53 97 (IBERIAN / SEPHARDIC LITERATURE). Menasshe ben Israel. Conciliador o de la conveniencia de los Lugares de la S. Escriptura que repugnantes entre si parecen. FIRST EDITION. Four parts in two volumes. Title in Latin and Spanish. Spanish text interspersed with Hebrew. Printer’s device on parts 2-4. * Part One: pp. (16), 379, (33). Frankfurt [i.e. Amsterdam], By the Author [Dionysius Rossius], 1632. * Part Two: pp. (16), 195, (21). Amsterdam, Nicolaus de Ravesteyn, 1641. * Part Three: pp. (12), 208, (6). Amsterdam, Samuel ben Israel Soeiro [i.e. Menasseh ben Israel], 1650. * Part Four: pp. (8), 201, (7). Amsterdam, Samuel ben Israel Soeiro, 1651. ACCOMPANIED BY: Conciliator sive de convenientia locorum S. Scripturae, quae pugnare inter se videntur. ff. (7), 240. Amsterdam 1633. Latin translation by Dionysius Vossius of the first part of Menasseh’s Conciliador. With a preface by the author and a commendatory poem in Latin by Dr. Zacutus Lusitanus. [Silva Rosa 15.] Occasional browning and staining, few neat marginal repairs, first volume with some marginal worming, title of part II with previous owner’s stamp. Later calf, spines gilt, rubbed; third volume later vellum. Housed in custom slip-case. 4to. Amsterdam, v.d. $3000-5000 ❧ The work which won Menasseh ben Israel his scholarly reputation in both Jewish and Christian circles. Conciliador poses 180 questions, or glaring contradictions in the Bible, which the young Amsterdam rabbi deftly reconciles (hence the title “Conciliator”). Twenty-eight years old at the time of its publication, Menasseh demonstrated his fluency within both Jewish and general literature, citing 221 Jewish and 54 Gentile authors rear). Cecil Roth, deems this work Menasseh’s “magnum opus.” See C. Roth, A Life of Menasseh Ben Israel (1945) pp. 87-91. 98 IBN GABIROL, SOLOMON. Mivchar HaPeninim [“Choicest of Pearls”]. Translated from the Arabic by Judah ibn Tibbon. FIRST EDITION. Square and cursive Rabbinic type alternate in text. ff. 41 (of 60). Provided in facsimile: ff. 1, 5, 7-9, 13-15, 17, 23, 47-51, 53, 57-59. Upper corners of few leaves with loss affecting text, few marginal repairs, stained in places. Modern blind-tooled crushed morocco. Housed in custom slip-case. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Soncino 3; Steinschneider, p. 2319, no. 6916.1; Goff, Heb-98; Thes. A-27; Offenberg 57.] Soncino, Joshua Solomon ben Israel Nathan Soncino, 1484. $4000-6000 ❧ First edition ethical work, a collection of maxims, proverbs and moral reflections. The second book - the first, according to bibliographer Gerson Cohen - printed by the Soncino Family, publishers of more Hebrew volumes than any other press. See D. Amram, The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy (1963) pp. 56-60. See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Incunables no. 12. Lot 98 Lot 97