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First Dutch edition of Flavius Joseph's works and of Basnage's continuation, with 300 illustrations, some by Jan Luyken

JOSEPHUS, Flavius.
Alle de werken.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1704. With richly engraved frontispiece, title-page with engraved oval portrait of Flavius Josephus, 2 folding engraved maps, 12 double-page engraved plates (1 with 4 illustrations), 3 plans of Jerusalem and its Temple, and 209 engraved illustrations in text.
With: (2) BASNAGE DE BEAUVAL, Jacques. Vervolg op Flavius Josephus, ... Eerste[-Tweede] deel.
Amsterdam, Gerard Onder de Linden; Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1726-1727. With richly engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of the dedicatee, Egidius van Bempden, burgomaster of Amsterdam, engraved dedication plate with Van Bempden's arms at the head of an architectural frame, engraved portrait of Basnage, 4 folding letterpress genealogical and other tables, 1 engraved illustration plate, and 90 engraved illustrations in text. 2 works in 3 volumes, bound as 2. Folio. Uniform contemporary blind-tooled vellum, each board with a large scrollwork centrepiece and 4 cornerpieces in a double frame of fillets.
€ 3,900
First Dutch edition of all the works on Jewish history by the famous classical Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. They were translated from the latest critical French edition by Arnauld d'Andilly. Though this volume was intended to stand on its own, the French Protestant minister Jacob Basnage, who had moved to the Netherlands in 1684 in anticipation of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, decided to publish the present continuation, carrying the history on to his own time, which grew larger. The present edition is the first complete (in fact the first extensive) Dutch edition, in folio format designed to match the 1706 Dutch edition of Flavius Josephus. The two works therefore form a coherent whole.
The illustrations in the first work include 127 designed and engraved by the celebrated Dutch artist Jan Luyken, 99 specially made for the present edition and the others first used in Mortier's Bible, published a year before. Especially in the homes of the strict Calvinists, works on Jewish history were very popular and much read and studied. With occasional leaves in the second work foxed or browned, but otherwise in very good condition.[40], 782, [30], 113, [11]; [44], 658, [14], 659-1940 pp.V. Eeghen & V.d. Kellen 396 (first work only); Klaversma & Hannema 132 & 747.
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