Josippon

AUCTION 38 | Thursday, November 29th, 2007 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 171
JOSEPH BEN GORION

Josippon

Title and first letter historiated. Printed in double columns ff. 155. Waterstained. Marginal worming, text unaffected. Later blind-tooled vellum. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Venice 220

Venice: Giovanni dei Farri 1544

Est: $2,500 - $3,000
One of only thirteen books published at the short-lived press of Dei Farri that operated just for one year. See D. Amram, The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy(1963), p. 205. Once thought to be an actual eyewitness report of events during the Second Temple era, the extensive research of the late Prof. David Flusser of Hebrew University has clearly shown, that the book composed by “Joseph ben Gorion” (an apochryphal figure, not be confused with the authentic Joseph ben Matathias Hakohen, or Josephus Flavius, a true denizen of the Second Temple era) was written in Southern Italy in the year 953 C.E. See EJ, Vol. X, cols. 296-298