Isur Veheter [dietary and medical laws]

AUCTION 3 | Tuesday, November 25th, 1997 at 1:00
Fine Hebrew Printed Books Duplicates from the Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

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Lot 34
ASCHKENAZI, JONAH (Commonly misattributed to Jonah Gerondi).

Isur Veheter [dietary and medical laws]

FIRST EDITION. The Hyman G. Enelow copy. Title within architectural arch with the printer’s device of an armillary sphere resting on a scroll a verse from Psalm 130:5 (illustrated EJ, XIII col. 1094 no. 7). Wide-margined copy ff. 174. Marginal noations, 19th-century Russian censors’ license on opening two leaves (remargined), few leaves laid to size, Later blind-tooled polished calf with clasps and hinges, expertly repaired. 4to Vinograd, Ferrara 32; Adams J-312; Amram pp. 280-2

Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque 1555

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
The printer, formerly known as Duarte Pinel, fled his home in Portugal, for safety in Italy, following the unmasking of his heretofore concealed Marrano identity in 1550. Usque was responsible for the appearance two years earlier of the celebrated “Ferrara Bible” - the first edition of the Old Testament in Spanish. clearly a testament to the tolerance and liberal sentiment of the princely Family of Este, rulers of the Duchy of Ferrara, where they formed a brilliant Renaissance court