Chamberlayne, John. Oratio dominica in diversas omnium fere gentium linguas versa.

Amsterdam, W. & D. Goeree, 1715.

4to. 2 parts in 1 vol. (48), 94 (but: 96), (6) pp. (2), 256 (but: 156) pp. Title page printed in red and black. With 2 folding engr. plates and some 20 text engravings, all showing script specimens.

(Bound after) II: Morin, Stephan. Exercitationes de lingua primaeva ejusque appendicibus. Utrecht, Willem Broedelet, 1694. (14), 448, (8) pp. With engr. title page and 4 folding engr. plates. Contemp. Dutch blindstamped vellum with oriental-style, lozenge-shaped cover ornaments.


First edition.

The Lord’s Prayer in more than 150 languages, including many European and Asian languages, but also Arabic (in two styles), Persian (in two styles), Syriac, Ottoman Turkish, etc., many of which are rendered both in Latin transliteration and in their original scripts, engraved in the text or as folding plates. The second part contains nine remarkable treatises on typefaces and languages, including the first publication ever of "De variis linguis" by the great German philosopher and polymath G. W. Leibniz. The English courtier John Chamberlayne (1666-1723) is said to have known sixteen languages; among his many writings is an immensely popular, amusing tract on coffee, tea, and hot chocolate which he published at the age of 19 (cf. DNB).

II: First edition. The plates show coins and medals from Palestine and Samaria.

One corner bumped. Insignificant browning; a good, clean copy.

I: Ebert 3978. DNB IV, 9. Brunet I, 1761. Graesse II, 112. Ravier 317 (pt. 2 only).

II: Ebert 14415. Fürst II, 390. Lipsius 268.

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