Two Dissertations: The First on the Tree of Life in Paradise, with some Observations on the Creation and Fall of Man; The Second on the Oblations of Cain and Abel.
by Kennicott, Benjamin.
Oxford: Printed at the Theatre for the Author... MDCCXLVII . Small 4to, viii, (2), 239, (2), 240-254 pp. Contemporary speckled calf, backstrip with four raised bands, red label, and floral gilt stamps. Calf lightly worn, upper hinge weak, corners bumped, internally bright and crisp. Armorial bookplate of Putt, who has also written his name and college (Balliol, Oxford) dated 1747 on front free endpaper. Manuscript note on title page records that Kennicot is in 1748 “now a Fellow of Exeter College”. Only edition, one of Kennicott’s earliest works, published while he was still an undergraduate at Wadham College. Benjamin Kennicott (1718-1783) rose from humble origins to become a biblical scholar renowned across Europe. His chief pursuit was the collation of Hebrew manuscripts in an attempt to produce “a definitive original text of the Old Testament” (DNB), culminating in the publication of his Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum cum variis lectionibus in 1776 and 1780. In later life he was Radcliffe Librarian and a Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. ESTC T52059. (Inventory #: 105517)
Bibles, theology and religion, Bindings, Early & Fine Printing, Illustrated Books, William Blake & His Circle, Illuminated Manuscripts, Private Press Books, T.F. Dibdin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Children's Books 1600-1950
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