AUCTION 31 | Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew and Other Printed Books

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Lot 4
Al’Harizi, Judah


Second edition ff. 76, (2). Previous owners signatures, small marginal wormhole on final leaves. Old calf. 4to Vinograd, Const. 270; Yaari, Const. 196; Adams J-402.

Constantinople: Solomon and Joseph Yaabetz 1578

Est: $3,000 - $4,000
Spanish born Judah ben Solomon Al’Harizi (1170-1235) was a preeminent poet and translator from Arabic into Hebrew, especially of the works by Maimonides. Sepher Tachkemoni is Al'Harizi’s major work of poetry, completed in 1220, during the course of the poet’s extensive travels through the Near East. He includes here a travelogue from Spain through Provence to Egypt, Syria, and Babylonia - complementing the travels of Benjamin of Tudela fifty years earlier. He writes of personalities encountered in the various cities along the way: Rabbis Meir Halevi (RaMaH) Abulafia of Toledo; Sheshet of Barcelona, Kalonymus ha-Nasi of Beaucaire, Abraham Maimonides of Cairo and the princes of Narbonne. See Waxman, Vol. I, pp. 462-465; Judith Dishon, “Medieval Panorama in the Book of Tahkemoni,” PAAJR, Vol. LVI (1990), pp. 11-27