Opus de Arcanis Catholicae Veritatis.

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

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Lot 130

Opus de Arcanis Catholicae Veritatis.

Second edition. Printer’s device on title and repeated twice at end of text, numerous initial letters historiated. Extensive use of Greek and Hebrew. Mispaginated though complete, wide-margined copy, dampsoiled, some worming generally not affecting text, indices at end stained, opening few fore-edges ragged, foot of opening leaf loose, last leaf remargined, marginalia, modern cloth, folio Prijs, Basle 84 (nachtraege), Adams C-2419; and see B.S. Hill, Pierpont Morgan Library Catalogue: Hebraica from the Valmadonna Trust (1989) no.23

Basle: Joannes Heruagius 1550

Est: $600 - $900
An important contribution to the “Battle of the Hebrew Books.” Discusses the articles of Catholic faith, seeking to find corroboration of Christian belief in the Jewish Talmud. Despite its tone, it was published in defense of the great German Humanist Johannes Reuchlin from the attacks of Johannes Pfefferkorn and the Dominicans (see also lot)