1750 · Oxonii
Late as the date may seem for it, this is the first separate edition of the Hebrew Bible printed in England, preceded only by the printing of the text as part of the Walton Polyglot.
Editor Nathaniel Forster (1718–57), an accomplished scholar of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, has included (in the style of the table of contents) "Pentateuchus, Prophetae priores, Prophetae posteriores, Hagiographa"; the leaves following "Prophetae posteriores" are separately signed and printed "Vol. 2." Based on Van der Hoogh's version, the text is in Hebrew, with titles and chapter heads also in Latin.
There were two issues of this, a large paper issue and the common paper issue, of which this is one of the latter.
Unlike most 18th-century books printed at Oxford, this is scarce. ESTC locates only seven U.S. holding libraries (one of which has deaccessioned its copy) and WorldCat locates three additional library copies (one of which has also been deaccessioned). Of the eight reported copies still actually in libraries four are in the Northeast, two in California, one at Duke, and one in Ohio.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
ESTC T147721 (standard paper issue); Darlow & Moule 5151; Graesse, I, 385; Brunet, I, 859 Rumball-Petre 260. Full modern brown morocco plain style, round spine, raised bands, gilt ruling above and below each band . A few sequential lower margins with a spill stain, a bit of foxing and instances of the lightest possible old waterstaining at rear. Two library stamps (one on title, one in a blank area of an interior leaf), as above. => A very clean, crisp copy. (Inventory #: 36321)