DU MOULIN, Pierre The anatomy of Arminianisme: … concerning the doctrine of prouidence, of predestination, of the death of Christ, of nature and grace.

London, T[homas] S[nodham] for Nathaniel Newbery, 1620


FIRST EDITION thus. 4to. pp. [xviii], 368, 399-442, 441-504: [par.]² A (-A8) B-Gg Hh Ii². “This variant lacks Newbery’s name on [par.]2v.” ESTC. Roman letter, some Italic. Small woodcut ornament on title, floriated and grotesque woodcut initials, woodcut headpieces, early price mark at head of first fly, later shelf mark at head of pastedown, bookplate of Robert S. Pirie on fly with his pencil note “from the Lord Tollemache sale 1965” on pastedown. Light age yellowing, original paper flaw in K8 just affecting a few letters, very rare marginal spot. A fine copy, in very handsome contemporary calf, covers bordered with double blind and single gilt rule, large arms of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset (1588 – 1660) with motto “Foy pour Devoir” gilt stamped at centres, spine double gilt ruled in compartments, substantial remains of green silk ties, all edges sprinkled red.

A beautiful copy of the first edition of this important controversial work on Arminianism by Du Moulin in a fine contemporary armorial binding. “Du Moulin, alumnus of the Academy of Sweden, eminent Huguenot clergyman, recognised as a philosopher and noted as a polemicist, was one of the Gallican theologians who would have served as a delegate to the Synod of Dort had not a Royal edict forbidden the attendance of the French delegation. As a friend to the great Leiden theologian Franciscus Junius and a member of the faculty of philosophy at Leiden from 1592 to 1596, Du Moulin retained close connections with orthodox Reformed theologians in the Netherlands and had begun to write a treatise against Arminianism and appears to have sent a manuscript version to Synod of Dort After the Synod had completed its work and published its decisions, Du Moulin was one of the French pastors and theologians most influential in seeing to the acceptance of the Canons of Dort by the synods of the French Church – and as part of his work to further the cause of Dort and to end what he took to be the Arminian threat to French Reformed theology, he published the Anatome Arminianismi, or Anatomy of Arminianism, at the time of the conclusion of the Synod of Dort and prior to the French Synod’s examination and ratification of the canons.”

“Pierre Du Moulin was the leading intellectual in the French Reformed Church in the early seventeenth century. His influence within French Protestantism rivalled and complemented that of Philippe Duplessis-Mornay, the prominent nobleman, soldier, and adviser to Henry of Navarre, the Huguenot leader who became Henry IV of France. If Duplessis-Mornay was, as he is sometimes called, the ‘Huguenot Pope’, Du Moulin, the pastor of the congregation of Protestants in Paris, was the chief cardinal. A prolific writer and a skilful speaker, Du Moulin became noted for his success as a polemicist. Yet during a period of five years, 1613–18, Du Moulin was also the chief spokesman for a plan which would unite the English, Calvinist, and Lutheran Churches. The rather startling final point of the plan called for the reunited Protestants to make a fresh approach to Rome.” W. B. Patterson. ‘Pierre du Moulin’s Quest for Protestant Unity, 1613-18.’

From the library of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset (1588 – 1660). Seymour was secretly married at Greenwich on 22 June 1610 to Arbella Stuart (d.1615), daughter of Charles Stuart. Arbella was thirteen years his senior, and King James I disapproved of the marriage as the union of two potential Tudor pretenders to the throne, who were respectively fourth and sixth in line, could only be seen as a threat to the ruling dynasty. As a result, William was condemned to life imprisonment in the Tower of London. In June 1611 Seymour escaped from the Tower, planning to meet up with Arbella, who also had escaped captivity. They were to flee to the Continent, but bad weather and other circumstances prevented their meeting, and Arbella was recaptured and placed back in the Tower. William however managed to reach safety abroad at Ostend, but was never reunited with Arbella who remained in the Tower until her death in 1615. “He made his peace with the king and returned to England, 10 Feb 1615–16. So complete was his restoration to favour that when the Prince of Wales was created K.B., 3 Nov. 1616, the same honour was conferred upon him. ..in 1640 he was sworn of the privy council, and was created Marquis of Hertford. On 17 May 1641 he accepted the post of governor to the Prince of Wales, with whom he joined the king at York in April 1642.” DNB.

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