(commonly mis-attributed to Jonah Gerondi). Issur VeHeter [dietary laws]

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

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Lot 50

(commonly mis-attributed to Jonah Gerondi). Issur VeHeter [dietary laws]

FIRST EDITION. Title within architectural arch with the printer’s device of an armillary sphere resting on a scroll with verse from Psalm 130:5 (illustrated EJ, Vol. XIII, col. 1094, no. 7). Wide-margined copy ff. 174 (2). Previous owners' marks, stained and soiled in places. Modern boards. 4to Vinograd, Ferrara 32; Adams J-312

Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque 1555

Est: $1,200 - $1,800
With the rare unrecorded two leaf addendum of corrections, most likely an earlier issue of this first edition. The printer, formerly known as Duarte Pinel, fled his home in Portugal, for safety in Italy, following the unmasking of his heretofore concealed Marrano identity in 1550. Ibn Usque was responsible for the appearance two years earlier of the celebrated “Ferrara Bible” - the first edition of the Old Testament in Spanish - a testament to the tolerance and liberal sentiment of the princely Family of Este, rulers of the Duchy of Ferrara. See D. Amram, Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy (1963) pp. 280-7