(Attributed to R. Chasdai Crescas). Kelimath HaGoyim [“Shame of the Gentiles.”]

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The Valmadonna Trust Library: Further Selections from the Historic Collection. * Hebrew Printing in America. * Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 8

(Attributed to R. Chasdai Crescas). Kelimath HaGoyim [“Shame of the Gentiles.”]

Manuscript in Hebrew, written in a neat, cursive Italian hand, on paper. ff. (22). Previous owner’s marks. Later blind-tooled sheep, rubbed, upper cover detached. Sm. 4to.

(Italy): 1572

Est: $6,000 - $8,000
An important polemic concerning belief in the Messiah and more specifically, concerning the Christian faith. The work was attributed erroneously to R. Chasdai Crescas, however it actually originated from his student, Profiat Duran. Born in Catalonia, the author (c. 1350 – c. 1415) was a physician, philosopher and grammarian who in official records also appears under the name Honoratus de Bonafide. The present manuscript contains some variations to the printed version which first appeared in installments in the journal Hatzofeh LeChochmas Yisrael (1914-15). See the critical edition: E. Talmage, Polemic Writings of Profiat Duran (1981).