The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation by the …
The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation by the …
The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation by the …

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS. The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation by the late Rev. Robert Traill ... Edited, with Notes, by Isaac Taylor.

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FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS. The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation by the late Rev. Robert Traill ... Edited, with Notes, by Isaac Taylor. London, Houlston & Stoneman, and Dublin, Curry, Jun. & Co., 1851

Two volumes, royal 8vo. Original ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, ornaments in gilt and blind; pp. xii, 258, lxiv; iv, [xiii]-xvi, [v]-xi, 252, lxv-cxciii, [15, index], [3, list of plates]; 77 engraved plates of views, portraits and plans; expertly re-backed, retaining the original spine, inner hinges strengthened, minimal toning or spotting in places only, a very attractive set of this uncommon, highly illustrated and well-annotated edition.
Very uncommon first edition of Robert Trail's new translation, posthumously published, Edward Lear's copy with his name in ink on both title-pages, dated 1858. Robert Traill was an Irish clergyman in the Calvinistic-oriented Established Church of Ireland, who was praised for his relentless relief efforts during the Great Famine. He died in 1847 of 'famine fever' (typhus). His new translation was described by contemporary reviewers as the most accurate, and comprising all of Flavius Josephus' writings on the Jewish uprising against the Roman Empire.
Provenance: Lear spent the years 1854-6 in Corfu and Greece, returning to London in 1857. Later that year he visited Corfu, Egypt and Palestine, and for the winter went to Rome. It was during his stay there in 1858-9 that he would have purchased the present volumes.

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