Francofurti (Francfort): Apud Thomam Fritsch, 1714. Second edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 3/4 x 8"). , 600pp; , 724, pp (Index). Contemporary full vellum with gilt lettered leather label to spine. Both title pages with an engraved vignette of a winged horse. Woodcut initials.
Second edition of Jean Le Clerc’s commentary on the New Testament, constituting a translation into Latin and supplement of Henry Hammond’s own notes.
“Le Clerc’s commentary had a great influence in breaking up traditional prejudices and showing the necessity for a more scientific inquiry into the origin and meaning of the biblical books. It was on all sides hotly attacked” (Encyclopedia Britannica 1911, Vol. 16, p. 355).
Some soiling and age-toning to binding. Gilt lettered leather label rubbed, thus affecting lettering. Sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin. Binding in overall good-, interior in good to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43146
About the authors:
- Jean Le Clerc, also Johannes Clericus (1657-1736), was a Swiss theologian and biblical scholar. He was famous for promoting exegesis, or critical interpretation of the Bible, and was a radical of his age. He parted with Calvinism over his interpretations and left Geneva for that reason.
- Henry Hammond (1605-1660) was an English churchman, who supported the Royalist cause during the English Civil War.