Sepher Eilim - Sepher Mayan Ganim - Sepher Mayan Chathum.

AUCTION 76 | Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial & Graphic Art

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Lot 100

Sepher Eilim - Sepher Mayan Ganim - Sepher Mayan Chathum.

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Three Parts in one, two titles. Numerous astronomical and mathematical illustrations. <<Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author>> engraved by W. Delff after a painting by C. Duyster. Titles within typographical border. pp. (8), 83, (2), 190, (2), 80. Browned and stained, few paper repairs, portrait creased and taped on verso. Modern morocco. 4to. Vinograd, Amsterdam 20; Fuks, Amsterdam 150-1; Silva Rosa 6.

Amsterdam: Menassah ben Israel 1628

Est: $8,000 - $10,000
<<One of the great scientific books of Hebrew Literature, with treatises relating to geometry, algebra, chemistry, astronomy, physics, medicine and metaphysics.>> The Sepher Eilim has been described as: “The most sumptuously illustrated of early scientific works in Hebrew, and unique in printed Hebrew literature before the modern period” (see National Library of Canada Catalogue, The Jacob M. Lowy Collection, 1981, no. 80). See also, A. Neher, Jewish Thought and the Scientific Revolution of the Sixteenth Century (1986) pp. 251-2; H. Friedenwald, Jewish Luminaries in Medical History-Catalogue (1946) p.111; A.J. Karp. From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress (1991) pp. 199-200.