2 JOSEPHUS, F./ Joodsche oudheden 106


Description: First Dutch edition of Flavius Joseph's works and of Basnage's continuation, with 300 illustrations, some by Jan Luyken

JOSEPHUS, Flavius.
Alle de werken, behelzende twintig boeken van de Joodsche oudheden, 't verhaal van zyn eygen leeven, de history van de orlogen der Jooden tegens de Romeynen, zyne twee boeken tegen Apion, en van den marteldood der Machabeen. Waarby komt het gezantschap van Philo aan den Keyzer Kaligula. In het Nederduytsch overgebragt door W. Sewel. Nog zyn daarby gevoegd de vyf boeken van Egesippus van de Joodsche oorlogen, en de verdelging Jerusalems

Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1704. With richly engraved frontispiece, title-page in red and black with engraved oval portrait of Flavius Josephus, divisional title on 3O1, 2 folding engraved maps, 12 double-page engraved plates (1 with 4 illustrations), 3 plans of Jerusalem and its Temple, and 209 engraved illustrations in text. [40], 782, [30], 113, [11]; [44], 658, [14], 659-1940 pp.

With: (2) BASNAGE DE BEAUVAL, Jacques. Vervolg op Flavius Josephus, Behelzende ene uitvoerige beschryving van derzelver regeringsvorm, godtsdienst, gezinten en plegtigheden. Mitsgaders een verhaal van alle oorlogen, weergaloze rampen, wisselvalligheden, verstrooing door de gehele waerelt ... levens en bedryven der Joodsche regeerders, hogepriesters, opperveltheren, valsche messiassen, beroemde mannen en geleerde schryvers ..., door alle eeuwen, tot dezen tydt toe. Eerste[-Tweede] deel.
Amsterdam, Gerard Onder de Linden; Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1726-1727. With richly engraved frontispiece, 2 title-pages, the first in red and black with engraved vignette (Onder de Linden's device), the second with a different engraved vignette (Boitet's device), engraved portrait of the dedicatee, Egidius van Bempden, burgomaster of Amsterdam, engraved dedication plate with Van Bempden's arms at the head of an architectural frame, engraved portrait of Basnage, 4 folding letterpress genealogical and other tables, 1 engraved illustration plate, and 90 engraved illustrations in text. 2 works in 3 volumes, bound as 2. Folio. Uniform contemporary blind-tooled vellum, sewn on 8 cords, each board with a large scrollwork centrepiece and 4 cornerpieces (each made with 7 impressions of 4 stamps) in a double frame of fillets, hand-lettered spine titles.

First Dutch edition of all the works on Jewish history by the famous classical Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. They were translated from the latest critical French edition by Arnauld d'Andilly, first published in Paris in 1667-1668. Though this volume was intended to stand on its own, the French Protestant minister Jacob Basnage, who had moved to the Netherlands in 1684 in anticipation of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, decided to publish the present continuation, carrying the history on to his own time, which grew larger. He began publishing his supplementary material in French, at Rotterdam from 1706 and The Hague from 1716. By 1726 it had grown to 15 duodecimo volumes containing more text than Flavius Josephus's own work. An abridged Dutch translation of some parts appeared in octavo format in 1719, but the present edition is the first complete (in fact the first extensive) Dutch edition, in folio format designed to match the 1706 Dutch edition of Flavius Josephus. The two works therefore form a coherent whole.
The illustrations in the first work include 127 designed and engraved by the celebrated Dutch artist Jan Luyken, 99 specially made for the present edition and the others first used in Mortier's Bible, published a year before. Especially in the homes of the strict Calvinists, works on Jewish history were very popular and much read and studied.
With occasional leaves in the second work foxed or browned, but otherwise in very good condition.
V. Eeghen & V.d. Kellen 396 (first work only); Klaversma & Hannema 132 & 747; not in Cohen & De Ricci.
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