(BIBLE, Hebrew). Torah Nevi’im U’kethuvim- Biblia Hebraica...Edito Prima Americana

AUCTION 15 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002 at 1:00
Fine Hebrew Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 13

(BIBLE, Hebrew). Torah Nevi’im U’kethuvim- Biblia Hebraica...Edito Prima Americana

Complete in four volumes. Without Nikud. Latin explanatory notes by van der Hooght ff. (6),296,2,12,312,2. Foxed, trace marginal worming in places, neat marginal repairs to first few leaves, few leaves loose. Uniform gilt-tooled auburn speckled calf, upper cover of 3 volumes tooled in gilt with the name “Aaron Ezra Arakie Hakohen,” gently rubbed at extremities. Fourth volume in modern binding expertly mirroring the others. Lg. 8vo Vinograd, Philadelphia 6; Singerman 0236; Rosenbach 171; Darlow & Moule 5168a

Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson 1814

Est: $4,000 - $6,000
THE FIRST HEBREW BIBLE PRINTED IN AMERICA. “In the year 1812, Mr. Horwitz had proposed the publication of an edition of the Hebrew Bible, being the first proposal of the kind ever offered in the United States.” This copy with the inserted notice in front of Volume One transferring J. Horowitz’ copyright and list of subscribers to Thomas Dobson. A most extraordinary association copy, bound for Aaron Ezra Arakie Hakohen. A native of Cochin, Arakie-Hakohen, founded the first Hebrew printing press in India in Calcutta in 1840. An important “first” in Americana, owned by the pioneer of Hebrew printing on the other side of the globe