Two Essays. The Former, a Defense of the Ancient Greek Chronology; to which is annexed, a New Chronological Synopsis: The Latter, an Enquiry into the Origin of the Greek Language. [Bound with:] The Ancient History of the Hebrews Vindicated: or Remarks on part of the third volume of the Moral Philosopher. Wherein a particular account is given of the Shepherds in Egypt, and of the Origin of Circumcision in that Country.

  • Squire, Samuel
  • Cambridge: Printed by J. Bentham... for W. Thurlbourn 1741
  • ESTC T102870; T21878.


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Two volumes bound as 1, 8vo, pp. [viii], xiii, [i], 218; [iv], 100. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label. A few gatherings toned and spotted. Extremities a touch rubbed, a few scratches and marks, joints just cracking at ends. Ownership inscription of T. Franklin, 1751, to pastedown.


Two of the main linguistic-historical works of Samuel Squire (d.1766), later Bishop of St David's, bound together. Squire came to his success in part due to his political acumen and ties to important Whigs, publishing a number of political pamphlets in the 1740s, but he was also a scholar of languages, studying Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Old English, and Gothic. The first work here has two parts, one taking the opposite position to Newton on the accuracy of the ancient Greek chronology and the other arguing for the descent of Greek from Hebrew, while the second work defends the historical accuracy of the Pentateuch.

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