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JOSEPHUS, Flavius (37 or 8--97?)
[Works. English. Whiston. 1737]
The genuine works of Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian. Translated from the original Greek, according to Havercamp's accurate edition. Containing twenty books of the Jewish antiquities, with the appendix, or life of Josephus, written by himself: seven books of the Jewish war: and two books against Apion. Illustrated with new plans and descriptions of the tabernacle of Moses; and of the temples of Solomon, Zorobabel, Herod, and Ezekiel; and with correct maps of Judea and Jerusalem. To this book are prefixed eight dissertations, ... With an account of the Jewish coins, weights, and measures. By William Whiston, M.A. ...
London: printed by W. Bowyer for the author: and are to be sold by John Whiston, bookseller, 1737.
[4], cvi,*cv--*cviii, [1], cviii-clii, 1021, [83] p., [1] fold. map, [1] fold. pl. ; 38.9 cm. (2°)

First edition of Whiston's translation of the works of Josephus, which became the standard English translation and was reprinted continuously throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With a half-title and 41 final leaves of author's note to the reader, indexes, addendum, errata, and advertisements. The directions to the bookbinder at the end state that if the work is bound in two volumes, the 'Eight dissertations' (pp. i--clii) should be bound at the beginning of vol. II, ie. between pp. 688 and 689. One of the treasures of Soane's library is a fifteenth-century illuminated MS. of Josephus's History of the Jews, previously in the Royal Library of King Edward IV (MS 1; see SM Concise Catalogue of Drawings Vol 135; Eric G. Millar, 'Les manuscrits à peintures des bibliothèques de Londres', Paris, from Bulletin de la Société Française de Reproductions de Manuscrits à Peintures, 1914--1920, pp. 9--14), bought at Lord Berwick's Attingham sale in August 1827 for £147. ESTC t112661.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title and the final leaf (sig. 13A2). Bought from John Bell, 148 Oxford Street for 10s. 6d. according to the entry in Soane's Note Book for Tuesday 7 June 1796: '0.10:6 Walked to Bells in Oxford Street & ordered him to send Josephus on Thursday'. (SNB).

Binding Late C18th marbled calf, gilt-roll-tooled borders and inner frame, gilt-tooled spine with central patera ornament, marbled edges and endpapers.

Reference Number 1448


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