London: Printed for J. Roberts... 1724-7. First English edition of Calmet’s Discours et dissertations sur tous les livres de l’Ancien Testament (1715). The translator is Nicholas Tindal. 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, 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, , 37-60, 24, , 61-97, , 25-68, , , 69-120, , 121-162, , -, 181, , -224, -328, viii pp. (The final viii pp. contain an additional title-page, dedication, preface, and a table of dissertations.) Collates 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 lists four complete copies, two in America (the Universities of Pennsylvania and Virginia). OCLC lists other copies with abbreviated collations, which leave their completeness in question.