London: Rodwell and Martin, 1820. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. XXIV, 623, , XVI, 631, pp. Contemporary 3/4 burgundy morocco over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and ruling on spines. Raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Fold-out frontispiece plan of the Temple at Jerusalem. This rare "Antiquities of the Jews" is complete in two volumes, and was compiled mostly from Latin, French, and English sources, such as Arias Montano's "Aaron," Calmet's "Dictionary," Goodwin's "Moses and Aaron," Owen's "Exercitation on the Hebrews," Johannes Buxtorf's "De Synagoga Judaica," and Jacob Christian Basnage's "History and Religion of the Jews." The author borrowed much from Lightfoot's "Prospect of the Temple and Temple Services," but states in the preface of his work that he takes "a wider range than Dr. Lightfoot, who professes to despise rabbinical learning." The two-volume set is divided into 12 parts: The first volume, divided into seven parts, covers the following topics:
1) The Tabernacle described; 2) The Temple described; 3) The Ministers of the Temple; 4) The Service of the Temple; 5) The Three Great Festivals; 6) On the other Feasts and Fasts of the Jews; 7) The Synagogue.
The second volume covers the remaining five topics:
8) Jewish Idolatry, Sects, and Proselytes; 9) Learning of the Jews; 10) Laws of the Jews, and their Sanctions; 11) Customs of the Jews; 12) Judea, its Limits, Capital, Climate, and Agriculture.
Moderate rubbing along edges of binding. Frontispiece partly repaired at verso with non abrasive tape (non affecting the image). Heavy to moderate foxing to frontispiece, very first, and very last pages. Sporadic foxing throughout. Binding in overall good+, interior in good to good+ condition. g to g+. Item #39362
About the author: "William Brown (1766-1835) was a Scottish clergyman. He was licensed by the presbytery of Stirling in 1791, was minister to the parish of Eskdalemuir Scotland, presented by Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, and served from 1792 to 1835." (From Wikipedia).