Chovoth HaLevavoth. Translated by Judah ibn Tibbon.

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Lot 118

Chovoth HaLevavoth. Translated by Judah ibn Tibbon.

Signatures on title-page, including Shmuel Halberstam and Leib Dresden, listed as a subscriber in Herz Homberg’s Imrei Shefer. Marginalia. ff. 103. Stained, few wormholes. Later gilt-ruled mottled calf, worn. Sm. 4to.


Est: $1,000 - $1,500
An attractive copy of this classic work, with new corrections plus seven leaves of indices to Bible and Talmudim. Throughout the ages, Chovoth HaLevavoth enjoyed wide popularity in a variety of circles, although in later centuries Eastern European Jews would shy away from the introductory Sha’ar HaYichud, which is of a decidedly philosophical nature, and focus instead on the remainder of the work, with its ethical guidance. One of the “Tikunim” proposed by R. Ezekiel Landau, to a man who wished to rectify acts of promiscuity, was to study in-depth the Chovoth HaLevavoth. See his responsum in Noda BeYehuda Part 1, no. 35.