AUCTION 36 | Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books & Manuscripts

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Lot 176


With approbation by Haham Isaac Aboab de Fonseca pp. [12] [1]-300. Contemporary calf, edges gilt and gauffered. 8vo Rodr.Castro (1781) p. 547; Kayserling (1890) p. 13; Neves (1913) 23; Palau(1923) 125060; Peeters (1933) 749, 1296; Den Boer (1988) 243; Den Boer, Spanish and Portuguese Printing (2003) n. 425; Catalogue Rosenthal Ltd (1948), no. 1121

Amsterdam: David Tartas 1687

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
A Spanish translation of Flavius Josephus’ Contra Apionem by the Spanish Jew Joseph Semah Arias. The work is dedicated to the philosopher and physician Isaac (Baltasar) Orobio de Castro (1620-1687), a former Professor of Medicine in Spain and France and a physician at the court of the King of France, who was celebrated in Amsterdam for his vigorous defense of Judaism against its Christian opponents. In his dedication, Arias calls himself an ìintimate friend of Orobio de Castro. Arias also worked in close friendship with the poet and historian Daniel Levi (Miguel) de Barrios