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Spencero, Ioanne (John Spencer)
De Legibus Hebraeorum Ritualibus et earum Rationibus. Libri Tres. Editio Tertia
Ioh. Frid. Zeitlerum, Leipzig, 1705. Quarto. [20], 1504, [82]pp. Original full vellum with black lettering on spine. Illustrated woodcut vignette on title-page. Decorative initials, head- and tailpieces. In his chief work, Spencer deserted the time-honoured paths traced by commentators, and 'may justly be said to have laid the foundations of the science of comparative religion. In its special subject, in spite of certain defects, it still remains by far the most important book on the religious antiquities of the Hebrews' (Robertson Smith, Religion of the Semites, 1894, Pref. p. vi). The remarkable nature of Spencer's achievement is enhanced when, it is remembered that oriental studies were then in their infancy, and that he was compelled to derive nearly all his data from classical writers of Greece and Rome, from the Christian fathers, the works of Josephus, or from the Bible itself. Spencer professed that his object was 'to clear the Deity from arbitrary and fantastic humour,' but it was inevitable that his orthodoxy should be questioned. Minor age wear on binding with lower corner of front board bumped, thus affecting very first pages.Some soiling and age-toning on covers. Spine slightly soiled. Contemporary annotation at back of front board and on front and back of fly leaf. Text in Latin with some Hebrew. Binding in overall very good, interior in near fine condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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