Sepher Eilim

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 358

Sepher Eilim

FIRST EDITION. Three Parts in one. Engraved portrait of the Author, numerous astronomical and mathematical illustrations. Titles within typographical border. A complete copy, with two titles, Latin introduction, engraved portrait, all bound correctly pp. (8), 83, (4), 190, (2), 80. Outer margin on pp.7-8 cropped, scattered light staining and marginalia. Modern calf. Sm.4to Vinograd, Amsterdam 20; Fuks, Amsterdam 150-1; Silva Rosa 6

Amsterdam: Menassah ben Israel 1628-29

Est: $2,500 - $3,500
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