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    John Taylor. The Hebrew Concordance, Adapted to the English Bible; Disposed after The Manner of Buxtorf. In Two Volumes. London: Printed by J. Waugh and W. Fenner; and sold by P. Vaillant, 1754-1757.

    First edition. Two large folio volumes in one (15.75 x 10.5 inches). [342]; [374] leaves. The list of subscribers for Volume I is inserted between B1 and B2 at the end of Volume II. Text in three columns. An engraved portrait by I. Houbraken after Heins (cut and inlaid to size) is inserted as frontispiece. Titles printed in red and black. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces and title-page ornaments.

    Contemporary polished calf (worn). Covers with single gilt fillet border. Marbled endpapers. Edges stained red. Unfortunately, the spine has perished (only a portion of one gilt compartment remains) and the covers are detached, but still held by four of the eight cords. The free endpapers and first and last few leaves are loose. Occasional light foxing, some very faint staining in the gutter margin, a few additional marginal stains. Volume I with lower corner of E2 strengthened and with neat paper repair in outer blank margin of R2. Neat early ink notes on the front flyleaf. Despite the failing condition of the binding, the text is generally crisp and relatively clean.

    In 1751, dissenting minister John Taylor (1694-1761) "issued proposals for publishing a Hebrew concordance, on which he had been engaged for more than thirteen years. The subscription list to the first volume (1754) contains the names of twenty-two English and fifteen Irish bishops, and the work is dedicated to the hierarchy. Based on Buxtorf and Noldius, the concordance is arranged to serve the purposes of a Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew lexicon. He employed no amanuensis, and his accuracy is equal to his industry. As a lexicographer he deserves praise for the first serious attempt to fix the primitive meaning of Hebrew roots and deduce thence the various uses of terms" (D.N.B.).

    ESTC T148434.


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