Lot 1362: Thomas Godwyn MOSES AND AARON 1634 Antique English Theology Judaica Hebrew History & Customs
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Moses and Aaron. Civil and Ecclesiastical Rites, Used by the Ancient Hebrewes; Observed, and at Large Opened, for the Clearing of Many Obscure Texts Thorowout the Whole Scripture. Which Texts are Now Added in the End of the Book. Herein Likewise Is Shewed What Customs the Hebrewes Borrowed from Heathen People: and That Many Heathenish Customes, Originally Have Beene Unwarrantable Imitations of the Hebrewes.
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 John Haviland
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 300 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: This antique quarter-leather volume with marbled paper covers is solidly bound, with stamped gilt lettering on the spine. There is moderate to heavy rubbing and toning to the exterior. There are bookplates and stamps from former owners on the front pastedown,as well as an owner's inscription in the upper margin of the title page. The pages show moderate age toning and foxing.
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