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Bochart, Samuel.  Hierozoicon, sive bipartitum opus de animalibus s. scripturae. Lugduni Batavorum: Apud Cornelium Boutesteyn & Samuelem Luchtmans, 1712. Folio (39.5 cm, 15.5"). [8], 63, [1] pp., 1094 cols., 91 (index), [3] pp., 888 cols., 79 (index), [1] pp.; illus. (lacking 1 prelim. f. & 1 plt.).

Early, handsome edition of this treatise on the animals of the Bible, written by an eminent French Protestant biblical scholar, natural historian, and student of Oriental languages. The Hierozoicon was first published in 1663 and widely acclaimed at the time for its erudition and its => comprehensive presentation of classical material relating to every creature mentioned in Scriptures; it appears here in its stated fourth edition, originally issued as vols. II and III of Bochart's Opera omnia with spine labels reflecting that.
        This large volume's title-page is printed in red and black and features an attractive engraved vignette, as does the separate title-page of the second portion, while the text is printed in => Latin, Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic.

Brunet, I, 1022 (for Opera). Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked in the 19th century with sheep, spine with gilt-stamped red and black leather labels; worn overall, sides scuffed, leather chipped and cracking, joints tender and starting from extremities. Front pastedown with small institutional bookplate, preliminary leaves with pencilled and (small) inked numerals, title-page institutionally rubber-stamped (quite neatly, and volume properly deaccessioned). Light to moderate foxing largely confined to margins, light soiling as of old use; in fact a clean, attractive volume. As noted, not present here is the other volume of Bochart's Opera; also lacking are the one-page "Praefatio praemissa editioni anni CICICCXCII" (not found in all copies) and the engraved portrait of the author. => This Hierozoicon is textually complete in and of itself.  (37096)   Please RESHELVE This.

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