Shevet Yehudah [historiography]

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Lot 269

Shevet Yehudah [historiography]

Second edition. Edited by the author’s son, Joseph ff.53 (of 54) final leaf provided in facsimile. Lightly stained. Modern boards Vinograd, Sabbioneta 56; Mehlman 1317 (similarly lacking final leaf)

Adrianople (i.e. Sabbioneta): Vicenzo Conti (1567)

Est: $6,000 - $8,000
“One of the outstanding achievements of the Hebrew literature of the Renaissance.” (EJ, VIII col1204). A chronicle of Jewish persecution from the destruction of the Second Temple until the Author’s own day, including an account of the Expulsion from Spain. Within ibn Verga’s account, lies a melancholy tone in his critique of his fellow-Jews and the place Gentile society has created for the Jew. “Of all the historical works [of the sixteenth century], ibn Verga’s Shevet Yehudah was to enjoy the widest popularity.” See Y.H. Yerushalmi, Clio and the Jews: Reflections on Jewish Historiography in the Sixteenth Century in: American Academy of Jewish Research, Jubilee Volume (1980) pp.607-38 and reprinted in: D.B. Ruderman (Ed.) Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy (1992) pp.191-218. See also, idem. The Lisbon Massacre of 1506 and the Royal Image in the Shebet Yehudah, Hebrew Union College Annual, Supplement No.1 (1976). Concerning the differentiation between the first, Adrianople and this Sabbioneta edition, see M. Benayahu, Sefunot vol. XI pp.255-57