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Calmet, Augustin. Dictionarium historicum, criticum, chronologicum, geographicum, et literale sacrae scripturae .... Augustae Vindelicorum [Augsburg]: Sumptibus Martini Veith bibliopolae, 1738. Folio (33.5 cm, 13.2"). 2 vols. I:  ff., 200 pp.; 762 pp.; 11 plates. II: , 688 pp.; 180 pp.; 19 plates.
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Second German edition of Calmet's great dictionary of the Bible, first published at Paris in 1722 in his native French, followed by a supplement in 1728; Augustin Calmet (1672–1757) was a renowned exegetist and Benedictine priest who completed the present work shortly after the massive Bible commentary that made him famous (Commentaire littéral, 23 vols., Paris, 1707–16).
The text here is from the Latin translation by Giovanni Domenico Mansi (1692–1769),
for hundreds of words and where to find them in Scripture; it
is printed double-column in roman and italic, with a few woodcut initials, head-
and tailpieces, and with the printer's device on both title-pages. Select entries
from the dictionary are illustrated by seven
fold-out engraved plates including five maps and 23 full-page engraved plates
(some folded at the fore-edge to fit), of places, apparatuses
for religious rituals, numismata,
dress, and musical instruments described in Scripture. Many of these are signed
by Augsburg engravers Johann Gottfried Kolb and Andreas Ehman, who himself contributedeight
new plates to Kolb's set (used in the 1729 ed.). Two maps are
ascribed to A.P. Starckman.
Additionally appearing are various tables and charts, including genealogical
tables; a chronological register of Hebrew high priests; a comprehensive chronology
of general Bible history; a Jewish calendar; and an extensive index of authors'
names included in thebibliography
of the best sources on Scripture that precedes the dictionary
in vol. I. The second volume closes with a “Dissertatio de tactice hebraeorum”
by D. Equite Volard.
Contemporary blind-tooled alum-tawed pigskin over beveled wooden boards, tooled
using a variety of rules and foliate rolls and stamps in concentric rectangular
panels to frame a central lozenge (constructed of multiple stamps) on each
cover. Each volume bears remnants of two clasps, and both spines have raised
bands with author and title written in early ink in the upper two compartments.
Discalced Carmelite Convent at Schongau, Bavaria (early ink inscription, title-pages,
Graesse, II, 20n. See Brunet, I, 1495; and Vancil, pp. 44–45.
Binding as above, scuffs and dust-soiling; spine of vol. II pulled
and lower spines speckled with ink. Ex-library: bookplates of two collections
on front pastedowns and fly-leaves, stamp on bottom edges and rear pastedowns,
call number on spines (crossed out), and penciling from a third library on
front pastedowns. Clippings from old booksellers' descriptions on front pastedown
of vol. I. Both title-pages trimmed just grazing print; title-page in vol.
I tipped onto following leaf, with tear in outer margin and another starting
near printer's device; otherwise the odd small marginal tear or isolated stain
only, and occasional light foxing in both volumes including to plates. Very
minor worming to one plate in vol II. An
indispensable reference and an illuminating “browse.”
Giving Engraving “Due Rank & Consideration Among the Fine Arts”
Landseer, John. Lectures on the art of engraving, delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme (pr. by J. M'Creery), 1807. 8vo (21.4 cm, 8.42"). , xxxviii, , 341 (pag. skips 3/4),  pp.
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First edition: Landseer (ca. 1765–1852), Associate Engraver of the Royal Academy, makes his case for the value of engraving as an art form. He also has strong words regarding certain other critics' and artists' statements — and in some cases their “wretched bungling” engraving efforts (p. 303), particularly as connected to their conning money out of unsuspecting subscribers and purchasers. The lectures cover both contemporary and historical techniques of engraving, and include descriptions of ancient gems and coins.
Provenance: Ex–Franklin Institute copy with title-page and one other perforation-stamped, first preface page with its 19th-century rubber-stamp; early inked checkmark in upper margin of title-page and small inked numeral in lower margin of first preface page. An interesting provenance as the Franklin Institute's original mission was the “Promotion of the Mechanic Arts.”
NSTC L398. Recent plain black cloth, spine with printed paper label. Printshop offsetting onto one sectional title; pages age-toned with light to moderate foxing throughout, a few signatures more heavily foxed. A very solid, usable copy. (41475)
One of the FirstEnglish Histories IN English
Speed, John. The historie of Great Britaine under the conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their originals, manners, habits, warres, coines, and seales: with the successions, lives, acts, and issues of the English monarchs from Iulius Caesar, unto the raigne of King Iames, of famous memorie. London: Pr. by John Dawson [and Thomas Cotes] for George Humble, 1632. Folio (33.5 cm, 13.25").  ff., 1042 pp.; 1043–1086 ff., 1087–1237, [85 (index)] pp. (lacking frontis.); illus.
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Third edition of this archetypal early English history, a variant of the 1631 edition. Printed with all the archaic and “curious” spellings one could hope for in such a work (e.g., “Britaine” and “ye” on the title-page), each page bears both roman and italic types; the text contains a number of intricate initials, headpieces, and tailpieces, and is adorned with detailed woodcuts of kings, their coats of arms, and the seals and coinage of their reigns. The illustrations are as notable as the typography for quaint charm.
Speed (1552–1629), a cartographer and historian, published the Historie as a continuation of his Theatre of Great Britaine, both works being listed in the table of contents of this work, which explains the volume's peculiar pagination and arrangement.
An epitome of the “antiquarian” both in form and content, this is a marvelous compendium of royal history and lore.
ESTC S997; STC (rev. ed.) 23049; Graesse 462–63; Lowndes 2471–72. Period-style calf framed, panelled, and stamped in gilt; spine gilt extra with gilt-stamped leather title and author labels; signed by Starr Bookworks. Light to moderate waterstaining, with traces of now-arrested mildew in the form of intermittent and usually faint pink staining/spotting. Frontispiece lacking; title-page partially mounted; dedication page and first few leaves of contents with inner margins reinforced. Pp. 41/42 with tear from lower margin extending into text, lower edge of tear repaired; pp. 125/26 with lower outer corner torn away and replaced, without loss of text; pp. 271/72 with lower portion replaced, with loss of several paragraphs and the lower half of one image; pp. 449/50 with lower outer corner replaced, with loss of lower portion of one decorated capital, about three lines of text, and small portion of tailpiece; pp. 597/98 with small portion of outer margin repaired, with loss of one shouldernote; pp. 1005/06 with portion of outer margin torn away, with partial loss of one shouldernote; pp. 1041/42 with lower and outer margins partially cut away along frame of text block, without loss. Pp. 1087/88 with lower portion excised, text replaced in an early inked hand; pp. 1237/38 mounted, with loss of an image and two paragraphs of text. One index leaf with lower outer portion excised, with loss of about 15 lines of text; final index leaf with lower outer corner torn away and repaired, text partially reconstructed in an early inked hand. One coat of arms drawn in by hand where the shield had been left blank. Definitely an imperfect copy; yet, in fact, definitely not a devastated one. (24405)
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