Observations on divers Passages of Scripture. by HARMER, Thomas (1714-1788).

HARMER, Thomas (1714-1788).

Observations on divers Passages of Scripture. Placing many of them in a Light altogether new; Ascertaining the Meaning of several not determinable by the Methods commonly made use of by the Learned; Proposing to Consideration probable Conjectures on others, different from what have been hitherto recommended to the Attention of the Curious; And more amply illustrating the Rest than has been yet done, by Means of Circumstances incidentally mentioned in books of voyages and travels into the east: In Two Volumes. Vol. I, relating to I. The Weather of Judæa. II. Their Living in Tents there. III. It’s Houses and Cities. IV. The Diet of it’s Inhabitants, &c. V. Their Manner of Travelling. [Vol. II, relating to VI. The Eastern Methods of doing Persons Honour. VII. Their Books. VIII. The Natural, Civil, and Military State of Judæa, IX. Ægypt, X Miscellaneousw Matters.] The second edition, corrected with care, and enlarged with many new Observations: Numbers of them taken from some MS. papers of the celebrated Sir John Chardin. London, J. Johnson, 1776 [-1787].

Second Edition of Vols. I & II; First Edition of Vols. III & IV. Four uniform volumes, 8vo (208 x 118 mm), pp. xx, 483, [1]; [ii], 557, [3]; [ii], 463; lxvi, [2] blank, 552, some spotting and browning in text, in contemporary full calf, a little worn, flat spines ruled in gilt, red morocco labels lettered in gilt with small green labels numbered in gilt, with the ownership stamp of ‘James Weston, April 20, 1785’ and ‘J. Weston 1795’.

The expanded second edition of this scholarly tour de force, a classic of Eastern travel and history writing which first appeared in two volumes in 1774. This edition has a preface in Vol. I giving details of the additional material included, particularly that taken from the manuscripts of Sir John Chardin. The second and third volumes were published in 1787 as a supplement and are here in the first edition. This second part contains information on weather, diet and housing, whether in tents, houses or cities. Harmer, an expert in the study of antiquities and Oriental literature, was also a pastor in Suffolk and used his interest in the east to illustrate prophetic and evangelist writings. This was a very popular work which saw several editions in Harmer’s lifetime.

ESTC t142219 & t142218.

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