1724 Origins of HEBREW and ARABIC Early PHILOLOGY in Latin TWO VOLUMES First Printings
ORIGINES HEBRAEAE SIVE HEBRAEAE LINGUAE Antiquissima Natura et Indoles, ex Arabiae Penetralibus Revocata AB Alberto Schultens. Libri Primi / TOMUS PRIMUS. FRANEQUERAE (Franeker, The Netherlands): Henricus Halma, MDCCXXIV (1724). First Edition.
ORIGINUM HEBRAEARUM TOMUS SECUNDUS. Cum Vindiciis Tomi Primi, cum Nec Non Libri de Defectibus Hodiernis Linguae Hebraeae, etc.. AB Alberto Schultens. LUGDUNI BATAVORUM: Samuelem Luchtmans, 1738. First Edition.
RARE FIRST PRINTINGS, 1724 and 1738, of this two volume study of the Hebrew and Arabic Languages. The author, Albert Schultens, b.1686 d.1750, was a Dutch philologist. He was Professor of Oriental Languages at Leyden from 1732 until his death.
Two Volumes. Vellum covered boards, 6x8 inches.
PAGINATION Tomus Primus: , 372, 54, . (DETAILED PAGINATION Tomus Primus:  title-page, Dedicatio, Praefatio; 372 text; 54 Oratio Inauguralis de Fontibus ex Quibus etc.;  Index; plus blank front and rear endpapers.)
PAGINATION Tomus Secundus: , 206, , 264, , 29, , 28. (DETAILED PAGINATION Tomus Secundus:  title-page, Praefatio; 206 text;  title-page to second section of this volume; 264 text;  Index; (bound together with Oratio Prima de Linguae Arabicae, 1729) 29 title-page and text; (and bound together with Oratio Altera de Linguae Arabicae, 1732)  title-page and prelim pages; 28 text, plus blank front and rear endpapers.)
CONDITION: The vellum covers are soiled, rubbed, toned, cracking at the folds, and the rear cover and spine of Tomus Primus are almost completely disbound just holding on with a few threads; there are shelving numbers on the spine of each volume but no other library markings; the inner text block has split at a number of places which if given a good tug could break the book into sections, a few signatures are just holding on, a couple leaves are disbound but present (laid in loose); the blank endpapers are chipped, worn and foxed. However, the text pages are complete, bright and clear, with only some scattered foxing. This two volume set is more than deserving of binding repair.
SCARCE and important two volume work that is almost never seen in its 1724 and 1738 first printings. These are the only editions of this work published in Schultens lifetime.
About ALBERT SCHULTENS (from Wikipedia):
******Albert Schultens, b.1686 d.1750, was a Dutch philologist. He went to the University of Leiden, specializing in Hebrew and the cognate tongues. His thesis Dissertatio theologico-philologica de utilitate linguae Arabicae in interpretenda sacra lingua ("The Use of Arabic in the Interpretation of Scripture") appeared in 1706. He accepted the Hebrew chair at Franeker in 1713. He held this position until 1729, when he was transferred to Leiden and became professor of Oriental languages. During his lifetime Schultens was the main teacher of the Arabic language in
Europe. In some sense, he revived Arabic studies. Most theologians at the time considered Hebrew a sacred language in which comparative philology would be of no importance.
Schultens' principal works were "Institutiones ad Fundumenta Linguæ Hebraicæ" (1737); "ORIGINES HEBRAEAE" (2 volumes., 1724, 1738), a second edition of which appeared in 1761******
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