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Willem Heda and the edition of his Historia episcoporum Ultrajectensium

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When Willem Heda concluded his Latin history of the Utrecht bishops on 1 May 1521 with a dedicatory epistle to the Utrecht Cathedral Chapter, he probably could not have expected it would take almost a century before the work was actually printed. That he assumed his history would soon be on the press is apparent from a sentence in the dedication itself: '. . . iussistis ut . . . etiam gesta ac vitas sanctorum, . . . ea in lucem proferentes publicis impensis novis formis excudenda traderemus, . . . [You, canons of the cathedral, commissioned us . . . to publish also the history and lives of the saints (the bishops of Utrecht) and present it to be printed at your expense (at the expense of public funds), "novis formis": in the new letters (type faces)]'.


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