Hassagot [“Critique.” Polemic/ philosophy]

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

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Lot 17

Hassagot [“Critique.” Polemic/ philosophy]

FIRST EDITION. Woodcut printer’s device on title (Yaari no. 22) ff. 16. Upper right corners stained, previous owners marks. Modern calf. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Ferrara 46; Adams M-1866

Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque 1557

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
The kabbalist ibn Shem Tov had written in his Sepher Ha’emunoth (Ferrara, 1556) a scathing critique of Maimonides' rationalist philosophy. In the Hassagoth, R. Moses Alaskhar vehemently rises to Maimonides' defense (as well as that of Gersonides), attacking ibn Shem Tov and accusing him of deliberately misquoting Maimonides