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Synopsis Criticorum Aliorumque Sacrae Scripturae Interpretum et Commentatorum Summo Studio et Fide Adornata. In six volumes

By Matthew Poole

1684 - London - Johannis Ribbii, Johannis van de Water and Francisci Halma

16" by 10", viii, 1027; 2043; 2178; 1630; 2022, 51, 62; 2022, 51, 62

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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An incredible set of this controversial seventeenth-century synopsis and critical interpretation of biblical commentators, in Latin.

Featuring striking vignette titles with red and black text.

Index to the rear of Volumes IV part ii and V.

Complete in five volumes bound into six.

Matthew Poole [Pole](16241679) was a biblical commentator, who is known for authoring many controversialist publications. The great work of Poole's life was the Synopsis criticorum aliorumque sacrae scripturae interpretum, a synopsis of the critical labours of biblical commentators. He commenced his studies for the project in 1666, and took ten years to complete it. During this time he would rise at three or four in the morning, take a raw egg at eight or nine, and another at twelve, and continue at his studies until late in the afternoon. The prospectus for the Synopsis bore the names of eight bishops and five continental scholars, besides other divines. Simon Patrick, Tillotson, and Stillingfleet, with four laymen, acted as trustees of the funds raised by subscription for the project. A royal patent for the work was granted on 14 October 1667. Four thousand copies were printed, and sold relatively quickly. The work constituted an important compendium of biblical commentary and exegesis, condensing into brief notes a great deal of study. In April 1693 the work was placed on the Roman index. The Synopsis was originally produced in Latin for a scholarly audience; afterwards Poole began a smaller series of annotations in English for a broader, less educated readership. DNB

CONDITION

Recently rebound in quarter calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally, very smart with some shelfwear only. One slightly strained hinge, holding firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are remarkably bright considering the age of this set, and generally clean with occasional dusting to the first and last few pages of some volumes, a few tidemarks, and just the odd spot. There are a few tidemarks to the top margins of volumes I and IV part ii, not affecting the text. Very occasional chipping and closed tears to the margins of some pages. Volume IV part ii has an ink stamp of St Mary's Priory, London to the title. A wonderful set that has endured admirably the test of time. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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