An Exposition, With Practical Observations, On The Pentateuch Or Five Books Of Moses Bound With Memoirs Of The Life Of The Rev. Mr. Matthew Henry,.


Bound in original calf, boards decorated by contrasting panels; spine rebacked, in compartments with raised bands, with contrasting title labels, gilt. Extremities worn. Small sections missing from margins of m and n (with slight loss of text) and from 4U2 (with no loss of text). Light foxing and offsetting, but otherwise in fine condition.





Printed for Samuel Bagster, in the Strand.,






Purposely written for the new edition of his works; by s. palmer, minister of the congregation at hackney, over which mr. henry in his last years presided.

Item Description

4to. 8.75 x 11 inches. Largely unpaginated. 20 + c.[300] pp. + 2 + 2 pp., including additional letterpress, Explanation of the annexed Chrono-Genealogical diagrams in main text and descriptions of the Locust and the Unicorn, or Rhinoceros and of the Mountains, Sinai and Horeb, at end. Text in double columns.


Illustrated by 21 engraved plates (3 hand coloured) including portrait frontispiece and by 4 maps and vignette engraving in text at end. Some of the plates acknowledged to the editor of the Supplement to Calmet's Dictionary.


Samuel Bagster's illustrated edition of the commentary on the first five books of the Old Testament by Matthew Henry, prefixed by a life of that author. Henry (1662-1714), a dissenting minister, was born in Flintshire and after studying law in London, was ordained there by six ejected ministers in 1687. He returned to Chester which remained the centre of his preaching ministry until he accepted the position in Hackney in 1712. A prolific author, his greatest literary achievement is considered to be his Exposition of the Old and New Testament, with this first part being originally published in 1707. Samuel Palmer (1741-1813), the author of Henry's Life, was an Independent minister, who served at the same Mare Street chapel, Hackney, from 1762 and was in charge of the congregation from 1771. Samuel Bagster (1772-1851) was a bookseller, publisher and author, who specialised in biblical works. Although there was a monopoly on bible publishing held by the royal printers and the two universities, this did not apply to copies that contained printed notes and this enabled him to issue polyglot bibles and extensively annotated editions like Henry's Exposition, which reprints the entire bible text alongside a commentary of greater length. Bagster edited and published Henry's commentary on the entire bible in six to seven volumes, 1806-11, accompanied by Palmer's Life of Henry. This volume, complete in itself, is noteworthy, for its maps and plates. These include the fine coloured 'chrono-genealogical' diagrams and the studies of the locust, rhinoceros and oxen threshing the corn.

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