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    Annotations Upon the Five Books of Moses

    H[enry] A[insworth]. Annotations upon the first book of Moses, called Genesis. Wherin the Hebrew words and sentences, are compared with, & explayned by the ancient Greek and Chaldee versions: but chiefly, by conference with the holy Scriptures. By H. A. [Bound together with his:] Annotations upon the second book of Moses, called Exodus. [And:] Annotations upon the third book of Moses, called Leviticus. [And:] Annotations upon the fourth book of Moses, called Numbers. [And:] Annotations upon the fifth book of Moses called Deuteronomie. [Amsterdam]: Imprinted [by Giles Thorp] in the yere 1616, 1617, 1618, 1619, 1619.
    First editions. Together five works bound in one volume. Quarto (8.625 x 6.375 inches; 224 x 163 mm.). [702] leaves. Signatures: [3 stars]4 [3 double daggers]2 A-Z4 Aa-Kk4 (Kk4 blank); A-Z4 Aa-Gg4 Hh2; A-Z4 Aa-Mm4; A-Z4 Aa-Qq4; A-Z4 Aa-Nn4 Oo2. Printer's name from STC. With the original Bible text in English.
    Contemporary Dutch vellum over boards. Lacking ties. Covers decoratively panelled in blind (once gilt?); spine ruled in blind (once gilt?) in compartments with four raised bands; edges stained dark red. Binding rubbed and worn, with some small areas of surface loss; small vellum repair at lower edge of rear cover; joints cracked; front cover held by a few cords. Some browning and occasional foxing; first and last few gatherings quite browned and chipped at the edges; intermittent mostly faint dampstaining in the outer margin, heavier in a few places; a few additional small marginal dampstains; a few scattered stains and ink smudges or smears. Small rust holes in G1, Cc3, and Ii1 in Genesis, and in V4 and X4 in Exodus, with loss of a few letters; a few additional rust holes or spots. Several leaves with mostly minor marginal tears or paper flaws. Slight vertical fold down the center of the last few gatherings. Overall, very good copies.
    Herbert 1622. ESTC S100469; S100470; S100471; S100474; and S100476. STC (2nd ed.) 210; 212; 214; 215; and 216.
    "Most influential among Ainsworth's numerous theological writings was his Annotations upon the five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Song of Songs, a work which was originally issued in parts. The first of these was entitled Annotations upon the first book of Moses called Genesis. Wherein the Hebrew words and sentences are compared with & explained by the ancient Greek and Chaldee versions: but chiefly by conference with the Holy Scriptures. This first appeared in the year 1616 and was reprinted in 1621. The same title, with slight variations, was used for his Annotations upon Exodus (1617), Leviticus (1618), Numbers (1619), Deuteronomy (1619) and Psalms (1612 and 1617). All these editions were printed in Amsterdam, though the title-pages indicated no pace of printing, a type of 'underground' publishing Ainsworth first employed to get his works circulated in England. In 1622 the first collected edition of the work appeared, wherein only Genesis and Exodus were included in new editions, the other three books being merely reprints. Finally in 1627 the works were again collected into a folio edition, printed in London by John Bellamie. It was in this volume that Ainsworth's Annotations on the Song of Songs first appeared. This book was reprinted without textural alteration in London by M. Parsons for John Bellamie in 1639. Ainsworth's Annotations include complete independent translations of each of the books, together with extensive commentaries. The several chapters of each book are separately treated, though the text is not set off in verses, as in the 1611 Bible. Verse numeration is, however, indicated by Marginal numbers. Each chapter is followed by the 'Annotations' which are both critical and exegetical, and is prefaced by analytical summaries as in the Authorized Version, though usually more extensively. The parashaim or fifty-four 'great sections' of the Torah are always indicated in the notes by the familiar Hebrew letter Pe thrice repeated. Each of the books of the Pentateuch is preceded by a brief summary and list of chapters. In the 1627 and 1639 collected editions the 'Table of some principall things observed' which follows the text and annotations includes at the end several lists of references of a purely grammatical nature, such as 'Overplus or redundancies of words which in other languages may be omitted' and 'Change or putting one word for another', though the actual cases of such recurrences in the text and notes would seem far to outnumber the few instances there cited" (Samuel A. Ives, "Henry Ainsworth, a Founding Father of Congregationalism and Pioneer Translator of the Bible").
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    H[enry] A[insworth]. Annotations upon the first book of Moses, called Genesis. Wherin the Hebrew words and sentences, are compared with, & explayned by the ancient Greek and Chaldee versions: but chiefly, by conference with the holy Scriptures. By H. A. [Amsterdam]: Imprinted [by Giles Thorp] in the yere 1616.

