London: Printed for J. Roberts... 1724. First English edition of Calmet’s Discours et dissertations sur tous les livres de l’Ancien Testament (1715). Nicholas Tindal translated the present work. It was reprinted in 1727. Illustrated with three full-page copper engravings; copper-engraved initial letters, vignettes, and headpieces. Binding extremities a bit worn, minor soiling to rear board. Intermittent slight toning and minor dampstaining. Light worming to gutter margins of a few gatherings and tear to corner of pp. 117-118 (C1 in Num. X), not affecting text. A very good, tight copy. Contemporary paneled calf, skillfully rebacked with original spine laid down and red morocco spine label preserved. Thirteen parts in one volume (including two double parts for a total of fifteen dissertations), quarto. viii, 36, , [1, blank], 37-60, 24, [1, ad], [1, blank], , [1, blank], 61-97, , [1, blank], 25-68, [2, blank], , 69-120, , [1, blank], 121-162, , [1,blank], 163-183, , 182, , 183-224, [1, blank], 225-328, viii [an additional title-page, dedication, preface, and a table of dissertations] pp., complete. Item #16489
Augustin Calmet (1672-1757) was a Benedictine monk and a distinguished member of the Congregation of St. Vanne. He served as prior of Senones Abbey; Voltaire, who greatly admired him, visited the abbey on several occasions. Calmet’s bibliography is extensive and includes La Bible en Latin et en Français (1707-1716) and Commentaires sur l’Ancien et le Nouveau Testament (1707-1717, twenty-six volumes). In Antiquities, the subjects of the dissertations include the poetry and music of the ancients (the Hebrew people specifically), true and false miracles, and several theological points (Biblical authorship and Scriptural law and morality). Nicholas Tindal (1687-1774) is known for his thirteen-volume translation of Rapin’s History of England (1732), a major contribution to the development of British historiography.
ESTC records only the first part (36 pp.), of which it lists no copies in America. OCLC lists only copy with all thirteen parts in America, the Yale Copy.