The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of Every Nation of the World: Abridged from the Celebrated and... The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of Every Nation of the World: Abridged from the Celebrated and...

The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of Every Nation of the World: Abridged from the Celebrated and Splendid Work of Bernard Picart, Illustrated by Beautiful Engravings on Steel and Wood

Huish, Robert

Published by John Williams, London, 1828
Condition: fair Hardcover

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Quarto. [6], 956pp. Full cloth. All paper edges marbled. Additional engraved title page, dated 1826. Remarkable survey of the ritual and ceremonial life of all the known religions of the world. Abridged from Picart's "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde", this work, when published, broke with all the previous models. It presented religions, even those of the "idolatrous peoples" as even-handedly as possible. It argued for religious toleration by showing the ill effects of fanaticism, wherever it could be found, and by praising those religions, such as Islam, that offered toleration to others. At a time of widespread anti-Semitism, it offered one of the most sympathetic portraits then available of European Jewry. The first 215 pages dealing with Jewish customs and ceremonies contain 2 steel-plate engravings, one showing the synagogue during the Festival of Purim and the other one showing the synagogue during Yom Kippur. 11 in-text woodcuts. This book is magnificently illustrated with numerous in-text woodcuts and 28 full-page steel engravings (one missing: "Solemn High Mass"). Spine detached but present. Back cover partly detached. Covers age-toned. Previous owner's inscription on free front endpaper. Sporadic browning and foxing throughout. Binding in overall poor, interior in good to good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 31813

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Title: The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of ...

Publisher: John Williams, London

Publication Date: 1828

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fair

Edition: First edition.

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