Calom, Jacob Aertz (1599-1678)

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Jacob Aertz Calom (or Colom), b. 10 October 1599 at Dordrecht, d. 10 May 1678 at Amsterdam, was baptized in the Amsterdam Waterlander congregation, 25 September 1622, and remained a member of this congregation until his death. He was a bookseller and published among others a large number of Mennonite books. In the dispute in the Waterlander congregation about the charge of Socinianism made against Nittert Obbes, Calom published a pamphlet in Obbes' defense, titled Antwoord op seeckere drie vragen, of which he was probably the author. At least one of his daughters was a member of the Waterlander congregation, but all of his sons joined the Reformed Church.

Calom was very expert in matters of mathematics and navigation; he wrote various cartographic books, and besides these technical works: Troost der Zeevaart (Comfort of Navigation) (Amsterdam, 1651) and Onderrigting in de Konst der Zeevaart (Instruction in the Art of Navigation). vdZ.


Catalogus der werken over de Doopsgezinden en hunne geschiedenis aanwezig in de bibliotheek der Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J.J. de Bussy, 1919: 105.

Jaarboek Amstelodamum 25 (1928): 85-88.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland, A-L (I, Utrecht), later by J. P. de Bie and J. Loosjes (II, III, IV, V, and installment #29, The Hague, 1903-    .): III, 193.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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