Josephus (b. A.D. 37) provides one of the very few non-biblical sources of Jewish history. This scholarly Cologne edition, in handsome => folio, offers a complete compilation of his works presented in the original Greek with Latin translation side-by-side on each page. The volume begins with the Antiquities of the Jews, translated into Latin and edited by Sigmund Gelen (1497?1554), who also offers a biography of Josephus, based on his works, and the Against Apion. The Jewish War appears as translated and edited by Rufinus of Aquileia (A.D. 345?410), and Josephus's history of the Maccabean Rebellion is translated and edited by => Erasmus of Rotterdam. In the five-part appendix are the Aristeas de LXX Interpretibus in Greek and Latin, translated into the latter by Matthias Garbatius; Ad Epitomen Ariste?; a variorum of Book VII of the Jewish War and the Maccabean Rebellion based on the manuscripts in the Leipzig collection; a Latin version of the Libelli de Maccab?is by Francisco Combesis; and fragments from the p e r i p a n t a V , ascribed to Josephus, edited by David Hoeschel based upon the work of Stephan le Moyne. Sidenotes refer the reader to important historical details and parallel biblical passages. This edition was compiled from manuscripts in the Palatine library and is a revised and improved version of the Geneva edition of 1591. According to Dibdin, Thomas Ittigus, the editor, was "a man sufficiently conversant in Jewish antiquities, and an able reviewer of the MSS. and previous editions of his author." As far as Dibdin was concerned, this more than made up for imperfections in type and in paper quality (the paper is strong but inclined to browning). The title-page is handsomely printed in red and black, with engraved printer's device; there is a scattering of ornamental initials and head- and tailpieces. Folio. 38 ff., 1102 pp., 4 ff., 68 pp., 13 ff. Dibdin, Introduction to the Greek and Latin Classics, II, 131; Schweiger, I, 177. Full vellum over boards. Round spine with author's name and "Opera" in sepia ink at top. Inked personal ownership inscription on front fly-leaf; rather pleasing old library ownership stamp on verso of title-page. Lower corner of one leaf (H6) torn away without loss of text. Paper inclines to brown, as above, and there is the odd spot or underlining. => A substantial, significant volume. Bookseller Inventory # 2135
Title: [three lines in Greek, then] Flavii Josephi ...
Publisher: Sumptibus Mauritii Georgii Weidmanni
Publication Date: 1691
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