1678 · Frankfurt am Main:
by POOLE, Matthew (1624-1679).
Frankfurt am Main:: Balthasar Christopher Wust, 1678., 1678. Volumes I, II, & IV of V ONLY. Folio. [Vol. I]: [xii] pp., 2094 cols.; [Vol. II]: [iv] pp., 1906 cols.; [Vol. IV]: [iv] pp., 1542 cols. Engraved title-page vignettes, initials, and head and tail-pieces, Noah’s Ark woodcut (facing columns 85-86). Vol. I title-page in red and black. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum, 6 raised bands, holograph spine titles; lightly soiled, rubbed. Hartford Theological Foundation/Case Memorial Library bookplates. Very good. EARLY EDITION of Poole’s Synopsis, being his extensive biblical commentaries. "In 1669, Matthew Poole published his Synopsis criticorum aliorumque S. Scripturae interpretum, a wide-ranging synthesis of English and Continental biblical commentaries. Poole’s four large folio volumes [published as five for our edition] proceed verse by verse through the Bible, compiling copious glosses on virtually every verse from all sides of the era’s religious controversies" (Van der Laan, p. 63). "This learned critic and caustic finished, in ten years, a work that seemed sufficient to employ a much longer life than his own. It is entitled, "Synopsis Criticorum aliorumque S. Scripturae Interpretum," and is printed in five large volumes in folio. It contains not only an abridgement of the nine volumes of the "Critici Sacri," and various other expositors, but also extracts and abridgements of a great number of small treatises and pamphlets, which, though of considerable merit, would have been otherwise neglected or lost. The plan of it was judicious, and the execution more free from errors than seems consistent with so great a work, finished in so short a time, by one man. . . .His name was among those who were to be murdered by the Papists, according to the deposition of Titus Oates. In 1679, he retired to Amsterdam, where he died the same year, not without suspicion of being poisoned" (Granger, p. 65). Granger, James, A Biographical History of England, Vol. V, London: William Baynes and Son, 1824; Van der Laan, Sarah, "Waking Leucothea: An Unexplored Homeric Allusion in Paradise Lost," Their Maker’s Image: New Essays on John Milton, Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2011, 63-78 pp. See: Adriaan C. Neele, "The Catholicity of Post-Reformation Biblical Interpretation," Theologica Wratislaviensia, t. 7, 2012. Fulltitle: Synopsis Criticorum Aliorumque Sacrae Scripturae Interpretum et Commentatorum, summo Studio et Fide Adornata, Indicibus que necessariis instructa a Matthaeo Polo, Londinensi. Volumen I: Complectens Libros omnes a Genesi ad Jobum. Vol. II: Complectens Libros Jobi, Psalmorum, Proverbiorum, Ecclesiastis, & Cantici Canticorum. Vol. IV: Complectens Evangela & Acts Apostolorum. FULL TITLE: Synopsis Criticorum Aliorumque Sacrae Scripturae Interpretum et Commentatorum, summo Studio et Fide Adornata, Indicibus que necessariis instructa a Matthaeo Polo, Londinensi. . . Synopsis Criticorum Aliorumque Sacrae Scripturae Interpretum et Commentatorum, summo Studio et Fide Adornata, Indicibus que necessariis instructa a Matthaeo Polo, Londinensi. (Inventory #: LV2037)