- Attractive set with the following minor defects: some very vague foxing; occas. pastedowns worn/ loose(ning); all vols. from the library of A.C. Kruseman, with his owner's ticket. Bindings sl. rubbed; vol. II w. 2 sm. dam. spots on frontcover; vol. VI upper hinge splitting.
= Graesse II, p.104; Rubens p.1103-1215, 1244-1273; Sabin 62600 (praising the engravings). One of the main sources documenting the history of religion, with extensive descriptions of the Jewish and Roman Catholic faith (incl. inquisition), Greek-Orthodox and Protestant churches, Quakers, Anabaptism, Freemasonry, Islam, Buddhism, Chinese and Persian religions, American and African creeds etc. The first vol. i.a. dealing with the rites and customs of the Dutch Jewry in the 17th and 18th century, with very fine plates, e.g. the large plate representing the dedication in 1675 of the Amsterdam Portuguese synagogue.