Tzemach David [historical chronicle]

AUCTION 46 | Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Graphic Art

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Lot 117

Tzemach David [historical chronicle]

FIRST EDITION. Two parts in one volume. Both titles within typographic borders. Part One: ff. 64, (6). Part Two: ff. 124. Heavily browned throughout, trace marginal worming, few margins frayed. Later wooden boards, rebacked. 4to Vinograd, Prague 69; Mehlman 1314

Prague: Solomon and Moses Katz 1592

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Rare First Edition. David Gans (1541-1613), disciple of R. Judah Löw (MaHaRa”L) of Prague, was a multifaceted individual, in every way a product of the enlightenment of the Rudolfine Era. The Tzemach David is Gans' best known work. It is divided into two parts, the first containing the annals of Jewish history, the second those of general world history. For this second part, the author consulted the writings of Spangenberg, Laurentius Faustus, Hubertus Holtzius, Georg Cassino and Martin Borisk. Tzemach David is the first work of its kind among the Aschkenazi Jews - indeed in his preface to the second volume, Gans deemed it necessary to justify himself for having dealt with so secular a subject as the annals of general history. See André Neher, Jewish Thought and the Scientific Revolution of the Sixteenth Century: David Gans and His Times (1986)