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Rare Text of the Twelve Patriarchs
[GROSSETESTE, Robert.] The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, the Sons of Jacob: Translated out of Greek into Latine, by Rob. Grosthead, Sometime Bishop of Lincoln: and out of his Copy into French and Dutch by others, and now Englished. To the credit whereof, an ancient Greek Copy written in parchment is kept in the Universsity Library of Cambridge. [decorative woodcut] London, Printed by Andrew Clark, for the Company of Stationers, 1677.
Based on the 13th-Century translation into Latin from a Greek manuscript by Robert Grosseteste, Englished anonymously by A. Gilby. Prefac e to the Christian Reader signed Richard Day.
Second edition, a very close reprint of the 1638 first edition. Foolscap octavo; mostly Black Letter; A-K8. (D4 mis-signed B4.) Illustrated with woodcuts of Jacob and the Twelve Patriarchs, plus the decorative cut on title-page; 14 total.
Full mottled dark calf; plain, some wear and repair. Front free endpaper a later replacement. Some pentrials to pastedowns. Occasional minor stains. Overall, very good
Provenance: ex-libris Liber Bibliothecae Graham Pollard.
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Item # EB1011
Appraisal Value: $8,500
Sale Price: $3,995