Sepher ha-Emunoth

AUCTION 22 | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art Including Holy Land Maps, Illustrated Books, Photography and Graphic Art from The Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg of Greenwich, Conn

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Lot 144
Shem Tov ibn Shem Tov

Sepher ha-Emunoth

First edition. Printer’s mark (armillary sphere, verse from Psalms, anchor, and initials AU) appears both on title and final page. (For explanation of printer’s mark, see below Summary.) ff. 116. Mispagination: (as in all copies) p. “13” should read “15” and vice versa. Two leaves at end contain a passage from Zohar, which printer says followed all copies of the manuscript of Sepher ha-Emunoth Title page loose, final fews leaves contain some slight marginal worming not affecting text; few words censored but readable through light brown ink. Slight staining otherwise a good wide margined copy Recent marbled boards, rubbed. 4to Vinograd, Ferrara 37; Fürst III, p. 266; not in Adams.

Ferrara: Abraham Usque 1556

Est: $2,000 - $2,500
Anti-Maimonidean work of philosophy. One of his choice remarks is: “The opinions of the rabbi [Maimonides] are even worse than the opinions of Aristotle, because he is a Jew” (Sepher ha-Emunoth, 15b, 112a). Shem Tov meant by this that common Jews would be led astray by Maimonides’ views whereas there was no such danger vis-`a-vis those of Aristotle