WORKS OF JOSEPHUS. With great Diligence Revised and Amended, according to the Excellent French Translation of Monsieur Arnauld D’Andilly. Also the Embassy of PHILO JUDAEUS. To the Emperor Vaius Caligula. Never Translated before. With the Refernces of the Scripture, A New Map of the Holy Land and divers Copper Plates, serving the History.

(London: Printed for Abel Roper, and are to be sold by George Sawbridge., 1693).

VERY SCARCE EARLY PRINTING IN ENGLISH OF THE WORKS OF JOSEPHUS AND OF THE EMBASSY OF PHILO JUDAEUS. INCLUDING A LIFE OF JOSEPHUS, HIS HISTORY OF THE JEWS AND THE RELATION OF AN EMBASSY. ILLUSTRATED WITH FINE COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS AND A LARGE FOLDING MAP.
"Josephus was a learned Jew who lived in the latter half of the first century of our era. At Rome he early made a favorable impression on the imperial government. Returning to Jerusalem, he endeavored to dissuade his countrymen from their intended revolt against Roman authority; but, failing in his efforts, he joined the war party. He was made a general, and was intrusted with the defence of Galilee; but, after a desperate resistance, was betrayed to the Roman commander. Long held as a prisoner, he was present at the seige of Jerusalem. At the close of the war he went to Rome, was presented with the freedom of the city, an annual pension, and a house that had formerly been the residence of an imperial family. The remainder of his life he gave up to literary pursuites" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, p. 81). His works cover the entire history of the nation to the fall of Jerusalem. Item #31413

A handsome early printing of Josephus, the third, in English and the first of the Embassy of Philo Judaeus. Illustrated with a handsome engraved frontispiece of Josephus and fine copper plate engravings and with a large folding map. Folio, bound in antique paneled calf, the spine with raised bands ruled in blind, the compartments with central ornamental devices in blind, one compartment with red morocco label lettered and ruled in gilt. (6 ff.), 854, (34, Table of the Chapters and Table directing to the Bible ) pp. A handsome copy of this early folio edition, the spine panel sometime renewed to style, some wear to the lower corners of the binding and evidence of old damp to the edges of the lower quandrant of the text-block, a bit of offsetting from the calf to the lower edge of the preliminary leaves at the front and rear of the book, the evidence generally rather unobtrusive, the pages stil crisp and clean and unpressed, the binding with some evidence of the old damp at the lower edge and at the foot of the spine panel where some of the leather has worn away.

Price: $2,425.00