De Dis Syris Syntagmata II: Adversaria Nempe de Numinibus Commentitiis in Veteri Instrumento Memoratis: Accedunt Fere Quae Sunt Reliqua Syrorum: Prisca Porro Arabum, Aegyptiorum, Persarum, Afrorum, Europaeorum Item Theologia, Subinde Illustratur. Additamentia & Indicibus copiosissimis locupletata, opera M. Andreae Byeri.
Price: $250.00 USD
Place Published: Amstelodami (Amsterdam)
Publisher: apud Lucam Bysterum.
Date Published: 1680.
Book Id: 308666
New Edition, greatly expanded, of a work first issued in 1617. Two volumes in one, small 12mo contemporary vellum. Preliminaries, 296, ; preliminaries, 352,  pp. Small woodcut and a folding chart in the Addendum, decorative initials and tailpieces. This copy lacks the engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved title page and printed title leaf (present here as reproductions only). Text in Latin and Greek, plus some Arabic and Hebrew in the Addendum. Vellum, rubbed, darkened, small stains. Ink signature on front endpaper. Pages crisp, lightly age toned.
¶ Later edition of a work first published in 1617. John Selden (1584-1654), the 'most learned person in England' in the seventeenth century, was a lawyer, an antiquarian, a member of Parliament, and the greatest expert of his day on British legal matters. De Dis Syris Syntagmata II is an analysis of the Pagan gods of the Hebrew bible, particularly the Syrian Gods. Considered to be one of the most important books of orientalism to have been published during the 17th century.