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JOSEPHUS. THE FAMOUS AND MEMORABLE WORKES OF JOSEPHUS A Man of Much Honor and Learning Among the Jewes.  Translated into English by Thomas Lodge. Printed in 1602. by Josephus; Thomas Lodge - First Edition - 1602 - from Merchants Rare Books (SKU: 5019)

JOSEPHUS. THE FAMOUS AND MEMORABLE WORKES OF JOSEPHUS A Man of Much Honor and Learning Among the Jewes. Translated into English by Thomas Lodge. Printed in 1602.

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JOSEPHUS. THE FAMOUS AND MEMORABLE WORKES OF JOSEPHUS A Man of Much Honor and Learning Among the Jewes. Translated into English by Thomas Lodge. Printed in 1602.

by Josephus; Thomas Lodge

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THE FAMOUS AND MEMORABLE WORKES OF JOSEPHUSA Man of Much Honor and Learning Among the Jewes. Translated into English by Thomas Lodge.Printed in 1602.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of Josephus.
The is the FIRST EDITION of Thomas Lodge's Josephus.Prior to this book, Josephus had never before been printed in English.
Full Title:The Famous and Memorable Workes of Josephus, A Man of Much Honor and Learning Among the Jewes. Faithfully Translated out of the Latin, and French, By Tho. Lodge, Doctor in Physick.
The second title page for: 'The Lamentable and Tragicall Historie of the Warres and Utter Ruine of the Jewes' is also present, and is also dated 1602.

Rebound in a full leather binding.This is a CAMBRIDGE STYLE binding, from the mid 20th century.This binding would have cost a significant amount of money.The colophon page is present, with marginal wear, and archival conservation to that page only.This book is textually complete.This book is in very good and highly presentable condition despite it's age.In poor condition and lacking pages, this book still retails for over $5000.00.Impossible to obtain in this condition.Rare.

TITLE PAGE: Printed by Peter Short at the Charges of G. Bishop, S. Waterson, P. Short, and Tho. Adams. 1602.(The Warres and Utter Ruine of the Jewes title page is also dated 1602.)
COLOPHON: Printed At London By Peter Short, dwelling On Bed-street hill, at the signe of the Starre. 1602.


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The first English Edition of Josephus was printed in 1602.

A controversial figure, Josephus remains undeniably important in history, literature and the arts. His historical works—The Jewish War, Antiquities of the Jews, Against Apion and his autobiography or Apologia— are "among the most valuable sources for the study of early Judaism and early Christianity" (Columbia University Press).
"Without [these writings] little would have been known of the history of the Second Temple nor would it have been possible to write such a history… In point of literary talent Josephus ranks among the leading writers in world literature. His style is epic, his portrayals plastic, his gift of description captivates the reader alike by its fidelity and its colorful presentation" (Encyclopedia Judaica).
Thomas Lodge, was the first to publish the writings of Josephus in English, in 1602.

The first printed Latin Edition edition of Josephus was published by Johann Schussler in Augsburg, printed in 1470. (The first printed book ever was the Gutenberg Bible printed in 1455.)

The first printed Greek Edition of Josephus was published by Frobenius and Episcopius (Basel, printed in 1544).

The first English translation, by Thomas Lodge, appeared in 1602, with subsequent editions appearing throughout the 17th century.

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The works of Josephus are major sources of our understanding of Jewish life and history during the first century.

(c. 75) War of the Jews, or The Jewish War, or Jewish Wars, or History of the Jewish War (commonly abbreviated JW, BJ or War) (c. 94) Antiquities of the Jews, or Jewish Antiquities, or Antiquities of the Jews/Jewish Archeology (frequently abbreviated AJ, AotJ or Ant. or Antiq.) (c. 97) Flavius Josephus Against Apion, or Against Apion, or Contra Apionem, or Against the Greeks, on the antiquity of the Jewish people (usually abbreviated CA) (c. 99) The Life of Flavius Josephus, or Autobiography of Flavius Josephus (abbreviated Life or Vita)


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Bookseller Inventory #
5019
Title
JOSEPHUS. THE FAMOUS AND MEMORABLE WORKES OF JOSEPHUS A Man of Much Honor and Learning Among the Jewes. Translated into English by Thomas Lodge. Printed in 1602.
Author
Josephus; Thomas Lodge
Format/binding
Recent Cambridge-style leather
Book condition
Used - Very Good
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Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Printed At London By Peter Short, dwelling On Bed-street hill, at the signe of the Starre. 1602.
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1602
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First Editions;
Size
Folio

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