Nachlath Avoth [commentary to Ethics of the Fathers, with text]

AUCTION 80 | Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 1:00 PM
The Valmadonna Trust Library: Further Selections from the Historic Collection. * Hebrew Printing in America. * Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 27

Nachlath Avoth [commentary to Ethics of the Fathers, with text]

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Initial text page with a poem by the Author’s eldest son, Judah (Leone Ebreo) Abrabanel, enclosed by a metalcut, white-on-black historiated border of animals designed by the Marrano, Alfonso de Cordoba. <<A fine copy.>> ff. (116). Few expert marginal paper repairs, trace stained. Modern gilt-tooled emerald crushed morocco. Sm. folio. Vinograd, Const. 12; Mehlman 124.

Constantinople: David & Samuel ibn Nahmias 1505

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
Nachlath Avoth [“The Inheritance of the Fathers”] contains Abrabanel’s testimony to the merit of the suffering that was endured due to the Expulsion from Spain. Abrabanel asserts that what gives meaning to Jewish tragedy is the moral heritage that has been guarded by generations of Jews and which, Abrabanel warns, is in jeopardy due to rising materialistic tendencies post-Exile. The Nahmias Brothers, who printed this work were themselves exiles from Spain who established their press in 1505. It was the first printing-press, in any language, to operate beyond Europe’s borders. For a detailed biography of Abrabanel’s experiences and philosophical conclusions regarding the Spanish Expulsion see B. Netanyahu, Don Isaac Abravanel, Statesman & Philosopher (1968).