2 vols., folio, pp. [viii] 28 [xxviii] 982; [ii] 520, 481 [lxiii] + additional engraved title to vol. I, 2 numismatic plates, and 1 folding chart. Half-title to each volume, vol. I title-page in red and black, parallel Greek and Latin texts, woodcut initials. Sporadic small inkspots and scorches, a few certain leaves lightly toned suggesting occasional use of inferior paper but generally bright within. Contemporary tan calf, rebacked with heavily gilt spines retained, 2 brown morocco labels to each spine. Title labels cracking with small losses, occasional light marks and scratches, small loss to headcap vol. II, vol. I corners fraying with the lower 2 slightly bumped. A handsome set. To each volume’s front paste-down, the armorial bookplate of John Putland with ‘1730’ added in sepia ink. In addition vol. I has a tiny note, ‘2 vols. coll. & perf. FCB, Jany. 1848’, at the very top of the front paste-down, plus ‘2 vols. D.J.M.’ to ffep. The date of the collational note implies that these volumes were purchased at the five-day sale of John Putland’s library held by Charles Sharpe of Dublin in 1847, at which 1650 lots were auctioned on the instruction of Putland’s grandson George. John Putland (1709-1773) obtained his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College, Dublin in 1731 and became a Master of Divinity there in 1734, though he was never a minister. He was very active in the life of the city as member of the Spiritual Society, a patron of the arts investing particularly in theatres, and a Mason. He served as a magistrate in the 1740’s, and later as High Sheriff for the Country of Dublin.
Havercamp’s folio edition of Josephus, a monumental summing of the then-current state of Josephan scholarship. Dibdin reminds us that although not the most accurate edition, “this work contains the readings of two MSS contained in the Leyden library, and some observations of Vossius and Cocceus found in the margin of a copy of the editio princeps”. It also prints treatises on Josephus, including Daubuz on Josephus’s passages relating to Christ.
Author Josephus, Flavius: (Hudson, John; Havercamp, Sigebert, ed.:)
Publisher Amstelaedami, Lugd. Bat., Ultrajecti [Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht]: Apud R. & G. Wetstenios, Sam. Luchtmans, Jacobum Broedelet,