Reshith Da'ath ["Beginning of Knowledge": philosophic sermons]

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

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Lot 18

Reshith Da'ath ["Beginning of Knowledge": philosophic sermons]

FIRST EDITION. On title and f. 230v., printer’s device of triple crowns (Yaari, Hebrew Printers' Marks 18). On verso of title, long marginalium in Sephardic cursive hand ff. 10, 9-243. Title laid down, wormed affecting text, stained, marginal repairs. Later calf, worn. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Venice 666

Venice: Asher Parenzo 1583

Est: $800 - $1,200
Rare. R. Moses ben Jacob Albelda (1500-before 1583) served first as Rabbi in Arta, Greece, and later in Valona, Albania. He was a gifted preacher and prolific author. Reshith Da'ath, the first of several sermonic works by Albelda, addresses the topics of Divine Providence and Repentance. See JE, Vol. I, pp. 322-323; EJ, Vol. II, col. 529