Londini (London): Excudebat Samuel Roycroft, impensis Georgij Sawbridge, 1680. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 3/4"). , 1328pp. Contemporary blind-tooled full vellum, with handwritten title to spine. Raised bands. Text printed within a ruled border in two columns.
First edition of William Robertson's "Thesaurus linguae sanctae," a "concordantial Hebrew lexicon, in which all the Hebrew dictionaries hitherto published are methodically and succinctly comprehended ; together with a complete concordance of every Hebrew word in the Hebrew Bible (and the places of the text wherein the Hebrew words do occur), grammatically resolved under their proper roots" (from the author).
Binding age-toned, partly soiled, with some abrasion to vellum. Ex-library sticker on spine, bookplate on inside of front cover, and stamp at lower margin of title page (not affecting lettering). Fore-edge of the first four leaves (including title) partly creased, with sporadic closed tears (not affecting lettering). Text in Latin with some Hebrew. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good to very good condition. f to vg. Item #43200
About the author: William Robertson (active between 1650 and 1680) was a Scottish Hebraist. He was educated at Edinburgh University, taught Hebrew in London from 1653-1680, then in 1680 was appointed lecturer in Hebrew at Cambridge University. A graduate of Edinburgh, he is identified by Edgar Cardew Marchant in the Dictionary of National Biography as probably the William Robertson who was laureated by Duncan Forester in April 1645. From 1653 to 1680 he lived in the City of London and taught Hebrew. In 1680 he was appointed university teacher of Hebrew at Cambridge at a salary of £20 a year. Robertson believed Hebrew could be learned by ordinary people with a minimum of linguistic background. In the Interregnum he was supported by patrons such as John Sadler, William Steele and Lady Katherine Ranelagh, and was able to publish freely. In theology he followed David Dickson and Robert Douglas. After 1660 he had little support, and lost much of his version of the Hebrew New Testament of Elias Hutter in the Great Fire of London. (From Wikipedia).