    First edition. Quarto. [138] leaves. Signatures: [3 stars]4 [3 double daggers]2 A-Z4 Aa-Kk4. With the original Bible text in English. ESTC S100469. STC (2nd ed.) 210.

    [Together with:]

    H[enry] A[insworth]. Annotations upon the second book of Moses, called Exodus. Wherin, by conferring the holy Scriptures, comparing the Chaldee and Greek versions, and other records of the Hebrewes: Moses his words, Lawes and Ordinances, are explained. By H. A. [Amsterdam]: Imprinted [by Giles Thorp] in the yere 1617.

    Quarto. [122] leaves. Signatures: A-Z4 Aa-Gg4 Hh2. With the original Bible text in English. With a final leaf of Biblical quotations. Variant: statement of responsibility reads: By Henry Ainsworth. ESTC S100470. STC (2nd ed.) 212.

    [And:]

    Henry Ainsworth. Annotations upon the third book of Moses, called Leviticus. Wherin, by conferring the holy Scriptures, by comparing the Greek and Chaldee versions, and moniments of the Hebrewes: the Sacrifices, and other legal ordinances heretofore co[m]manded of God, to the Church of Israel, are explained. By Henry Ainsworth. [Amsterdam]: Imprinted [by Giles Thorp] in the yere 1618.

    First edition. Quarto. [140] leaves. Signatures: A-Z4 Aa-Mm4. Printer's name from STC. With the original Bible text in English. ESTC S100471. STC (2nd ed.) 214.

    [And:]

    Henry Ainsworth. Annotations upon the fourth book of Moses, called Numbers. Wherein, by conference of the Scriptures, by comparing the Greek and Chaldee versions, and testimonies of Hebrew writers; the Lawes and Ordinances given of old unto Israel in this book, are explained. By Henry Ainsworth. [Amsterdam]: Imprinted [by Giles Thorp] in the yere 1619.

    First edition. Quarto. [156] leaves. Signatures: A-Z4 Aa-Qq4. Printer's name from STC. With the original Bible text in English. ESTC S100474. STC (2nd ed.) 215.

    [And:]

    Henry Ainsworth. Annotations upon the fifth book of Moses called Deuteronomie. Wherein, by conference of the Holy Scriptures, by comparing the Greek and Chaldee versions, and testimonies of Hebrew writers; the Histories, Lawes and Ordinances, which Moses (a litle [sic] before his death) repeated and enlarged unto Israel in this Book, are explained. By Henry Ainsworth. [Amsterdam]: Imprinted [by Giles Thorp] in the yere 1619.

    First edition. Quarto. [146] leaves. Signatures: A-Z4 Aa-Nn4 Oo2. With the original Bible text in English. With an index to the Pentateuch and an advertisement to the reader. Printer's name from STC. "A Table of some principall things observed in the Annotations on the five Bookes of Moses" (Kk1 verso-Ll4 verso). "An Advertisement to the Reader, touching some Objections made against the sinceritie of the Hebrew Text; and allegation of the Rabbins, in these former Annotations" (Mm1 recto). ESTC S100476. STC (2nd ed.) 216.



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