Title: The Works of Flavius Josephus. Translated into English.
Publication: London: printed for R. Sare, 1702.
Description: Folio, pp. , 1130 + additional engraved title-page and 4 further plates, 2 of which are folding maps. Many errors in pagination as usual, but collates complete. Preliminary blank has a few small holes near the gutter where it had seemingly been stuck to the engraved title, wormtrail to fore-edge margin pp.[iii]-18, some small losses and repairs to the folding maps, a few short closed marginal tears, ink blots and smudgy marks, final blanks a little crumpled. A scattering of marginal annotations. Slightly later tan sheep, red morocco spine label. Very rubbed and scratched, some short tears to endcaps, corners worn. A good, sound working copy. Signature of John Probyn of Monmouth to front paste-down; early ownership inscription to head of title-page, name trimmed off but ‘Collegii Universitatis/ apud Oxonium A.B./ 1705’ remaining; another mostly-trimmed inscription to the head of the title-page, dated 1702.
The first L'Estrange edition of Josephus, published when the translator was in his 80s (two years before his death) and reprinted a number of times in the subsequent decades. The book was the next major translation after Lodge, anticipating the boom in translations of Josephus which would follow in the 18th century (Whiston, Court, Clarke, Maynard, etc.).
Bibliography: ESTC T110233
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