Introductio ad litteras hebraicas [“Introduction to Hebrew Letters”].

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Lot 235

Introductio ad litteras hebraicas [“Introduction to Hebrew Letters”].

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Latin and Hebrew interspersed. Hebrew provided with nikud (vowel points). ff. 7, (1 blank). Upper margin of opening leaf slightly stained, otherwise a clean copy. Later limp vellum. 8vo.


Est: $7,000 - $9,000
A scarce Hebrew primer that guides the student in comprehending the Hebrew alphabet and the various vowel points. Concludes with Hebrew text of Chapter I of the Book of Psalms along with an interlinear Latin translation. Interestingly, the Hebrew pronunciation provided is of Sephardic enunciation rather than Aschkenazic - hence, a Hebrew letter punctuated with the vowel-point “kamatz” is here transliterated as “a” rather than “o.”