Amstelodami (Amsterdam: Johannis à Someren, 1679. First Latin language edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 3/4 x 8"). , 288, pp (Index) (Vol. 1); , 418, pp (Index) (Vol. 2). Original full vellum with handwritten title to spine. Main title in red and black lettering, with title vignette. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Edward Leigh. Both volumes have separate titles.
Originally published in English, in London in 1639 and 1641, Edward Leigh's magnum opus is divided into two parts:
- 1) "Critica Sacra : Observationes Philologicas & Theologicas In omnes Radices Veteris Testamenti" containing observations on all the radices, or primitive Hebrew words of the Old Testament in alphabetical order.
- 2) "Critica Sacra : Observationes Philologicas & Theologicas Observationes In omnes Graecas Voces Novi Testamenti" containing observations upon all the Greek words of the New Testament in alphabetical order.
This lexicon with its dictionary and index of Biblical words became the classic work and basis for future studies of language by experts such as William Gouge (who wrote the commendatory epistle in the first volume) and Thomas Fuller.
This 1679 edition is the first Latin translation by Henricus à Middoch.
Binding partly darkened, age-toned, with some abrasion to head and tail of spine. Contemporary previous owners' inscription at upper margin of front free endpaper. Lower corner of fly leaf chipped. Contemporary previous owner's name on main title (not affecting lettering). Ex-library stamp at lower margin of frontispiece (not affecting image). Sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in two columns in Latin, with some Hebrew and Greek. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good to good+ condition. g- to g+. Item #43160
About the author: Edward Leigh (1602-1671) was a versatile English lay writer, known particularly for his works on religious topics, and a politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1645 to 1648. He fought for the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War (From Wikipedia).