Sepher Eilim

AUCTION 16 | Tuesday, June 25th, 2002 at 1:00
Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts From the Library of the London Beth Din

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Lot 78

Sepher Eilim

FIRST EDITION. Three Parts in one. Numerous astronomical and mathematical illustrations. Titles within typographical border. A complete copy, with two titles, Latin introduction before title of Sepher Eilim and engraved portrait before title of Sepher Ma’ayan Ganim pp. (8), 83, (4), 190, (2), 80. Stained in places, clean tear on engraved portrait expertly repaired, marginal inscription on title. Contemporary blind-tooled mahogany mottled-calf, gently rubbed at extremities, recent ties. 4to Vinograd, Amsterdam 20; Fuks, Amsterdam 150-1; Silva Rosa 6

Amsterdam: Menassah ben Israel 1628-29

Est: $5,000 - $6,000
A complete copy, uncommon in good condition 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