Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Heiligdommen Godsdiensten, en Gewoontens Der Oude Jooden, Voorgesteldt in eene uytvoerige Verhandeling, van het Levitische Priesterdom. In Vyf Boeken. 2 Vols. (Customs, Services and Buildings of the Ancient Jews; 25 Full Page Engravings. Complete)

Amsterdam: Antoni Schoonenburg, en Nicolaas Ten Hoorn, 1726. First Dutch edition. Hardcover. Folio. Vol. 1: 15 leaves, 850 (10)pp., 19 plates, incl. frontispiece title, and Lundius portrait and tabernacle in forewords; Vol. 2: (1) 852 (11)pp., 6 plates. Original calf with gilt double ruling on covers and gilt lettering on spine, six raised bands. Speckled edges. Illustrated title page engraving. Title pages printed in red and black, both with engraved vignettes. Decorative initials and endpieces. Marginalia. In the forewords in volume one that of the editor contains a full page portrait engraving of Lund rendered by P. Houbraken, the author 's foreword contains a full page engraving of the plan of the tabernacle and its courtyard.

Important and often-referenced treatise on ancient Jewish rites and symbolism, the tabernacle, the temple, the high priests, the Levites and the services of the old Hebrews, written by the Lutheran pastor Johann Lund. The German edition was published posthumously in 1711 by Lund's son Thomas Lund. It is profusely illustrated with twenty-five full-page copper plate engravings, four of them folding, depicting the tabernacle, the Arc of the Convenant, the altar for sacrifices, sepulchers, the Temple of Solomon, copper cleansing vessels, the high priests and the Levites, the idol Moloch receiving human sacrifices, memorial charms for head and arms, various plans, e.g. the shape and arrangement of the bedsteads at the tabernacle, among others. In addition the work is illustrated with numerous in-text copper engravings showing various essentials used in ceremonies as well as ancient coins and line drawings of architectural details. Both volumes contain registers at rear.

Text in Dutch. Bindings with some wear along edges, scuffing and very light fraying at corners, front joint of volume one almost cracked, and quarter inch chip along head and tail of spine, volume two only at head. Rubbed. Bindings in overall good-, interior in very good, plates in near fine condition. g to near fine. Item #47666

Price: $750.00