|[Paris c. 1730]
|Image 310 x 430 mm, Plate 315 x 450 mm, Sheet 385 x 510 mm
A depiction of the interior of a Synagogue with numbered key below, from Antoine Augustin Calmet's Dictionnaire historique, critique, chronologique, géographique et littéral de la Bible. The print illustrates a candle lit synagogue with the male congregation standing in the foreground and seated along the sides. The women are separated from the men in screened bay seating above. A scripture is rolled out upon an alter in the centre and is approached by a Cantor who recites the prayers along with three younger members of the congregation. The Rabbi stands in front of the Torah ark holding a scroll of law aloft.
Antoine Augustin Calmet (1672 – 1757) was a French Benedictine monk and is regarded as the greatest biblical scholar of the eighteenth century. Calmet studied under the Jesuit father Ignace de L'Aubrussel at the University of Pont-à-Mousson and upon comleteing his studies he became one of the most distinguished members of the Congregation of St. Vanne. Hiewrote prolifically on the history of Lorraine and the Bible, the later reprinted several times and translated into Latin and the principal European languages.
Condition: Centre fold as issued. small binding holes to top and bottom margin and just below title.