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[He Kaine Diatheke]. Novum testamentum graecum editionis receptae cum lectionibus variantibus codicum MSS., editionum aliarum, versionum et patrum.
Amstelaedami: Ex officina Dommeriana Folio (33 cm, 12.0"). 2 vols. I: [8], 966, [6] pp.; 1 plt. II: 920, [5], 28, X pp.. 1751–52 First edition of Wettstein's great accomplishment: a groundbreaking critical edition of the Greek New Testament, here preceded by an expanded and corrected version of his previously published Prolegomena and followed by his edition of the Syriac text of the epistles of St. Clement I, the latter with Latin translation. Wettstein (or Wetsten), a scholar and member of a prominent Amsterdam family of printers, was accused, long before the work was actually published, of preparing an edition with Arian and Socinian heretical leanings; he spent much of the rest of his career attempting to clear himself of suspicion. He was the most prolific New Testament scholar of his day, and his system of identifying early manuscripts is the one still in use in critical editions — most of his proposed emendations have been confirmed by more recent scholarship. The title-pages here are printed in black and red, with copper-engraved vignettes done by Pieter Tanjé after Louis Fabricius Dubourg, the first contrasting the light of the Torah with the darkness of paganism, and the second portraying two classical figures, one gesturing towards a scene of destruction by flame and one towards lightning striking temples and statuary. Wood-engraved head- and tailpieces and occasional decorative capitals enhance the text throughout, and the first volume includes a useful copper-engraved plate showing the variant forms of Greek letters as found in the manuscript codices. The paper bears a "Maid of Dort" Pro Patria watermark, nicely executed, with a B beneath the design. Contemporary vellum, covers framed and panelled in blind with blind-tooled central medallion and corner fleurons, spines with neatly inked titles; vellum dust-soiled, front joints open, spines with paper shelving labels at heads and with vellum cracked/chipping, pulling away from spine. Front pastedowns each with 19th-century institutional bookplate and with inked and pencilled annotations; small inked numeral to lower margin of each first text page; half-titles, title-pages, plates, and several other pages bearing old-fashioned oval rubber-stamps. Mild to moderate foxing; a few lower corners creased and title-page of vol. II with lower outer corner torn away. Occasional early inked corrections in vol. I. => A solid, very usable copy of an important, imposing Greek N.T.
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