Quae in hoc volumine continentur haec sunt: periocha viginti libror[um] antiquitatis judaicae… periocha altera librorum septem de bello Judaico… defensio ipsius historiae de antiq[ui]tate judaica adversus Appionem… accedit Egisippi de bello similiter Iudaico…. Titus Flavius JOSEPHUS.
Quae in hoc volumine continentur haec sunt: periocha viginti libror[um] antiquitatis judaicae… periocha altera librorum septem de bello Judaico… defensio ipsius historiae de antiq[ui]tate judaica adversus Appionem… accedit Egisippi de bello similiter Iudaico…

Periocha viginti librorum Antiquitatis Iudaicae…
Quae in hoc volumine continentur haec sunt: periocha viginti libror[um] antiquitatis judaicae… periocha altera librorum septem de bello Judaico… defensio ipsius historiae de antiq[ui]tate judaica adversus Appionem… accedit Egisippi de bello similiter Iudaico…

Mediolani (Milan): A. Minutianus, 1513-1514.

Two parts in one volume, folio; printed in roman letter, large and smaller initials historiated in red and blue, eighteenth-century English brown morocco, spine ornately panelled in gilt between raised bands, sides with inner and outer gilt borders.

The great history of the Jews: a beautiful copy in a lovely English binding

This handsome copy of the classic early Jewish history, in a fine eighteenth-century English binding, was originally in the library at Chatsworth.

This handsome copy of the classic early Jewish history, in a fine eighteenth-century English binding, was originally in the library at Chatsworth.
Josephus, the ancient Jewish writer of first century Palestine, fought at the head of Jewish forces in Galilee against the Romans during the First Jewish–Roman War, ultimately surrendering in 67 CE to Vespasian, becoming the emperor's slave and interpreter. After gaining his freedom he assumed the emperor's family name of Flavius. He became an important ambassador in the Roman world for the Jewish people and culture, particularly at a time of conflict and tension, going out of his way to explain and commend Judaism to educated Gentiles, and at the same time to insist on its compatibility with cultured Graeco-Roman thought. He constantly contended for the antiquity of Jewish culture, presenting its people as civilised, devout and philosophical.
His greatest work is his Antiquitates Judaicae (The Antiquities of the Jews) in which he recounts the history of the Jews from creation up until the revolt of AD 66-70, and includes contemporary references to Jesus, James (the 'brother' of Jesus), John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, Herod the Great, Agrippa I and Agrippa II, as well as the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Zealots. His De Bello Judaico (History of the Jewish War), another of the four works included here, gives a detailed account of the revolt of AD 66-70 and includes his famous description of the siege of Jerusalem. His works represent the only contemporaneous historical account to link the secular world of Rome and the religious heritage of the Bible, and also represent important literary source material for understanding the context of the Dead Sea Scrolls and late Temple Judaism.

Provenance: From the library of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth, with bookplate; early ms. ownership inscriptions on title page, "Pro Bernardo Buxfordio" and "Nunc Adolpho Closs" (the same combination of names appears on a 1494 Quintilian at Harvard (Walsh catalogue 2160) adding the location Bremen).

Adams, J-353; Hoffmann II, 448; David B. Levenson and Thomas R. Martin, The Place of the Early Printed Editions of Josephus's Antiquities and War (1470–1534) in the Latin Textual Tradition, Online Resource, 2016.

Price (AUD): $7,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504861

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