Rosh Amanah [on the principles of faith]

AUCTION 47 | Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 5

Rosh Amanah [on the principles of faith]

FIRST EDITION. Initial text page with a poem by the Author’s eldest son, philosopher Judah Abrabanel (Leone Ebreo), enclosed by a metalcut border of animals designed by the Marrano, Alfonso de Cordoba ff. 20. Stains, leaves remargined, trace wormed neatly repaired. Later calf. Sm. folio Vinograd, Const. 9; Yaari, Const. 3; Mehlman 1189

Constantinople: David & Samuel ibn Nachmias 1505

Est: $1,200 - $1,800
The thrust of Abrabanel's work is a defense of Maimonides' Thirteen Principles of Faith against his detractors Crescas (Or Hashem) and Albo (Sepher ha-Ikarim). See B. Netanyahu, Don Isaac Abravanel: Statesman and Philosopher (1968), pp. 73, 85, 285, 291. The Nachmias Brothers were exiles from Spain who established their press in 1505. It was the first printing-press established beyond Europe’s borders.