Ben Hamelech VehaNazir [“The Prince and the Hermit”]

AUCTION 7 | Tuesday, June 22nd, 1999 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 246

Ben Hamelech VehaNazir [“The Prince and the Hermit”]

Second Edition. Title within a woodcut architectural border. Opening letter of each chapter within a decorative woodcut vignette. Printer’s device on final leaf ff. 92. First four leaves supplied from another copy, lightly stained. Later calf-backed marbled boards, rubbed. 12mo Vinograd, Mantua 38; Mehlman 1272; not in Adams

Mantua: Joseph ben Jacob of Padua 1557

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
Based on a popular early tale entitled “Barlem and Yosef” which is Hindu in origin, and was translated into many languages. This Hebrew version is based on the Arabic. “The Hebrew version is attractively written and the prose narrative is interspersed with versified aphorisms.” EJ, V col. 518