BIBLE. Greek. H KAINH' DIATH'KH. Novum Testamentum. Post priores Steph. Curcellaei, tum & DD. Oxoniensium labors. Amsterdam: Heinrich Wetstein, 1711.
8vo., (5 7/8 x 3 6/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece, 2 folding engraved plates of the City and Temple of Jerusalem by John Lightfoot, and a folding engraved map of the Holy Land. FINE contemporary binding of black morocco, each cover decorated with small gilt tools, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands, all edges gilt, FINE Dutch endpapers elaborately decorated in green and gold (just a bit rubbed).
Provenance: 18th-century ownership inscription of John Rowntree, rector of Elton in county Durham on the title-page; with the engraved bookplate of Joseph Frank on the front paste-down; 20th-century ownership inscription of Britt Engrall on the front paste-down.
AN EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE COPY of the four gospels in Greek, bound without the Acts-Revelations. Edited by de Gerhard von Mastricht ("G.D.T.M.D" i.e. Gerhardus de Trajecto Mosae doctor) and based on the editions of Etienne de Corcelles and particularly of John Fell (1625-1686), bishop of Oxford, of 1675. This is the second New Testament to be published by Heinrich Wetstein, his first appearing in 1698 edited by Johann Leusden.
From the library Joseph Frank, nephew and adopted son and heir, and literary executor of Joseph Ritson (1752-1803) local county Durham radical ". in 1778 he published a broadside entitled 'The Descent of the Crown of England' which referred to the revolution of 1688 as 'a proceeding as replete with treachery, inhumanity, and injustice, as ever disgraced the annals of a civilized country' (Bronson, 1.57). His Jacobitism was not so much a sign of his devotion to the Stuart dynasty as it was of his distaste for the present state of political affairs, and in particular of his intense dislike of George III. It is not therefore surprising that in later years his political beliefs would evolve into a fierce Jacobinism and support for the democratic principles of the French Revolution" (DNB), a cause also espoused by his nephew Frank whose bookplate reads "Libero I nacqui e vissi e morro sciolto" - "I was born free, I will live and die free" (a quotation from Canot V of Tasso's "Gerusalemme Liberata"). Darlow & Moule 4728.