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The Many Lives Of Bonaventura Vulcanius 1614–2010 (Exploring Biographies And Introducing This Collection Of Papers)

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This chapter opens with an epitaph that has several manuscript versions. These versions are now kept among Vulcanius' papers at the University Library of Leiden. Now, this public self-depiction serves both as the shortest version of Bonaventura Vulcanius' biography and as a sketch for a self-portrait. Pivotal in the economy of the bio-bibliography of Bonaventura Vulcanius, the short poem is also pivotal in the life of his author: a retrospective portrait and a prospective eulogy, beginning with a perfect tense ('docui') and ending with the evocation of the future. A farewell to a career of professor and to Leiden, the epitaph did not happen to be included by coincidence into Meursius' Icones. The poem was one the last pieces in a long lasting exchange between an ex-student, made a colleague of Vulcanius in 1610, and his mentor.

Keywords: Icones; Bonaventura Vulcanius; docui; Leiden



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