Trajecti ad Rhenum (Utrecht): Apud Franciscum Halmam, 1692. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/4 x 6 1/4"). , 859, pp (Index). Contemporary full vellum, with handwritten title to spine. Additional engraved title by Dutch Golden Age painter and engraver Joseph Mulder (1658-1742) after a painting by Dutch Baroque era painter Gerard Hoet (1648-1733). Title vignette. Decorative initials and tailpieces.
Scarce first edition of Hermann Witsius' compendium of religious works illustrated with eight full-page engravings by Jan van den Aveelen, including four double-page. Six of these appear in the text on Jewish law and ritual ("de Tabernaculi Levitici mysteriis"), and one includes an overflap showing the Ark of the Covenant.
Age-toning to binding. Ex-library sticker at head of spine, and stamp on free front endpaper. Previous owner's gift inscription dated 1830 on fly leaf. Clear water-staining along fore-edge of the first two leaves, of Dedication, then sporadically along fore-edge of a few pages throughout 9not affecting lettering). Both hinges slightly starting. Sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin with some Hebrew and Greek. Binding in overall good- to good, interior in good- to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43176
About the author: Hermann Witsius (1636-1708) was "Professor of Divinity in the Universities of Franeker, Utrecht, and Leyden. A brilliant and devout student, he was fluent in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew by the age of 15, when he entered the University of Utrecht. He was ordained at 21 and served in several pastorates, filling both the pulpit and the academic chair over the course of his life" (Encyclopedia Britannica).