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De Legibus Hebraeorum Ritualibus
et Earum Rationibus, Libri Quatuor.

In Two Volumes

By John Spencer

Edited by Leonard Chappelow and John Cantab

1727 - Canterbury - C. Crownfield, E. Jeffrey and W. Thurlbourn

14" by 9.5", (18), 635, 639-1232, (28)pp

 

 

DETAILS

A two volume revised edition of De Legibus Hebraeorum by John Spencer, edited by  Leonard Chappelow.

A good wide margined clean copy needing a little remedial work now to the original high quality binding.

Bound in leather with gilt lettering and blindstamped decoration.

Two volumes, complete.

John Spencer, 1630 1693 , was an English clergyman and scholar, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. An erudite theologian and Hebraist, he is now remembered as the author of De Legibus Hebraeorum, a pioneer work of comparative religion, advancing the controversial thesis that Judaism was not the earliest of mankinds religions. He was educated at the Kings School, Canterbury, and Corpus Christi, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. in 1648, M.A. in 1652, B.D. in 1659, and D.D. in 1665. He was chosen a fellow of his college about 1655. After taking holy orders he became a university preacher. In 1667 he was unanimously elected master of Corpus Christi College, a post he held for twenty-six years. He was admitted, on the presentation of the king, to the archdeaconry of Sudbury in the church of Norwich in 1677; and was instituted to the deanery of Ely in 1677.

"Benefaction and writing characterized the last decade of Spencer's life. In 16835 he issued at Cambridge the first edition of his great work De legibus Hebraeorum ritualibus et earum rationibus, comprising three books on the ritual laws of the Hebrews, and the reasons for them." In this work Spencer derived nearly all his data from classical writers of Greece and Rome, from the Christian Fathers, the works of Josephus, or from the Bible itself. (DNB)

Leonard Chappelow, 1683 1768, was an English clergyman and orientalist. He was Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge, from 1720, for life, and also Lord Almoner's Professorship of Arabic. Chappelow matriculated as a sizar at St John's College, Cambridge in 1709. After graduating M.A. in 1716, he was a Fellow from 1717 to 1731. Chappelow was ordained in 1716. His first publication, in 1727, was a new edition of John Spencer's De legibus Hebraeorum ritualibus, which he annotated and supplied with an index. (DNB)

CONDITION

The binding is generally tight and firm. The boards are held by the cords only, and could possibly detach during transit, even after careful packaging. There is wear to the extremities including bumping and rubbing, with slight loss to the leather. Internally the pages have very slight browning to the page edges, with the occasional spot, most prominent to the first and last few pages. There are nameplates and institutional ink stamps on the front pastedowns, and ink inscriptions on the front pastedown of volume 1. There is an ink signature on the title page of volume 1 and  the half title of volume 2. Overall the condition is very good.


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