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Dictionarium historicum, criticum, chronologicum, geographicum, et literale sacrae scripturae .

Calmet, Augustin.

Published by Sumptibus Philippi, ac Martini Veith, & Johannis fratris haeredum, Augustae Vindelicorum & Graecii [Augsburg, Germany, & Graz, Austria], 1729
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Later 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. The present text is a Latin translation by Giovanni Domenico Mansi (1692?1769), published as four volumes in two tomes (1729?36), of which this is the first tome only, complete in itself (A?Z) but without the supplement. Benedictine priest Augustin Calmet (1672?1757) was a renowned exegetist, who completed the present work shortly after the massive Bible commentary that made him famous (Commentaire litt?ral, 23 vols., Paris, 1707?16). Here he gives => definitions for hundreds of words and where to find them in Scripture. The text is printed double-column in roman and italic, with a few woodcut initials, headpieces, and an ornament on each of the two title-pages. Select entries from the dictionary are illustrated by => five foldout engraved maps and seventeen full-page engraved plates of places, apparatuses for religious rituals, numismata, dress, and musical instruments described in Scripture, many signed by Augsburg engraver Johann Gottfried Kolb, and one of the maps ascribed to A.P. Starckman. In addition to the engraved plates, there are various tables and charts in both volumes, including a genealogical table after Herod the Great in vol. I; and in vol. II, a chronological register of Hebrew high priests; a comprehensive chronology of general Bible history; a Jewish calendar; and an extensive index of Hebrew names. A => census of polyglot Bibles and literature on Scripture precedes the dictionary. Folio (33.7 cm, 13.3"). 2 vols. in 1. I: [6] ff., 499, [1] pp.; 10 plates. II: 503, [1] pp.; 12 plates. Graesse, II, 20n. See Brunet, I, 1495; and Vancil, pp. 44?45. Late 18th-century half calf over black and tan marbled boards, gilt title to rich cream leather spine label; all edges carmine; bumped at corners, joints (outside) abradedn, boards scuffed. First tome only of two. Ex-library: bookplate on front pastedown. Light offsetting from binding onto pastedowns and endpapers; light dampstaining on front free endpaper and half-title. Foxing in outer margin of most leaves and gutter of first three. Small stain in upper left quadrant of one page obscuring one word and waterstaining in lower gutter of seven pages in vol. II. => An indispensable reference. Bookseller Inventory # 30452

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Title: Dictionarium historicum, criticum, ...

Publisher: Sumptibus Philippi, ac Martini Veith, & Johannis fratris haeredum, Augustae Vindelicorum & Graecii [Augsburg, Germany, & Graz, Austria]

Publication Date: 1729

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