BIBLE, Polyglot. S.S. Biblia sacra polyglotta...Edidit Brianus VValtonuus, London: T. Roycroft, -57. 6 volumes, 2° (445 x 270mm). Ruled in red throughout, engraved portrait of Walton by Lombart, additional engraved title, double-page map and 5 plates, all but one double-page, all by W. Hollar, final blank in volume IV (lower margins of volume I lightly dampstained, tear in final D2 in volume II, title in volume VI detached, inner margin of first A2 in same volume slightly defective with slight loss of text, occasional general light spotting and browning). 19th-century half sheep (worn, 3 covers detached). FIRST EDITION, Republican issue with Walton's thanks to Cromwell for having waived customs duties on the imported paper. This is the fourth of the great Polyglots and, while being less elegant than its predecessors, is the most accurate and with the addition of Persian and Ethiopic to the usual Samaritan, Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Chaldaean and Latin. The editor was Brian Walton, made Bishop of Chester by Charles II in 1660, who called upon for assistance the considerable talents of, inter alios, James Ussher, Robert Sanderson, Henry Hammond, Edward Pococke, John Greaves and Edmund Castell. Wing B2797; Darlow and Moule 1446.
CASTELL, Edmund. Lexicon heptaglotton...Opus...ad Biblia polyglotta Londinensia...pernecessarium..., London: T. Roycroft, 1686. Bound in 2 volumes, 2° (416 x 250mm). Title printed in red and black, a few woodcut initials (occasional browning). Bound uniformly with the above (covers and first and last leaf in volume II detached, worn). Second edition of Castell's celebrated dictionary (Hebrew, Samaritan, Chaldaean, Ethiopic, Syriac, Arabic and Persian) designed, as the title tells us, as a companion work for Walton's Polyglot. One of the two copies of the Polyglot at the British and Foreign Bible Society also has Castell's Lexicon uniformly bound with it. Wing C1226. (8)