[MOTTE, Benjamin]. Oratio Dominica Polyglottos, Polymorphos. Nimirum, plus centum linguis, versionibus, aut characteribus reddita & expressa. Editio novissima, speciminibus variis quam priores comitatior. Londini: Prostant apud Dan. Brown, ad Insigne Bibliorum, & W. Keblewhite, sub Cygno in Area Boreali D. Pauli, MDCC. 1700 Contemporary calf, small 4to. [20 cm.] viii, 70pp. index.
The half title reads: The Lords prayer in above a hundred languages, versions, and characters. This was printed and edited by Benjamin Motte, the preface is signed ‘B.M. Typogr. Lond.’ With an engraved printer’s device on the title page. Among the Asiatic languages are Indian languages, Chinese, Formosan, Japanese and Siamese; among the African are Ethiopian, Coptic, Angolan and Madagascan; and the American languages are Mexican, Poconchi and Virginian. Numerous typefaces are used corresponding to the various scripts. Page 61/62 has been loose at some stage and the edges have become chipped, first four leaves have a small triangle approximately 1 cm by 2 cm missing from the lower inner margin, the spine has been rebacked in a matching calf with a black leather label. A very good copy in a contemporary Cambridge style binding with the cypher bookplate and signature to head of title of Thomas Zouch (1737 – 1815) Doctor of Divinity and biographer. [Wing (2nd ed.), M2944 and attributed by Wing to Benjamin Motte (1693 – 1738) the English printer and publisher of Swift and Pope. ESTC: R15295]