The Wise Merchant
The Wise Merchant
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Contents Introduction: wealth, knowledge and prestige Principles of this edition and translation Mercator sapiens: text and translation Bibliography Index

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"This is a welcome volume that may encourage greater interest in the Mercator sapiens from a wider range of early modernists, given the influence of Dutch merchants in many diverse European historical spheres. In this light, it is especially laudable that the publisher of the volume has made the text freely available in pdf form from the Amsterdam University Press website via a Creative Commons license."
- Michael J. Redmond, University of Palermo, Seventeenth-Century News, Volume 78 (2020)

"Anna-Luna Post and Corinna Vermeulen shed new light on the roles of humanist scholarship and rhetoric in Holland's metropolis. Caspar Barlaeus's 1632 oration, The Wise Merchant, has often been cited but seldom read. Their edition, translation and introduction set the work into its historical context with learning, clarity and economy."
- Anthony Grafton

Caspar Barlaeus

Anna-Luna Post, Corinna Vermeulen (eds)

The Wise Merchant

On 9 January 1632, at the inauguration of the Amsterdam Illustrious School - the predecessor of the city's university - Caspar Barlaeus delivered a speech that has continued to arouse the curiosity of researchers and the general public alike: Mercator sapiens. This famous oration on the wise merchant is now considered a key text of the Dutch Golden Age. At the same time it is surrounded by misunderstandings regarding Barlaeus himself, the nascent Illustrious School and Amsterdam's merchant culture. This volume presents the first English translation and the first critical edition of the Mercator sapiens, preceded by an introduction providing historical context and a fresh interpretation of this intriguing text.

Caspar Barlaeus

Caspar Barlaeus (1584-1648) was a Dutch polymath and Renaissance humanist, a theologian, poet, and historian.

Anna-Luna Post

Anna-Luna Post, MA, is currently employed by Utrecht University. Her research combines insights from cultural history and history of knowledge and science with a specific focus on early modern Italy and the Dutch Republic.

Corinna Vermeulen

Corinna Vermeulen, PhD, is an independent academic translator and editor specialising in Neo-Latin texts.