SPLENDIDLY BOUND HEBREW BIBLE, 1720: THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT A CRITICAL EDITION
HEBREW BIBLE. Biblia Hebraica, ex aliquot manuscriptis et compluribus impressis codicibus, item Masora… recensita… accedunt loca Scripturae parallela… brevesque adnotationes… eura ae studio D. Io. Heinr. Michaelis… Halae Magdeburgicae: Typis & sumtibus Orphanotrophei, 1720. Two volumes. Thick octavo, period-style full dark blue polished calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2900.
First edition of the first attempt at a critical edition of the Hebrew Bible, with engraved frontispiece and title vignette. Very handsomely bound.
J.H. Michaelis (1668-1738), the editor, used five manuscripts and 19 other editions, ultimately basing his text on Jablonski's 1699 Berlin edition, which itself was a collation of all the cardinal editions as well as manuscripts. This polyglot Bible in Hebrew has the notes surrounding text, preface, and title page in Latin. Title page in red and black. With errata list. Darlow & Moule 5144.
A beautifully bound copy of this splendid production in fine condition.