ : a2 (**) pitis$, [1672]04 – b1 A ce : b2 Gg N$I
'Henricus' 'Künraht', alias of Jan Rieuwertsz Sr
'Hamburg' (Amsterdam, ‘in ’t Martelaarsboek’, ‘Dirk van Assensteegh’)


Anonymous, 4to, 2nd ed. of Tractatus theologico-politicus, same as T.2 but edited with reimposed title page, cover-up place of publication (‘Hamburg’ for Amsterdam), fictitious publisher/printer (‘Henricus Künraht’ for [Jan Rieuwertsz Sr]), highly likely 1672 but antedated ‘1670’, new print run with correction of typeset errors based on intermediate source T.1.

Latin, bold unpointed Hebrew script, occasionally printed Dutch (fraktur typeface, pp. 57 and 159). Latin glosses with occasionally printed Hebrew in external margins (italics, keyed with superior letters), explanatory footnotes, keyed with typographical symbols (italics).

Roman type of the first nine lines of the title page is the reimposed type of T.1. title page: the old T.1 title page seems to have ‘reused’ and newly typeset with 1670 as its predated place of publication. Dot on ‘i’ in missing: ‘dedıt’.

Movable types from the office of the book’s likely printer Israel Abrahamsz de Paull: c.1663/8 ‘Hamburg’ type specimen (some quires of main text, Bartholomeus Voskens foundry), 94 mm ‘Augustyn’ italic (1642 or c.1663/8, Bartholomeus or Reinier Voskens?); 11 mm ‘Paragon’ roman capitals (1652), 16 mm capitals ‘Klein Canon’ roman and italics, ‘Text’ roman and italics as well as probably also Hebrew (2,5 mm mem).

Printing failure:

Copy Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Res 4 Pol.g. 202 m: ‘5’ in pagenumber 95 gradually shifted northwest in composition stick and tilted skew (‘hanging’).

P. 42 misnumbered as ‘24’, 207 as ‘213’, with reimposed title-page of T.1 (‘Künraht’; ‘1670’).

  • Yoke ornament on title-page, woodcut, 37x50 mm;
  • No ornamented initials. 20 simple closed black initials (woodcuts);
  • Sig. (**)v, tailpiece: reduced yoke ornament, 20x26 mm, 20x26 mm. The tailpiece was only replaced by a new ornament (flower basket) in the T.5 variant.



Graesse, 1859–67, vol. 6, pp. 469–70; Weller, 1864, vol. 1, p. 274; Van der Linde, 1871, p. 2, no. 3; Land, 1882b (B); Bibliotheca Spinozana, 1893, p. 2; Catalogue, no. 150 (Wolf), pp. 32–3, nos 361–3; Bamberger, 1961, pp. 17–18 (T.2/T.2a); Kingma and Offenberg, 1977, p. 9, no. 5.