Amstelodami (Amsterdam): Excudit Gerardus Borstius, 1696. Second edition. Hardcover. Octavo (7 3/4 x 6"). , 492pp. Contemporary blind-stamped parchment, with handwritten title on spine. Additional engraved title by Joseph Mulder (1658-1742), a Dutch Golden Age printmaker, after an illustration by Jan Goeree. Engraved title vignette. Decorative headpieces, initials, and tailpiece.
Originally published in 1683, Herman Witsius's "Aegyptiaca" compares the religious rites of the Jews and the Egyptians. In this work, the Dutch theologian and professor of divinity (at Franeker, Utrecht, and Leiden) argues against the theory put forth by Sir John Marsham and by John Spencer that Jewish traditions were derived from Egyptian practices.
This second edition has been expanded from the first. [For more information, see Ibrahim-Hilmy, p. 339; Caillet 11462 - listing the 1683 and 1717 editions; Jouin - Bibl. occultiste 797; Brunet V, 1468 ].
Binding slightly darkened along edges. Previous owner's bookplate on inside of front cover. Text in Latin. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #42649