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1847 3vol Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy Bible by Charles Taylor Signed Binding
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Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy Bible:

With the Biblical Fragments by the Late Charles Taylor

By Augustine Calmet

1847 - London - Henry G. Bohn

11" by 9"; (xx) (vii) 796pp., 923pp., (vii) 776pp.






A beautiful trio of Augustine Calmet's biblical dictionary.

Calmet (1757) was a French Benedictine monk and the "first prominent Catholic theologian [to abandon] the allegorical and mystical method of interpretation, and [undertake] to give the literal sense of the Bible word." (JE)

Calmet was also the author of numerous biblical reference texts, including Commentaire littéral sur tous les livres de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Testaments (A literal Commentary on all the Books of the Old and New Testaments) and Histoire de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Testament et des Juifs.

"The value of this book lies not so much in its exegesis as in the dissertations attached to it, which treat such topics as Hebrew poetry, music, weights and measures, medicine, marriage customs, burial customs, military organisation, circumcision, the Sanhedrin, and Hebrew schools and sects, and are, for his time, remarkably full and judicious." (JE)

With a frontispiece of Calmet to the first volume.

With the Latin bookplates of the wealthy Victorian banker John Naylor Leighton, who built Leighton Hall in Welshpool.

The first three volumes of a total of five, with the absent volumes being the second half of the fragments and a book of plates.

Bound by Clarke & Bedford.



Uniformly bound in full tree calf. Externally, generally smart with some scuffs but also lovely patina to boards. Some wear to extremities and raised bands of backstrip, occasionally resulting in slight loss to leather. Two joints starting. Internally, firmly bound. Occasional spots to first and last few pages, elsewhere very bright and clean indeed, especially for books this age.

Overall: VERY GOOD.

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