Lot 1034: Thomas Godwyn MOSES & AARON CIVIL & ECCLESIASTICAL RITES Antique Theology Old Testament Biblical History Roman Attick Antiquities
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Moses & Aaron: Civil and Ecclesiastical Rites, Used by the Ancient Hebrews; Observed, and at Large Opened, for the Clearing of Many Obscure Texts Thorowout the Whole Scripture. Which Texts are Now Added to the End of the Book. Wherein Likewise is Shewed What Customs the Hebrews Borrowed from Heathen People: and That Many Heathenish Customs, Originally, Have Been Unwarrantable Imitation of the Hebrews
Author: Thomas Godwyn - Thomas Godwyn D.D. was an English headmaster and scholar.
On leaving the university Godwin was appointed chief master of Abingdon School, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), where he remained for several years(1608-25). While there he established an innovative scholarship for poor boys, the ‘Bennett boys’. Godwyn became the first fellow of the newly founded Pembroke College, Oxford (1624), became chaplain to the Bishop of Bath and Wells and rector of Brightwell, Berkshire (1626-43).
Godwyn was a voluminous writer, and about 1614 he published "Florilegium Phrasicon" and "Romanae Historiae Anthologia" (an English treatise on Roman antiquities), both for the use of Abingdon School. These were the only school text books on the subject for a century. He also wrote a "Synopsis of Hebrew Antiquities," and in 1625 "Moses and Aaron, or Civil and Ecclesiastical Rites Used by the Ancient Hebrews." In his preface to Roman Antiquities, Godwyn gives a picture of the difficulties of writing his book in the noisy surroundings of the school room. "If it fail to please, put it down to the whispered chatterings of the noisy boys amongst whom the work had its origin; but if approved ascribe it to the continuous questionings of the boys."
Publisher: Printed by Richard Hodgkinson
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 266/270/375 pages
Width: 6" Height: 7.5"
Condition / Notes: This volume contains three titles, each separately paginated, with their own title pages. The latter two titles are:
"Romane Historiae Athologia Recognita et Aucta. An English Exposition of the Roman Antiquities: Wherein Many Roman and English-Offices are Parallel'd, and Divers Obscure Phrases Explain'd" (London: Printed by J. C. for Peter Parker, 1671).
"Archaeologiae Atticae Libri Septem. Seven Books of the Attick Antiquities" (Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall for John Adams, and Edward Forrest, 1670).
This antique volume has a detached front board. The former library book is in black cloth ,with leather backstrip. The volume's exterior displays significant rubbing and chipping at the spine extremities. A star and number are visible at the foot of the spine, presumably a library marking. The text block is cracked. A library bookplate is present to the front paste-down. The interior of this volume displays toning, occasional insect damage, and scattered mild foxing. Some top page edges have been trimmed such that there is minor loss to headers.
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