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§ 9. Principal Collections of Observations on the
Scriptures, Critical, Philological, and Miscel-
GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHICAL WORKS, TREATING ON THE EDITIONS,
LITERARY HISTORY, CRITICISM, ETC. OF THE BIBLE.
1. BIBLIOTHECA SACRA in binos syllabos distincta. Quorum prior, qui jam tertio auctior prodiit, omnes sive Textus Sacri sive Versionum ejusdem quâvis linguâ expressarum editiones, necnon præstantiores MSS. Codices, cum notis historicis continet: Posterior vero continet omnia eorum opera quivis idiomate conscripta, qui huc usque in Sacram Scripturam ediderunt, simul collecta, tum ordine alphabetico disposita, tum serie sacrorum librorum. Huic coronidis loco subjiciuntur Grammaticæ et Lexica Linguarum præsertim orientalium, quæ ad illustrandas sacras paginas aliquid adjumenti conferre possunt. Labore et industria Jacobi Le Long. Parisiis 1723, 2 tomis folio.
The third and best edition of a most laborious work. The first edition appeared at Paris in 1709, in 2 vols. 8vo. : the second, at Leipsic, in the same year, with additions by C. F. Boerner.
2. Discours Historique sur les principales Editions des Bibles Polyglottes. Par l'Auteur de la Bibliothèque Sacrée. [Jacques Le Long.] Paris, 1713, 8vo.
3. Bibliotheca Sacra post Jacobi Le Long et C. F. Boerneri iteratas curas ordine disposita, emendata, suppleta, continuata ab Andrea Gottlieb Masch. Halæ, 1774-1797. 5 vols. 4to. frequently bound in two thick volumes.
This elaborate work, which was discontinued for want of adequate support, is confined to the printed editions of the Holy Scriptures. Part I. contains editions of the original Hebrew and Greek text. Part II., in three volumes, treats on the Greek, Oriental, and Latin versions, and on editions of them; and the last volume comprises a supplement to the preceding volumes.
We have been largely indebted to this publication for much information concerning the printed editions of the Old and New Testament. To this valuable work the Bibliotheca Biblica Serenissimi Wuertembergensium Ducis, olim Lorkiana, published by J. G. C. Adler, at Altona, in 1787 (in five parts forming two quarto volumes), is an indispensable supple
It is very justly characterised by Bp. Marsh as “a catalogue of great merit and utility,” and contains notices of some versions and translators, which have escaped even the researches of Dr. Masch.
4.Calmet(Augustine) Bibliotheca Sacra, or a Catalogue of the best books that can be read in order to acquire a good understanding of the Scripture. Folio.
This Catalogue fills a considerable portion of a volume in the various French editions of Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible. It also occupies two bundred and eighty-four pages of the third volume of the English translation of that Dictionary, in folio. It contains copious notices of the earlier biblical critics and commentators, and other writers on Scriptural Antiquities, &c. This valuable Catalogue is omitted in the quarto edition of Calmet's Dictionary, published by the late Mr. C. Taylor.
5. Joh. Christophori Wolfii Bibliotheca Hebræa; sive Notitia tum Auctorum Hebræorum cujuscumque ætatis, tum Scriptorum, quæ vel Hebraice primum exarata, vel ab aliis conversa sunt, ad nostram ætatem deducta. Accedit in calce Jacobi Gaffarelli Index Codicum Cabbalistic. MSS., quibus