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The Reformed Librarie-Keeper (1650)   By: (1596-1680)

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Publication Number 220


University of California, Los Angeles


GENERAL EDITOR DAVID STUART RODES, University of California, Los Angeles

EDITORS CHARLES L. BATTEN, University of California, Los Angeles GEORGE ROBERT GUFFEY, University of California, Los Angeles MAXIMILLIAN E. NOVAK, University of California, Los Angeles NANCY M. SHEA, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library THOMAS WRIGHT, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

ADVISORY EDITORS RALPH COHEN, University of Virginia WILLIAM E. CONWAY, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library VINTON A. DEARING, University of California, Los Angeles PHILLIP HARTH, University of Wisconsin, Madison LOUIS A. LANDA, Princeton University EARL MINER, Princeton University JAMES SUTHERLAND, University College, London NORMAN J.W. THROWER, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library ROBERT VOSPER, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library JOHN M. WALLACE, University of Chicago

PUBLICATIONS MANAGER NANCY M. SHEA, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY BEVERLY J. ONLEY, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT FRANCES MIRIAM REED, University of California, Los Angeles


This work, with its quaint sentiments and its grim picture of what librarians were like in the mid seventeenth century, is more than a curiosity. John Dury was a very important figure in the Puritan Revolution, offering proposal after proposal to prepare England for its role in the millennium. The Reformed Librarie Keeper is an integral part of that preparation. To appreciate it one must look at it in terms of the plans of Dury and his associates, Samuel Hartlib and Johann Amos Comenius, to reform the intellectual institutions of England so that the prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation could be fulfilled there.

John Dury (1596 1680), the son of a Scottish Puritan, was raised in Holland.[1] He studied at the University of Leiden, then at the French Reformed seminaries at Sedan and Leiden, and later at Oxford. He was ordained a Protestant minister and served first at Cologne and then at the English church in the West Prussian city of Elbing. There he came in contact with Samuel Hartlib (? 1662), a merchant, who was to devote himself to many religious and scientific projects in England, and with Johann Amos Comenius (1592 1670), the leader of the Moravian Brethren, as well as with other great educational reformers of the Continent. The three of them shared a common vision that the advancement of knowledge, the purification of the Christian churches, and the impending conversion of the Jews were all antecedent steps to the commencement in the foreseeable future of the millennium, the thousand year reign of Christ on earth. They saw the struggles of the Thirty Years' War and the religious conflict in England as part of their development of providential history.

In terms of their common vision, each of them strove during the decade 1630 40 to help the world prepare for the great events to come. Comenius started redoing the educational system through his textbooks and set forth plans for attaining universal knowledge. Hartlib moved from Germany to England, where he became a central organizing figure in both the nascent scientific world and the theological world. He was in contact with a wide variety of intellectuals and brought their ideas together. (For instance, he apprised Dury of the millenarian theory of Joseph Mede, which was to be so influential in the Puritan Revolution, and he spread Comenius's ideas in England.) Dury devoted himself principally to trying to unite all of the Protestant churches in Europe and to this end began his peregrinations from Sweden and Germany to Holland, Switzerland, France, and England... Continue reading book >>

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