Halae (Halle, Germany): Orphanotrophei (Orphanage)*, 1720. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/4 x 7"). , 1424pp (Vol. 1); , 1106, pp (Vol. 2); , 444, 1008pp (Vol. 3). Original full vellum with handwritten title to each spine. Title pages in red and black lettering. Title vignettes. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials.
First edition of Johann Heinrich Michaelis' large critical edition of the hagiographical books of the Old Testament.
The first volume contains Christian Benedikt Michaelis' commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon.
The second volume contains the author's commentary on the Targum of Job, the Five Megilloth, and the Song of Songs.
The third volume contains a commentary on the Book of Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
Binding of first volume age-toned and partly rippled on front cover. The other bindings are partly darkened and age-toned. Ex-library bookplate on inside of each front cover. Sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin with some Hebrew. Bindings in overall good- (Vol. 1) to good (Vols. 2 and 3), interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #43170
About the author: Johann Heinrich Michaelis (1668-1738) was a Protestant theologian and Orientalist at Halle where he was a key figure in Halle's founding generation of scholars in biblical, Oriental, and Slavic studies. A close associate of Francke, Michaelis was a Pietist who, like Francke, was deeply committed to biblical philology and the study of Hebrew (from Wikipedia).
* "Founded around 1700 by a group of German Lutherans known as Pietists, the Halle Orphanotrophei (Orphanage) became the institutional headquarters of a universal seminar that still stands largely intact today. It was the base of an educational, charitable, and scientific community and consisted of an elite school for the sons of noblemen; schools for the sons of artisans, soldiers, and preachers; a hospital; an apothecary; a bookshop; a botanical garden; and a cabinet of curiosity containing architectural models, naturalia, and scientific instruments. Yet, its reputation as a Pietist enclave inhabited largely by young people has prevented the organization from being taken seriously as a kind of scientific academy - even though, Kelly Joan Whitmer shows, this is precisely what it was." (For more information, see Kelly Joan Whitmer's "The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community: Observation, Eclecticism, and Pietism in the Early Enlightenment" (2015) published by The University of Chicago Press).