A massive 2 volume set of the
complete "New History of the Holy Bible from the beginning of the
World to the Eftablifhment of Chriftinaity. With Answers to moft of
the Controverted Queftions, Dissertations upon the moft remarkable
Passages, and a Connection of the Profane History all along, to
which are added Notes, explaining difficult Texts, rectifying
Mif-Tranflatons and reconciling feeming Contradictions, the whole
illuftrated with proper Maps and Sculptures, by the Reverend Thomas
Stackhouse, A.M. Vocar of Beenham in Berkfhire."
Both volumes have light brown covers
dry-printed with an attractive decoration and 6-raised bands spines.
Exquisite full page engraving throughout.
The great work of Thomas Stackhouse (1677-1752) was his 'New History
of the Holy Bible from the Beginning of the World to the
Establishment of Christianity,' which tradition says, being rather
too fond of a drink, he wrote in the 'Three Kings - Jack's Booth'
public house in Sulhamstead, just across the Kennet Valley from
Beenham. He brought it out in numbers and then published in two
folio volumes in 1737, with a dedication to his patron, Bishop
Gibson. The second edition came out in two folio volumes in 1742-4
[which are these 2 volumes!], and it was often reprinted, with
additional notes, by other divines. The work was illustrated with
many views, including the ark inside and outside, and the Tower of
Babel. The plate of the 'Witch of Endor' was the bugbear of the
childhood of Charles Lamb, and the quaint representation of the
'elephant and camel' peeping out from the ark, Lamb never forgot.
The illustrations were altered in the later editions. This work is
said by Orme to be wanting in originality and profundity, but it
states infidel objections with some power. Trusler compiled from it
in 1797 'A Compendium of Sacred History.'
Volume 1: pages 1-768 pp; Volume
2: pages 769-1650., followed by a chronology, an index and a table
of scripture passages explained.
This Bible is in a VERY GOOD (VG)
to EXCELLENT (E) and
DAILY USABLE condition. The
Bible's binding, spine and cover have been VERY professionally
(antiquarian quality) restored
and this Bible can be used without any concerns.
No writings, complete set of large folio books. Minor
wear for its age. Exceptionally clean (some typical browning/soiling)and
An exquisite set of History!