AUCTION 23 | Tuesday, March 30th, 2004 at 1:00
Hebrew Printed Books & Manuscripts from The Rare Book Room of the Jews College Library, London The Third Portion

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Lot 189


SAADIAH GAON, Ha’emunoth Vehade’oth. Translated into Hebrew by Judah ibn Tibon. ff. (3) 4-53. Additional Latin title with Menasseh ben Israel’s woodcut device. [Vinograd, Amsterdam 143 (JNUL copy incomplete); Fuks, Amsterdam 186; Silva Rosa 51]. Amsterdam, David de Castro Tartas for Joseph ben Israel, 1647. * Albo, Joseph. Sepher ha-Ikarim with commentary Shorashim by Gedaliah ben Solomon of Poland. ff.144. [Vinograd, Venice 1112]. First Edition with commentary. Title within architectural arch. Woodcut diagramatic text illustrations. (Venice: Pietro & Lorenzo Bragadin, 1618) Few pages loose and torn (but complete) in first volume. One leaf supplied in a neat, precise 18th century Ashkenazic hand. Boards. Sm.folio

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Est: $500 - $700
Originally written in Arabic, Emunoth Veh’de’oth was the first systematic treatise of religious Jewish philosophic literature. Saadiah Gaon’s purpose is two-fold: to demonstrate the principles of Judaism are compatible with Reason and to interpret these principles in a manner that their rationality be evident. For a brief over-view of Saadiah’s philosophic arguments in this work, see M. Waxman, vol. I pp. 322-7 Joseph Albo’s philosophical exposition proceeds from the view that every religion is founded on three basic principles: the existence of God, Revelation and reward and punishment. True faith, according to Albo, is that which recognizes not only the roots of these three fundamental principles, but also their logical consequences. The goal of man lies in perfecting himself, and the way of human perfection according to Albo, lies in striving to become similar to the supreme symbol of perfection - God. This can be achieved by doing good and right out of love for God through the loving fulfillment of His will and commandments. For a brief examination of Albo’s philosophies and the thinkers upon whose ideas he built, see Zinberg, vol. III pp. 233-9