Introductio ad lectionem linguarum orientalium: hebraicae, chaldaicae, samaritanae, syriacae, arabicae, persicae, aethiopicae, armenae, coptae. Consilium de earum studio soeliciter instuendo, & de libris quos in hunc finem sibi comparare debent studiosi ... Praemittitur praefatio, in qua de hisce linguis, de textuum, & versionum, quae in dictis Bibliis habentur, antiquitate, authoritate & usu, ... Editio secunda priori emendatior. London, Tho. Roycroft, 1655.
12mo. Pp. (vi), 3-96, 112, (3). In our copy the preface is bound before the introduction. Calf, spine with four raised bands and title label, faded. Bookplate. Old ownership signature "David Constable feb. 26.1855". Bokplate (W.S. Society).An abridged version of Walton's famous and important introduction to the London Polyglot Bible which was published in 1655-57 (in six large volumes), or rather a summary of Walton's comprehensive 'praefatio' about Oriental languages in general and on different Bible versions. The Oriental types for the Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and Samaritan characters are prepared by Roycroft. The Ethiopic types were apparently not yet finished, and are printed in woodcut. The Coptic and Armenian types were also printed in woodcut. "This little tract is really well written, and must have been very useful at the time it was published. It does not contain grammars of the different languages mentioned in the title, but only different alphabets, and directions how to read them. At the end of the exposition of the alphabet of each language, is a Specimen, in the proper character ... This little work is of considerable importance, as the harbinger of the inestimable Polyglott". (A. Clarke: A succint account of the Polyglott Bibles, Liverpool 1802, p. 46). Second edition, a reprint from the first published in 1654. De Sacy 2487. Lowndes 1898. Wing W658. Zenker BO ii, 1508.
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