Akeidath Yitzchak [philosophical and allegorical homilies to the Pentateuch]

AUCTION 14 | Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 at 1:00
Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts From the Library of the London Beth Din

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Lot 50

Akeidath Yitzchak [philosophical and allegorical homilies to the Pentateuch]

Second edition. Title within woodcut architectural arch. Opening word of each part within an elaborate border ff. 309. Few light stains in places, scattered worming, marginal repairs to title slightly affecting woodcut, scattered marginalia, previous ownership inscriptions on title, signed by censor Camillo Jaghel on verso of final leaf. Modern morocco-backed marbled boards. Folio Vinograd, Venice 326; Habermann, Bomberg 195; not in Adams

Venice: Daniel Bomberg 1547

Est: $800 - $1,000
Representative of an anti-Aristotelian trend, directed chiefly against Maimonides and his followers, Arama’s philosophical influence is reflected primarily in the writings of Isaac Abarbanel. Affectionately known as the “Ba’al Akeida,” Arama has been consistently quoted and utilized, especially by Polish and Galician preachers, until the present day. Numerous works interpreting Arama’s philosophy were issued through the centuries, of particular note is Israel Kitover’s Biurei Ha’midoth (1875). Arama’s great popularity stems from his stylistic combination of the Aschkenazic didactic and moralizing style with the philosophic tendency popular among Spanish and Provencal Jews. See I. Rivkind, Kiryat Sepher, vol. II p.60