London:: Tho. Roycroft, 1672.. Small folio. , 626, , [1 blank] pp. Pages 169, 172, 418, 419 & 425-436 respectively misnumbered 171, 170, 416, 413 & 427-438. Title-vignette, woodcut head-piece and initial, corrigenda, index, all edges marbled; small hole in final index page. Original quarter sheepskin over marbled paper-backed boards; spine head torn, extremities rubbed. Ink holograph inscription inside free front end-paper, �Ces ouvrage est � les Bibliographies de 12f a 20f.� Very good (noting spine damage). RARE. FIRST EDITION. The noted linguist and theologian, William Wotton, describes this book as �the first book to make Egyptology intelligible.� Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609) was one of the pioneers in critical chronology, here Marsham follows his lead and establishes the best early assessment of ancient Egyptian chronology. Stroumsa offers, �Marsham, perhaps the best-known representative of this discipline (of chronology), discovered that both classical Greece and biblical Israel were younger than other civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East, in particular Egypt.� � �A learned work, which was written to influence the belief that all the Jewish rights were of Jewish origin. Witsius in his Aegyptiaca controverts this opinion� (Jones & Anderson Galleries, p. 48). � Marsham �was an English antiquary known as a writer on chronology. He was also a chancery clerk and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1661� (Wikip.). REFERENCES: ESTC, R217813; Wing M-810a. See: Donald R. Kelley, David Harris Sacks (eds.). The Historical Imagination in Early Modern Britain: History, Rhetoric, and Fiction, 1500-1800, (1997), p. 23; Jones, Herschel Vespasian & Anderson Galleries, Catalogue of the Library of Herschel V. Jones, New York: Anderson Galleries, 1918; Guy G. Stroumsa, A New Science: The Discovery of Religion in the Age of Reason, (2010), pp. 52, 82. WorldCat: 4 copies. EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY. (Inventory #: LV2129)
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