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TESTAMENT ...
[Testamentum duodecim patriarcharum. English. 1706]
The testament of the twelve patriarchs, the sons of Jacob. Translated out of Greek into Latin. By Robert Grosthead sometimes Bishop of Lincoln: and out of his copy into French and Dutch by others, and now Englished. To the credit whereof, an ancient Greek copy written in parchment is kept in the University Library of Cambridge.
London: printed by John Matthews for the Company of Stationers, 1706.
[160] p. : [13] wdcut illus. ; 14.5 cm. (8º)

Robert Grosthead = Robert Grosseteste. Translated into English by Anthony Gilby. Sometimes attributed to Arthur Golding. 'To the Christian Reader' signed: Richard Day. First published in 1574; the 1699 edition is also in Soane's library (q.v.). With a title-page vignette, an illustration of Jacob on his deathbed and portraits of all his sons in the text. ESTC n14135.

Copy Notes Extensive inscriptions in ink by a very young Soane and other family members. Inscription in ink on the title-page verso reads John Soan His Book / July / 23 1762 / [I?] Write my Name / For to betray the thief that / Steals my book away July 23 / John Soane his Book ... and on the back pastedown in a clumsy hand John Soan his / Book January / 22 / 1762 / iohn Soan ...; at the bottom of page [44] John Soan is a / Nody for Scibbling / His Book & / Ought to have his licking / Bought. Inscribed in ink on p. [101] Thomas Soan / His Book Sept / The 27. 1762. Other family inscriptions passim include a further inscription in a smaller hand J. Soan Ejus Liber with the signature of Wim Sown his / Book, i.e. Soane's elder brother William who in 1765 also passed on to him a copy of Robertson's A compleat treatise of mensuration, 1739 (q.v.). See Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens, eds, John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London 1999, cat. no. 2 (p. 83). Former ownership inscription in ink on front pastedown, crossed out, Thomas Tasker (?) his / book 1735. Paginated in ink throughout. Inscription in ink on upper cover, illegible but dated 1709.

Binding C18th sheep, blind-ruled borders, blind-tooled parallel to spine-edge, without spine-label. C20th box.

Reference Number 1504


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