Selecta Sacra. Libri quinque. Cum Indicibus locupletissimis, & Tabulis Aeneis elegantissimis.
Amstelaedami, Apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1700. Small 4to. Engraved frontispiece, [32 lvs], 805 pp., [112 pp], and 13 engraved plates, also folding; some browning spots. Old ms. leaflet with list of plates inserted before first flyleaf. Good, complete copy. Contemp. vellum, somewhat soiled; spine with contemp. written title. Joh. Braun or Braunius (1628-1708) was professor of theology in Groningen since 1680. Of Coccejan and Cartesian inclination, he was convinced of the importance of jewish tradition, a thorough knowledge of which he had shown earlier in his De Vestitu Sacerdotum Hebraeorum. The 'Selecta Sacra' are divided in 5 books on a variety of subjects concerning Jewish and Egyptian cults. They provide an interesting reflection of Braun's lectures. A list of students and participants is given at the beginning of the work. Themes are Osiris and Serapis, the golden calf, the elegance of style of the Hebrew language in the Old Testament, the wisdom of the old Hebrews, the imposition of hands, the Delta of the Nile, etc. Two subjects were dealt with in extensive letters to Gisbert Cuper. The plates illustrate various deities and objects; the finely engraved titlepage is by J. Mulder after Ph. Tiedeman and includes a tiny but detailed map of the mediterranian region. Name of contemp. owner very neatly below publisher's address: 'Johanis Ephraim Scheibeli Vratislaviae' ; bookplate of H. Robertson, Cast. Huntingtoniense on first paste-down.
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