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(BODONI PRESS.) De Rossi, Giovanni Bernardo. Della Lingua Propria di Cristo e degli Ebrei Nazionali della Palestina da' Tempi de' Maccabei. , xvi, 244 pages. 8vo, 212x149 mm, contemporary vellum boards with leather lettering piece; contents clean apart from slight foxing on title. Bookplate of the Venetian merchant and bibliophile Amedeo Svaier (1727-91). Parma: Stamperia Reale, 1772
first edition of a refutation of Domenico Diodati's 1767 De Christo Graece loquente exercitatio, which had suggested that Greek rather than Aramaic was the predominant language spoken in Palestine in the time of Jesus. This seems to be the earliest production of the Bodoni press to employ exotic types, with passages printed in Arabic, Coptic, Hebrew, and Syriac in addition to Greek. Brooks 26.