First and unique edition of this interesting study on “several passages of the Bible” that are “difficult and obscure,” unusual work complete in two parts (1 Old Testament 2 New Testament) in continuous pagination.
Beautiful quarto publication illustrated with 27 tipped-in engraved plates (verifie complete) and two heapieces engraved by Leclerc after Baquoy, and by Scotin. Woodcut headpieces, dropcaps.
The plates are high quality with wide margins. It includes: different forms of the ascia (axe-shaped tool), clothing, hairstyles, Bacchus, virginal belts, technique for throwing giant stones, different forms of keys used by the Ancients, perfume bottles, representation on the “Demon of noon” among the Ancients.
Contains many explanatory notes at the bottom of each page. Volume 2 contains: table of the passages of Scripture that are explained or quoted in this work, table of authors, table of contents in alphabetical order, order and explanation of the figures.
The author, Dom Jacques Martin, a Benedictine scholar, was born in Fanjeaux (Haut Languedoc) in 1684, he died in Paris in 1751. He was particularly involved in research on the origins of Gaul and the Celts; his works, highly esteemed in his time, testify to an immense body of knowledge. “If Dom Martin hadn’t endeavoured to compile many quotations on trivial subjects, his work would have been much more pleasant to read. His penetrating mind caused him to discover many passages that had escaped less ingenious scholars; however, more indecent stamps and a host of satirical and biting features forced secular authority to stop the output.” (Hoefer) Cf. Larousse XIXe - Barbier II, 377 - Brunet III, 1496.
Explications de plusieurs textes difficiles de l'Ecriture Sainte, qui, jusqu'à présent, n'ont été ni bien entendus ni bien expliquez par les commentateurs, avec des règles certaines pour l'intelligence du sens littéral de l'ancien et du nouveau Testament Ouvrage enrichi d'antiques gravées en taille-douce, par le R.P. Dom*** [Jacques Martin]...
A Amsterdam : chez Jean Schipper. MDCLXVIII., 1669
(4)-LXXVIII-(2)-403-(1)-XVIII-(2)-405 to 732 pages. + 27 pl
Quarto, 26 x 20 cm.
Period full brown calfskin binding, spines with raise bands adorned with an affixed red morocco label and a rich gilded decoration.
Good condition, sturdy volumes, decorative set. The leather is slightly faded, small restoration to the headcap of volume 1, missing a small fragment. Restored corners. Fresh and clean interiors, slightly yellowed paper, some light foxing mainly in the margins, nothing serious.
Provenance: handwritten ex-libris on the title (in pen) “Rubea Vallie.” Unidentified engraved heraldic ex-libris.
- Number of Books
- Bibles, Bindings, Illustrated, Religion
- Author/ Illustrator
- Jacques Martin
- Book Title
- Explications de plusieurs textes difficiles de l'Ecriture Sainte, Bible
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- Emery, Saugrain, Pierre Martin
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 26×20 cm