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Bishop Pierre-Daniel Huet's psalmbook with his annotations

Prophetou kai Basileoos tou David [in Greek type] - Davidis Regis ac Prophetae Psalmorum Liber. Ad exemplar Complutense.
Antwerp, Christopher Plantin, 1584. 16mo (11,8 x 8 cm). With woodcut printer's device on the title-page, text is partially printed in Greek. Late seventeenth-century dark brown calf, with gold-stamped coat of arms of Pierre-Daniel Huet on both covers and gold-tooled dubbel-lined borders on covers and spine, (remnants of) red speckled edges. 267, [13] pp.
€ 3,500
The text of this Book of Psalms is printed in Greek and Latin, in parallel columns and on each page the inner column contains the text in Greek, while the outer column contains the same in Latin. There are separate Greek and Latin indexes at the end of the work. This copy belonged to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630-1721), a French clergyman and scholar. According to title-page, this bilingual work was published by Plantin after the example of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible (1520). Plantin also issued a 24mo edition in the same year.
The present copy is bound in dark brown leather with the coat of arms of Pierre-Daniel Huet stamped in gold on the front and back covers. Huet was the Bishop of Soissons, and later Avranches. He was the cofounder of the Académie de Physique in Caen and in 1674 he became a member of the Académie française. He was one of the most learned men of his age; he studied Greek and Hebrew and he claimed to have read the Hebrew text of the Bible 24 times.
Although Huet was not a member of the Jesuit order, he lived his final years in a Jesuit home in Paris. After his death, he bequeathed his library to the Jesuits and upon the dissolution of the order in France in 1764, king Louis XV bought Huet's books and they are now part of the colleciton of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The bookplate on the front pastedown was made by the Jesuits to commemorate Huet's donation of his library.
Covers show signs of wear, spine has been expertly restored. With an ex libris-label of Pierre-Daniel Huet on the front pastedown: "Ex libris bibliothecae quam Illustrissimus Ecclesiae Princeps. D Petrus Daniel Huetius [...] 1692.", an inscription in brown ink in Hebrew and several inscriptions in pencil, all on the first fly leaf. With crossed out inscriptions (except for "164" in the bottom left corner) on the verso of the third fly leaf and at the head of the title-page, with some annotations in dark brown ink (in Greek) throughout, very slight foxing throughout, a small water stain in the top margin of the second half of the book, without affecting the text. On pp. 29-30 a small corrosion spot, on p. 30 a marginal stain, and a small hole in the text in p. 87, all very slightly affecting the text. This is a well preserved copy of a bilingual book of psalms, with an interesting provenance. BMC STC Dutch, p. 26; Voet 671; Olivier 1684. cf. NBG XXV, col. 381-385; Voet 672; Adams B-1390 ["32mo"].
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