The Ceremonies And Religious Customs Of The Various Nations of the Known World: Together with Historical Annotations, And several Curious Discourses Equally Instructive and Entertaining. Vol. I. ... (-VII. ...) Written originally in French, and illustrated with a large Number of Folio Copper Plates, all beautifully Designed By Mr. Bernard Picart, And curiously Engraved by most of the Best Hands in Europe. Faithfully translated into English, by a Gentleman, some Time since of St. John's College in Oxford.
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Fourteen plates are unsigned. Most are signed as engraved by C. Du Bosc, and drawn by B. Picart; but in the first volume four are signed as drawn by Seb. le Clerc and one as drawn by Petrus Lucatellus, and in the sixth and seventh volumes several are signed by other draughtsmen (J. v. Schley, L.F. Dubourg, J. Folkema) and engravers (J. v. Schley, P. Tanjé, B. Bernaerts, F. Morellon La Cave, J. Folkema, Cl. Duflos). The engraved dedication and most head- and tail-pieces are signed as drawn by Gravelot and engraved by G. Scotin (two are signed as engraved by Du Bosc); several decorated initials are signed as drawn and engraved by Gravelot.
The printer is named on the title-pages of Volumes I-IV only; the imprint of Volumes V-VII reads simply, 'Printed for Claude Du Bosc'.
The work is dedicated by Du Bosc to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington.
A.D. Momigliano, 'Historiography of religion', in Encyclopaedia of religion, vol. 6 (1987), p. 383-90; The rise of modern mythology 1680-1860, ed. B. Feldman (1972).
The seven volumes describe the religions of 1. the Jews and Roman Catholic Christians; 2. Roman Catholic Christians; 3. 'idolatrous' nations (Americans, east Indians, Banyans, Bramins); 4. 'idolatrous' nations (Banians, Chinese, east Asians, Icelanders and Lapps, Persians, Africans); 5. Orthodox Christians, non-Chalcedonian Christians, Reformed Churches; 6. Reformed Churches; 7. Muslims, &c.
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
Claude Du Bosc, engraver, publisher
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, dedicatee
Sebastien Le Clerc, draughtsman
Pietro Locatelli, draughtsman
Hubert Francois Gravelot, draughtsman, engraver
Bernard Picart, draughtsman
Jacobus van der Schley, draughtsman, engraver
Pierre Tanjé, engraver
B. Bernaerts, engraver
François Morellon La Cave, engraver
Jacob Folkema, draughtsman, engraver
Claude Duflos, engraver
Leo of Modena
Simonville, Sieur de, pseud. (i.e. Richard Simon]