Hassagoth [“Critique”: Polemic / philosophy]

AUCTION 41 | Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Graphic Art

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Hassagoth [“Critique”: Polemic / philosophy]

FIRST EDITION. Printer’s device on title (Yaari no. 22) ff. 16. Light stains, several torn leaves expertly repaired. Recent wrappers. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Ferrara 46; Adams M-1866

Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque 1557

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
The kabbalist ibn Shem Tov had written in Sepher Ha’emunoth a scathing critique of Maimonides' rationalist philosophy. In the Hassagoth, R. Moses Alaskhar rises to Maimonides' defense, accusing ibn Shem Tov of deliberately misquoting Maimonides