Gerhard Johann Vossius

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Gerhard Johann Vossius (1577–1649) was made a non-residentiary Canon of Canterbury (Stall XI) and came to England to be installed in 1629. It is possibly on this occasion that he presented a copy of one of his books to Archbishop George Abbot. Hasted notes that 'On the sequestration of the revenues of the dean and chapter in 1644, he found such favour with the Puritans, that he, and Dr. Jackson, had both pensions of 100l. a year each allowed to them.'[1]

The Chapter Library also has a book from the library of his son Isaac Vossius.


ShelfMark W2/A-3-5
Gerardus Vossius. Gerardi Ioannis Vossii De historicis Latinis libri tres. 1627
Inscription on verso of second front free endpaper: Reuerendissimo & clementissimo in Christo Patri, Georgio, Dei Gratiâ Cantuariensi Archiepiscopo, humillimo ac devotissimo animo offert auctor.
Dutch centre-piece binding on vellum.
Given to Archbishop George Abbot by the author, Gerhard Johann Vossius.
The book may have come to the Cathedral Library as one of the 25 books given by the Archbishop in 1633, or else with the transfer of duplicates from Lambeth Palace Library later in the century; it does not have the Archbishop's armorial binding stamp.

  1. Edward Hasted, 'Canterbury cathedral: Canons', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 12 (1801), pp. 55-108