A Complete Concordance To The Holy Scriptures Of The Old And New Testament: In Two Parts..
Bound in full contemporary mottled calf, extremities rubbed, neatly rebacked with new endpapers. Spine in compartments, with raised bands, and titles lettered in gilt. A very good example.
a landmark in biblical scholarship
Printed for J. Knapton, C. Hitch & L. Hawes, H. Woodfall, A. Cruden, A. Millar, J. Buckland and 17 others.,
Containing, i. the appellative or common words in so full and large a manner, that any verse may be readily found by looking for any material word in it. in this part the various significations of the principal words are given, by which the plain meaning of many passages of scripture is shewn: an account of several jewish customs and ceremonies is added, which may serve to illustrate many parts of scripture. ii. the proper names in the scriptures. to this part is prefixed a table, containing the significations of the words in the original languages from which they are derived.
to which is added a concordance to the books, called apocrypha. the whole digested in an easy and regular method, which, together with the various significations and other improvements now added, renders it more useful than any book of this kind hitherto published.
the second edition, with considerable improvements
The Second Edition, 4to. 11 x 9 inches, 1004 unnumbered pages, illustrated with a fine frontispiece portrait of the author.
A massive and respected work by a man whose biblical labours have justly made his name a household word among the English-speaking peoples. Alexander Cruden (1699-1770), Biblical scholar and eccentric moved from his native Aberdeen to London after an early disappointment in love left him somewhat unhinged for the rest of his life. Working as a proof corrector and bookseller, he completed work on his Concordance in only four years, 1733-37. The death of his patron, Queen Caroline, his own financial difficulties over the production of his great work and the unwanted attentions he paid to a widow, led to his mind becoming so unhinged that he was confined for ten weeks in a madhouse in Bethnal Green, chained to a bed, from which he eventually escaped. His subsequent career involved him in unsuccessful attempts to correct public morals, once leading to street brawling, further imprisonment and another unwise emotional attachment. His more positive achievements included, revising his concordance, publishing The Adventures of Alexander the Corrector (1754) and and saving from the gallows a young seaman, falsely accused of fraud. 'While seldom less than eccentric and sometimes undeniably mad Cruden was nevertheless respected for the benefits that others derived from the Concordance. Perhaps it required someone of Cruden's mental narrowness and indefatigable working habits to produce such a work' (DNB). This book, the second edition of a landmark in biblical scholarship, which has passed through numerous editions and remains in print to this day.
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