Bout, Josse (17th/18th century)

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Josse (Joost) Bout wrote under the initials J. B., 't Merg van de Historien der Martelaren . . . alles in 't korte by een getrokken uyt de Groote Martelaars Spiegel der Doopsgesinde van Tileman Jansz van Bragt (The Gist of the History of the Martyrs . . . Everything Condensed from the Large <em>Martyrs Mirror</em> of the Mennonites by T. J. van Braght) (Haarlem, 1699). According to Glasius, this book follows the first edition of van Braght, that of 1660, and Bout’s condensation appeared first in an edition of 1671. This is incorrect. The source is van Braght’s edition of 1685, and nothing is known concerning a 1671 edition of 't Merg.

A second edition of Bout’s compilation appeared at Amsterdam in 1722; and another came out in 1736 "enlarged with engraved pictures," in which only the title-page was changed, the text being exactly the same as that of the 1722 edition. There was still another edition in 1769. The pictures are reproductions of the Jan Luiken's engravings from the Martyrs Mirror of 1685, but reduced in size, and reversed. Of this work there has appeared an abbreviated German translation, Das Andenken einiger heiligen Märtyrer, published in Pennsylvania in 1745, 120 pp. (Bender, Two Centuries; MQR 22, July 1948, 173.) About Josse Bout nothing further is known. He may be identical with Jacob Bout, who first belonged to the Remonstrants, and later became a Mennonite. This Jacob Bout, who was married to Catharina Kool, at first lived at Zaandam and later at Amsterdam, becoming a member of the Lamist congregation in 1671.


Bender, Harold S. Two Centuries of American Mennonite Literature, A Bibliography of Mennonitica Americana 1727-1928. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1929.

Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.H. de Bussy, 1919: 16.

Mennonite Quarterly Review 22 (July 1948): 173.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Bout, Josse (17th/18th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 27 Apr 2018.,_Josse_(17th/18th_century)&oldid=75913.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Bout, Josse (17th/18th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 April 2018, from,_Josse_(17th/18th_century)&oldid=75913.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 397. All rights reserved.

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