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Lot 145


Sepher Yetzirah [“The Book of Creation.”] (Attributed to Abraham the Patriarch). Translated into Latin with notes by Johannes Stephanus Rittangelius. With commentary on the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom (Nethivoth Chochmah) by Rabbi Abraham ben David (RABaD) of Posquieres (i.e. R. Joseph ben Shalom Aschkenazi). pp. (8), 208 (pp. 130-135 misbound). Trace foxed and wrinkled. Needs rebinding. 4to Vinograd, Amsterdam 58; Fuks 196; Scholem, Bibliographia Kabbalistica 943

Amsterdam : Johannes Janssonius 1642

Est: $800 - $1,200
A Latin translation of the Sepher Yetzirah by the Christian mystic Wilhelm Postel was printed in Paris in 1552, a full decade before the first Hebrew edition of Mantua 1562. Scholem presents our translation by Rittangel as the second Latin translation. See Scholem, Kabbalah pp. 29-30; Scholem, Bibliographia Kabbalistica 918. According to Fuks (196), this work is the first example of rabbinic cursive type used in Amsterdam printing.