The following work is an attempt to place on record for the first time the history of the three printed copies known to be extant of one of the rarest of theological books.
Round this volume, the “Christianismi Restitutio,” or Restoration of Christianity, published in 1553, and that of the two smaller works by the same author, and also commented on, arose an ecclesiastical conflict of an almost unparalleled nature, one which brought the author to a martyred end.
The attack by Servetus on the doctrine of the Trinity ranged against him the theological giants of the Reformation, such as Luther, Melanchthon, Œcolampadius, Erasmus, and notably Calvin himself. Servetus and Calvin are, however, chiefly dealt with, as the title of this work indicates.
While thanking the Library Committee of the Edinburgh University for granting permission to reproduce the facsimiles, I am also indebted to Mr A. W. K. Miller, of the British Museum, and Mr W. K. Dickson, Keeper of the Advocates’ Library, Edinburgh, for useful help. To Principal Gordon, Manchester, I am also indebted for kindly criticism of a former book, and some of his emendations and suggestions have been taken advantage of in the present work.