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The Scripture Chronology Demonstrated by Astronomical Calculations: and also by the Year of Jubilee, and the Sabbatical Year among the Jews: or, An Account of Time from the Creation of the World, to the Destruction of Jerusalem... Illustrated with a Great Variety of Tables, Maps, and Copper Plates. By Arthur Bedford, M.A. Rector of Newton St. Loe in the County of Somerset, and Chaplain to the Haberdashers-Hospital at Hoxton near London
London: Printed for James and John Knapton etc., 1730. Folio pp. Title, [2 list of subscribers], vi, [2], 774, [44], [4 index], [17 index and errata], [1 ads.]. Full 18th Century calf, rebacked and recornered with original spine laid on, gilt rule and blindstamping to boards and gilt rules, raised bands and title label to spine. Edges speckled red and plain endpapers. Title in red and black, woodcut head and tail-pieces, 18 (7 folding) plates of maps and plans of Solomon's Temple, and furthe illustations in the text. Some rubbing and wear to binding, internally very clean and fresh, with a good impression of the plates. Robert Raymond, 1st Baron Raymond's (1673-1733) copy, with his name and date of aquisition in ink to first blank. Small closed tear towards the middle of the last folding plate, within the image, but not particularly visible. Bedford wrote his chronology as an improved version (using more recently discovered astronomical findings) of Bishop Usher's famous work and also as a refutation of Isaac Newton's Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms; a very similar work which also deals in detail with Solomon's Temple, estimates and plans of which Bedford disagreed with. A fine example of Eighteenth Century printing and engraving.
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