Sepher Eilim

AUCTION 6 | Tuesday, November 17th, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 86

Sepher Eilim

FIRST EDITION. Three Parts in one. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the Author, numerous astronomical and mathematical illustrations. Early 18th-century notation on title indicating the book was purchased from an individual who sold his library due to his evacuation to Poland pp.(10),83,(5),190,(2),80. pp. (9-10), the Latin introduction (f.1) provided in facsimile. Trimmed. Later half-roan, rubbed. 4to Vinograd, Amsterdam 20; Fuks, Amsterdam 150-1; Silva Rosa 6

Amsterdam: Menassah ben Israel 1628-29

Est: $3,000 - $4,000
One of the great scientific books of Hebrew Literature, with treatises relating to: geometry, algebra, chemistry, astronomy, physics, medicine and metaphysics. “The most sumptuously illustrated of early scientific works in Hebrew, and unique in printed Hebrew literature before the modern period.” See National Library of Canada Catalogue, The Jacob H. Lowy Collection (1981) no.80 (illustrated); A. Neher, Jewish Thought and the Scientific Revolution of the Sixteenth Century (1986) pp.251-2; H. Friedenwald, Jewish Luminaries in Medical History-Catalogue (1946) p.111; A.J. Karp. From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress (1991) pp. 199-200