5 11 (AMERICANA). Abraham Farissol. Igereth Orchoth Olam [“Epistle on the Paths of the World”]. FIRST EDITION. Table of contents provided after the author’s introduction. DIAGRAMS OF THE NEW WORLD and the South-Polar stars on f. 33v. Type ornament border around title and initial word. ff. 36. Trace stained, f. 7 repaired with loss of several words. Modern blind-tooled calf. Housed in custom slip-case. 12mo. [Vinograd, Venice 702.] Venice, Giovanni di Gara, 1586-87. $50,000-70,000 ❧ FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST HEBREW AMERICANUM. THE EARLIEST HEBREW WORK CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF AMERICA. First written in 1524, this pioneering work on geography is divided into two parts. The first provides a general description of the earth, its division into climactic zones, continents and individual countries. The second part focuses upon the new discoveries made by Portuguese and Spanish explorers. Farissol discusses the location of the Garden of Eden, the Sambatyon River, beyond which dwell the Lost Tribes of Israel, and gives a detailed account of the discoveries of Vasco da Gama and his travels to India. In his chapter on the discovery of America, making this the first Hebrew book to record such, Farissol describes both the land and the people living there, based upon contemporary accounts. He writes; “They do not have a prince nor a ruler, neither laws nor a God, rather, we shall say they behave according to what is natural. They do not own property or possessions as individuals, for everything there is without an owner. Instead, they eat and forge a living for themselves together as one” (f. 33r).