FABRICIUS, JOHANN ALBERT: German theologian and bibliographer; b. at Leipsic Nov. 11. 1668; d. at Hamburg Apr. 3, 1736. He studied theology, philology, philosophy, and medicine in Leipsic, and in 1693 removed to Hamburg, where he assisted Johann Friedrich Mayer, the chief pastor of the city. Six years later he was appointed professor of ethics and rhetoric at the gymnasium, and from 1708 to 1711 was also rector of the Johanneum. He possessed a library of some 32,000 volumes, and was an extremely prolific writer. Several of his works are still unsuperceded. Among his bibliographical writings special mention may be made of the following; Bibliotheca latina (Hamburg, 1697; best edition by J. A. Ernesti, 3 vols., Leipsic, 1773-74); Biblitheca græca (14 vols., Hamburg, 1705-28; best edition, though incomplete, by G. C. Harless, 12 vols., 1790-1809); Bibliographia antiquaria (1713); Bibliotheca ecclesiastica (1718); and Bibliotheca Latina mediæ et infimæ ætatis (5 vols., 1734-36; completed by J. D. Mansi, 6 vols., Padua, 1754). In theology his work is antiquated, although mention may still be made of his Hydrotheologie (1730) and Pyrotheologie (1732), written to show the goodness of God in creating water and fire; as well as of the Centifolium Lutheranum (2 vols., 1728-30), a somewhat crude bibliography of Luther and the Reformation, and of the Salutaris lux Evangelii toti orbi exoriens (1731), with a valuable list of over 4,000 bishoprics. He likewise published a number of classical authors, but his only editions of permanent value were his Codex apocryphus Novi Testamenti (2 vols., 1703; enlarged, 1719) and his Codex pseudepigraphus Veteris Testamenti (1713; enlarged, 2 vols., 1722-23), both of which are still indispensable in a study of their subjects.