Zacharias Cornelisz (d. ca 1640)

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Zacharias Cornelisz (d. ca. 1640) was a Mennonite publisher and printer at Hoorn, Holland, from whose presses appeared a number of Mennonite books beginning not later than 1609, including works by Menno Simons, Hendrik Alewijnsz, Dirck Gerrits, and P. J. Twisck. He published the first issue of Menno's book against Jan van Leyden (written in 1535) without a name. He also published in 1627 P. J. Twisck's Kleyn Liedtboecxken and other theological works of this author, and some Mennonite songbooks, as well as two editions of the martyrbooks: Historie der warachtige getuygen J.C., in 1617, and Historie van de vrome Getuygen J.C. . . . , 1626.

After his death his sons Jan and Pieter continued the printing shop. Pieter Zachariasz (Sacharyesen), who later took the family name of Hartevelt (Harteveldt), also published Mennonite books, e.g., the 1644 and 1657 editions of the hymnal Kleyn Hoorns Liet-boeck. Of some of these and other editions Zacharias Cornelisz and his sons were not the printers, but only the publishers. Pieter Zachariasz Hartevelt also published the portrait of Menno Simons by J. van de Velde.

Zacharias probably belonged to the Old Frisian church at Hoorn, of which P. J. Twisck was an elder. He must have died before 1640.


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: 15, 84, 213, 214, 270, 271.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. (1887): 90; (1916): 62.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 372.

Additional Information

A duplicate article was published in the Mennonite Encyclopedia under the entry Cornelisz, Zacharias, v. I, p. 714.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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