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TESTAMENT ...
[Testamentum duodecim patriarcharum. English. 1699]
The testament of the twelve patriarchs, the sons of Jacob. Translated out of Greek into Latine, 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 T. Milbourn for the Company of Stationers, 1699.
[160] p. : [13] wdcut illus. ; 14.3 cm. (8º)

Robert Grosthead = Robert Grosseteste. English translation by Anthony Gilby; sometimes attributed to Arthur Golding. First published in 1574; separate editions of the individual testaments began to appear from 1539 while the first reference to the extant Greek manuscript in Cambridge appears in the edition of 1576. 'To the Christian Reader' is signed 'Richard Day'. The colophon is mis-dated 1693. With a title-page vignette, illustrations of Jacob on his deathbed and portraits of all his sons in the text. The extant Greek manuscript at Cambridge University Library is MS. Ff.1.24, fol. 203a--262b; it was published by M. de Jonge, The testaments of the twelve patriarchs: a critical edition of the Greek text, Leiden, 1978. Grosseteste's interest is discussed by K. Hill, 'Robert Grosseteste and his work of Greek translation' in The Orthodox Churches and the West, edited by D. Baker (Studies in Church History, 13), 1976, pp. 213--222. Wing T802; ESTC r9578.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the title-page Jopeh[?].

Binding Early C19th sprinkled sheep, gilt double-ruled spine, brown spine-label.

Reference Number 1503


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