Handwritten transcript by Ludolf Venhuizen (1696-1726), pastor at Grijpskerk. It concerns a partial transcript of the book ‘Christianae theologiae medulla didactico-elenctica’ by Johannes Marckius (or Johannes à Marck) a Dutch theologian (1656-1731), originally published in Amsterdam 1690. This transcript by Venhuizen was written in 1716 (or 1719: MDIIXVIIII – but the last three I's are smudged) and contains chapters 6 through 19 (of 34), pp.72-140. The pages are numbered according to the pagenumbers transcribed. A handwritten transcript of a printed page takes several pages, so the first and last page of each section containing the text of a particular printed page is marked by the corresponding pagenumber. For instance you find p. 72, then some unnumbered pages, then again p. 72 marking the end of this page and then p. 73 on the following page, then some unnumbered pages, again followed by p. 73 marking the end of that page. Chapter 8 and 14 are incomplete (part of page 121 and all of page 122) with some blank pages, presumably intended to complete later. The handwriting is fairly neat and legible, here and there varying in size.
Full parchment spitsel binding with red sprinkled edges. In good condition without staining or damages, with spacious outer margins and some visible foldlines to mark these margins to make sure the writing is evenly spaced. Lovely testimony of a situation where making a transcript would probably be cheaper than obtaining the printed work. How would Venhuizen respond to our modern techniques to copy, scan or photograph bookpages? From the collection of Jelle Kaspersma and Alie Vinke from Kampen, with a note of ownership in pencil on the flyleaf.