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Lot #    28927
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:01:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Orbis miraculum, or The temple of Solomon
Author    [First Ed.] Samuel Lee
City    London
Publisher    John Streater, for Francis Titon
Publication Date    1659
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [12], 325, 332-371, [9] pp., [3] leaves of plates, (1 folded), 280:174 mm., wide margins, light age staining, small tears in margins of pp. 71-84 not affecting text. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather over wood boards, recent spine with expert restoration.
   Title: Orbis miraculum, or The temple of Solomon, pourtrayed by Scripture-light wherein all its famous buildings, the pompous worship of the Jewes, with its attending rites and ceremonies; the several officers employed in that work, with their ample revenues: and the spiritual mysteries of the Gospel vailed under all; are treated of at large Published 1659 by printed by John Streater, for Francis Titon, at the signe of the Three Daggers in Fleet-street in London.

A very English interpretation for the design of Solomon's Temple, by an English author, the Puritan divine Samuel Lee. Lee argued that the extremely elaborate Temple designs of earlier authors took their inspiration from the visionary temple of Ezekiel, which was never intended as a real temple to be built on earth. What was required was a more practicable plan, which he thus provided with beautiful copper plate illustrations.

Samuel Lee was a notable Puritan divine who was close to John Wilkins. After studying at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, he was created M.A. by the Parliamentary Visitors in April 1648, the same month as they appointed Wilkins Warden of Wadham. In October Lee was elected to a fellowship at Wadham, and he remained there despite a subsequent election to All Souls, becoming Sub-warden of Wadham in 1652 and Dean in 1653. He resigned his fellowship in 1657, Cromwell having appointed him minister of St Botolph's, Bishopsgate, in 1655. Under Wilkins, Wadham was a centre of activity in experimental natural philosophy. Lee dedicated his Orbis miraculum to the Warden, Fellows and Students: It was not long since my happiness and honor to enjoy a Fellowship for several years in that your goodly Seminary of all polite Literature.

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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
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