Esrim Ve’arba ...Hebraica Biblia

AUCTION 1 | Thursday, November 14th, 1996 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 63
(BIBLE, Hebrew and Latin).

Esrim Ve’arba ...Hebraica Biblia

Two volumes. Prepared by Sebastian Muenster. Hebrew and Latin text in parallel columns, with Latin notes at end of chapters. First word of Volume I within woodcut frame, initial letter of each chapter historiated, divisional titles, marginal notations in an early hand Vol. I: first 2ff. remargined, 16th century signature of Thomas Davies on title page, edges of last few ff. slightly frayed. Vol. II: first and last page supplied in facsimile, 3ff. preface bound in at end, margins dampstained, modern half-morocco, folio Darlow & Moule 5087; Prijs, Basle 38; Adams B-1240

Basle: J. Bebel for M. Isingrin and H. Petri 1534-35

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
Muenster’s outstanding effort, providing an original Latin text independent of the Vulgate. This first Protestant translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Latin exercised a considerable influence upon later Bible editions. See related article by I.I.J. Rosenthal, Sebastian Muenster’s Knowledge and Use of Jewish Exegisis, in: Essays in Honour of J.H. Hertz (1943) pp.351-69