Rare first edition of the comments of the Neufchâtelois pastor Jean Frédéric Ostervald (1663-1747) which preceded by a few years the publication of his famous translation of the Bible.
His revised translation of the Bible published in 1744 was one of the most widely used among Protestants along with the Segond Bible.”
Work divided into two parts. La première comprend L'Ancien Testament, la seconde Le Nouveau.
Blank binding full calf of period, ribbed spine - Lack of fragments at the headdresses, cracked spine, friction from use. A sound volume. Interior affected by moisture: has traces of wetness (visible in photos) and stains due to moisture. The text is nonetheless legible.
"Ostervald was especially remembered by the Bible which he had published in 1744, which is not a translation but a revision of that of the pastors of Geneva. The Ostervald Bible is a reference and is widely used for 150 years, until the end of the nineteenth century. An important aspect of the popularity of the Ostervald Bible is that it is accompanied by commentaries as well as moral and pious reflections on all chapters of its translation. These are supposed to be read during worship. They appeared independently in 1720 for the first time under the title Arguments and Reflections. In 1779 an exceptional edition of the Bible was published, including engravings illustrating biblical scenes, made at the age of 15 by Abraham Girardet, an artist from Le Locle. The text is revised again in 1996."
[Jean Frédéric Ostervald]
Argumens and reflections on the books and chapters of the Holy Bible. [Old and New Testaments]
Neufchâtel, Chez Jean David Griesser, 1720
Quarto (24 x 19 cm); 14 ff. 632-336 pp.