ABOAB DA FONSECA, ISAAC. Parafrasis commentada sobre el Pentateucho

AUCTION 4 | Tuesday, March 03rd, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 104

ABOAB DA FONSECA, ISAAC. Parafrasis commentada sobre el Pentateucho

FIRST EDITION. Finely engraved title page by Johan van den Aveele depicting events in the life of the Biblical Isaac ff.(3),pp.634. Title laid down, lower margin of pp.35-2 removed not affecting text, lightly browned. Contemporary calf ruled in gilt with clasps and hinges. Folio

Amsterdam: Jacob de Cordova 1681

Est: $5,000 - $6,000
A detailed Spanish commentary to the Pentateuch including a translation of the text. The author was one of the Netherland’s most esteemed Rabbinic leaders. In 1651 he accepted a call as Haham to Recife, Brazil, at that time in the hands of the Dutch. Thus, he became the first Rabbi to minister on the American Continent. The victory of the Portuguese in 1654, however, doomed the Jewish Community of Recife and most Jews returned to Amsterdam. Others scattered to various places in the Caribbean. A small group migrated farther North - and such was the beginning of the great Jewish Community of New York. See A. Wiznitzer, The Exodus from Brazil and Arrival in New Amsterdam of the Jewish Pilgrim Fathers1654, in: A.J. Karp (Ed.) The Jewish Experience in America (1969) Vol. I pp.19-36