THE DAYS OF CREATION
IN AN ATTRACTIVE BINDING

Betrachtungen uber die geheimbe Fürbilder, der Sechs Tage der Welt-Erschaffung, und des siebenden Tages der Ruhe, gedeutet auff die vielfältigen Bedienungen und Begegnissen der Kirch, von Anfang biss ans Ende der Welt; und auff die Wege, welche Gott hält, in Bekehrung und Heiligung eines jeden Gläubigen … 

Zürich, Johann Wilhelm Simler, 1688. 

8vo, pp. [16], 448; with occasional words in Greek and Hebrew; a very few light marks; very good in eighteenth-century gilt vellum over boards, with gilt border, cornerpieces, and central wreath with anchor supported by two birds to centre, topped with crown supported by two cherubs, spine gilt in compartments, remains of silver and black colouring within gilt designs, gilt edges with some gauffering, floral embossed endpapers in gilt and orange; covers slightly rubbed and dusty, one corner bumped; ‘Catharina Dachs 1733’ in calligraphic hand to front flyleaf.

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Betrachtungen uber die geheimbe Fürbilder, der Sechs Tage der Welt-Erschaffung, und des siebenden Tages der Ruhe, gedeutet auff die vielfältigen Bedienungen und Begegnissen der Kirch, von Anfang biss ans Ende der Welt; und auff die Wege, welche Gott hält, in Bekehrung und Heiligung eines jeden Gläubigen … 

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Scarce first edition of this interesting work on the seven days of Creation, linked to the life of Christ and to the history of the Church, in an attractive eighteenth-century devotional binding. 

After an introduction on understanding Holy Scripture, each day of Creation is related to a period in Biblical and Church history: so the Creation of light is associated with the era from the foundation of the Church to the Flood; of the heavens with the period from Noah to Moses; of the earth, sea, plants, and trees with the Exodus to the Babylonian captivity; of the Sun, Moon, and stars with the end of exile in Babylon to the destruction of Jerusalem; of fish and birds with the time up to the fall of the Gothic kingdom in Italy; and of animals and mankind with the rise of the Papacy to ‘its fall, and the renewal of the Church’.  Two short appendices discuss the Augsburg Confession and the author’s beloved Zürich.  The Swiss theologian Schoenau also produced a work in French, Recherche dans le livre de l’éternel, published in Amsterdam in 1689 and dedicated to England’s William III. 

The charming binding, perhaps executed for Catharina Dachs whose name appears on the flyleaf with the date 1733, bears a central anchor to its covers, a Christian symbol of hope and salvation. 

VD17 14:685203B.  OCLC records two copies in the US (Earlham College and Yale); no copies traced in the UK. 

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