Robert Goulet's rare edition of Antiquitates Iudaicae and De bello judaico, by Flavius Josephus.
Hard to find, only 2 copies in the Collective Catalogue of Spain, and just one for sale.
Robert Goulet—born in Saint-Lô about 1478 and died in Avranches about 1550—was a Catholic figure and writer, whose job was teaching.
Louis Herbert, then archdeacon of Val-de-Vire, recommended him to his brother Geoffroy Herbert, bishop of Coutances, who admitted him to the College of Harcourt in Paris. Progressing rapidly, Robert Goulet earned bachelor's and doctor's degrees.
Like all his colleagues at Harcourt College, he became a priest and was one of the great preachers of Paris. Speaking Latin and Greek, he researches, corrects, annotates and publishes manuscripts and books by little-known authors, including the historian Flavius Josephus.
He was a professor at the University of Paris and dean of the Faculty of Theology.’
I have been tempted to keep this book for my collection, for me. The book is interesting for four main reasons. Firstly, because of the work itself and its famous Flavian testimony. Then it is a rare edition of a major printer, Jean Petit. And also Robert Goulet's comments are vehemently torn out by the inquisition, surely in the city of Paris and in the 16th century. (In the photos you can see date and signature of the inquisitor on the last page, apparently not torn out).
Possibly expurgated, as Goulet's research and conclusions did not please the inquisition. Please remember also that the Council of Trent ends in 1563 and it is possible that it had something to do, but I doubt it. I also doubt that it has to do with the Flavian testimony and the eternal discussion about whether it was a later Christian interpolation, but I'm not sure, I had no time to research thoroughly. In any case, I think it is a plus I couldn’t find out, the fun task fo researching is a ‘gift’ for the new owner.
(There is an online copy of Goulet's comments on Google books.)
Except for Goulet's comments mentioned above, the other parts are complete
(Antiquitates Iudaicae + De bello judaico + Index) 194 + 110 + 29 (folios).
Work in good condition, some sporadic stains and some rectangular lagoons on the sides and at the bottom, but they are lagoons without frayed edges in most cases. Those frayed have been restored. In addition, the frontispiece and the last page have been restored, as they needed it.
Restorations undertaken in May 2021 with high quality Japanese paper (Kawanaka) with neutral pH.
The binding is antique, I can’t say if it is the original. I personally think so, as it fits with the time when bookbinders began to not be able to meet the demand for the boom of printing presses.
It’s fixed at the bottom but not at the top, as can be seen in the first photos, so it is still well fixed to the book.
The red stain on the frontispiece was caused by an old seal that dissolved over time on the most superficial part of the paper. I have added a backlit photo, where you can see it.
Antique annotations, probably from the 17th century. Some foxing and folio numbering errors. Good embossed decoration.
The book has a lot of potential, I recommend rebinding and guillotining to the taste of the buyer, and it will remain as new and ready for another 500 years.
There is an inventory of all restored and unrestored rectangular lagoons available to bidders upon request.
Folio numbering errors: folios 8. 26.149
Folios: 0-32. 184.108.40.206.19.20-220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.109.168.
De bello judaico; 26.52-22.214.171.124.103-107.
I am happy to answer any question from bidders in Spanish or English.
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- Geschiedenis, Incunabelen en vroege drukken, Naslagwerken
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Flavius Josephus
- Josephi judei historici preclara opera
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Jehan petit
- Anders - zie de beschrijving
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 28×23 cm