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    Seventeenth Century Commentaries on Michah,
    Malachi, and Hosea

    Edward Pococke [and Edward Bernard.] A Commentary In The Prophecy Of Micah. [bound with:] A Commentary On The Prophecy of Malachi. [together with:] A Commentary On The Prophecy of Hosea. [contains:] "A letter of Dr. Edward Bernard professor of astronomy in Oxford to Dr. Edward Pocock ..." Oxford: At the Theatre, 1677 and 1685. First editions. Folios. Two volumes containing three works. Micah: *-2*4, Aa-Oo4. Malachi: *2, 6A-6O4, 6P2. [6N2-6P2 bound out-of-order]. Hosea: (*) [*1 imprimatur bound at end], A-Z 2A-2Z 3A-3Z 4A-4Z 5A-5K 5L-5M (a)-(h) . [16], 110, [2]; [4], 109, [6], [1]; [8], 816 (misnumbered 716), [7], [1], [30] pages. Engraved vignette of Oxford Theatre on title pages, engraved chart on (h)2 of Hosea. Some use of Hebrew and Arabic fonts. Micah/Malachi bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine banded, rubbed, scratched, lightly soiled, front hinge cracked at ends, marbled edges, border stains on endpapers, minor paper loss in lower right corner of rear free endpaper, hole repairs in both title pages (minor losses), title pages soiled, text clean. Hosea in handsome contemporary patterned calf with blind rules, rubbed, lightly scratched, small divot in front board, spine banded, edges speckled in colors, border stains on endpapers, occasional underlines, fine clean, crisp copy. Both volumes have presentation inscriptions on front free endpapers to Eric von Roland (1675-1754) diplomat from Johann Ihre (1707-1780) prominent Swedish humanist and philologist dated February 2, 1736 with von Roland's signatures on title pages. Overall both in very good condition. Micah: Wing P2663. Madan III,3157. ESTC r8469. Malachi: Wing P2661A. Madan III, 3158. ESTC r216989. Hosea: Wing P2660. ESTC r30110. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Edward Pococke [and Edward Bernard.] A Commentary In The Prophecy Of Micah. [bound with:] A Commentary On The Prophecy of Malachi. [together with:] A Commentary On The Prophecy of Hosea. [contains:] "A letter of Dr. Edward Bernard professor of astronomy in Oxford to Dr. Edward Pocock ..." Oxford: At the Theatre, 1677 and 1685.

    First editions. Folios. Two volumes containing three works. Micah: *-2*4, Aa-Oo4. Malachi: *2, 6A-6O4, 6P2. [6N2-6P2 bound out-of-order]. Hosea: (*)  [*1 imprimatur bound at end], A-Z  2A-2Z  3A-3Z  4A-4Z  5A-5K  5L-5M  (a)-(h) . [16], 110, [2]; [4], 109, [6], [1]; [8], 816 (misnumbered 716), [7], [1], [30] pages. Engraved vignette of Oxford Theatre on title pages, engraved chart on (h)2 of Hosea. Some use of Hebrew and Arabic fonts. Micah/Malachi bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine banded, rubbed, scratched, lightly soiled, front hinge cracked at ends, marbled edges, border stains on endpapers, minor paper loss in lower right corner of rear free endpaper, hole repairs in both title pages (minor losses), title pages soiled, text clean. Hosea in handsome contemporary patterned calf with blind rules, rubbed, lightly scratched, small divot in front board, spine banded, edges speckled in colors, border stains on endpapers, occasional underlines, fine clean, crisp copy. Both volumes have presentation inscriptions on front free endpapers to Eric von Roland (1675-1754) diplomat from Johann Ihre (1707-1780) prominent Swedish humanist and philologist dated February 2, 1736 with von Roland's signatures on title pages. Overall both in very good condition.               

    Edward Pococke (1604-1691), oriental scholar. "Pococke was the finest European Arabist of his time (only Golius could compare with him), and among the greatest of all time. He possessed not only a breadth and depth of learning astonishing in an age when most Arabic literature still had to be read in manuscript, but also a sympathy and understanding for Islamic culture almost unique in an intellectual climate in which suspicion and hatred for other sects and religions were the norm. His published work was long influential, and is still instructive. He was also an accomplished Hebraist, well read in rabbinical writings... He produced a series of commentaries on the minor prophets, beginning with Micah and Malachi in 1677, and ending with Joel in 1691, the year of his death. The commentaries were in English, but contain much oriental learning, with quotations in the original languages." -Oxford DNB.

    Edward Bernard (1638-1697), mathematician and Arabist. "Guided by Edward Pococke's lectures, he mastered Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and later Coptic; his personal library catalogue of 1658 already listed Arabic and Hebrew books (now Bodl. Oxf., Lat. misc. MS f.11, fols. 14-17). In 1661 he contributed Arabic verses to Epicedia Academica Oxoniensis on the death of Princess Mary, and Edmund Castell asked him to join in preparing the Lexicon Heptaglotton, which he declined. He then studied Hebrew privately with Isaac Abendana, and mathematics with John Wallis; after proceeding MA on 16 April 1662, he became college reader in mathematics in 1663...Pococke's Commentary on the Prophecy of Hosea (1685) included Bernard's substantial appendix on ancient weights and measures, which he corrected and enlarged as De mensuris et ponderibus antiquis (1688)."  -Oxford DNB.          

    This work was seemingly the first (and only) book to use Oxford's English Samaritan (cf. Hart 184) & Pica Coptic (Morison 161) types cut by de Walpergen. These are found in the final section: "A treatise by E. Bernard, Prof. of Astronomy at Oxford, on ancient weights and measures."          

    Micah: Wing P2663. Madan III,3157. ESTC r8469. Malachi: Wing P2661A. Madan III, 3158. ESTC r216989. Hosea: Wing P2660.  ESTC r30110.



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