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Extensive work on Mosaic law, with a section on Arabian horses

MICHAELIS, Johann David.
Mosaïsch recht, of de ziel der wetten van Moses; ...
Including: Byvoegsels en verbeteringen op het Mosaïsch recht, ... achter aan eenige byzonderheden over de oudste geschiedenisse der paarden en stoeteryen in Palaestine en de nabuurige landen, in zonderheid Aegypten en Arabien.
Haarlem, Jan van Walré, 1781-1782 (parts 1-2); Jan Bosch, 1774-1776 (parts 3-6), 1778 (part 7). 7 parts in 3 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary, uniform half calf, gold-tooled spines.
€ 750
Complete set of the Dutch translation of an extensive work on Hebrew law and legislation, by the German theologian Johann David Michaelis (1717-1791). "In its six volumes Michaelis discussed Jewish public, private, international, and criminal law; analysed social norms (such as polygamy and revenge in the name of family honour); reviewed environmental and zoological phenomena; and observed agricultural and economic practices, from horse- and sheep breeding to international commerce. This work was not merely intended for philologists, orientalists, and theologians. Michaelis addressed it specifically to statesmen and civil servants interested in the evolution of legal systems" (Lifschitz). The appendices contain a section wholly devoted to Arabian horses and stud farms. Michaelis deals with Arabic breeds, the mixing of these breeds with English horses, the origin of horses (Michaelis places their origins very likely in Arabia), many Biblical passages that mention horses, and some early writers who wrote about Arabian horses.With some water stains. Bindings rubbed along the extremities, slightly damaged at the head and foot of spine, hinges partly cracked. Otherwise in good condition.[12] 346; [14], 464; [10], 259, [1 blank]; [8], 414, [2 blank]; [8], 342; [2], CXXXII, 322, [4]; [6], 210, [2] pp.A. Lifschitz, Language and enlightenment, pp. 109-118; STCN 186380593 (part 1-2), 151444323 (part 3-6), 15144482X (part 7).
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