AUCTION 49 | Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters and Graphic Art

Back to Catalogue Download Catalogue

Lot 55


Polyglot. PSALMS). Psalterium, Hebraeum, Graecum, Arabicum & Chaldeum, cum tribus latinis interpretationibus & glossis. Edited and with Latin commentary by Agostino Giustiniani. Text printed in eight columns across double-pages: Hebrew, literal Latin translation from the Hebrew, Latin Vulgate, Greek Septuagint, Arabic, Aramaic (Chaldee) and literal Latin from the Chaldee ff. 192 (of 200). Lacking 2ff. in sig. A, 1f. in sig. F, 1f. in sig. I, 2ff. in sig. M, 1 f. in sig. X, 1f. in final sig. Title supplied from another copy with upper left portion of border provided in facsimile. Dampstained, marginal worming on a few leaves. Later chestnut mottled calf, rubbed. Folio Vinograd, Genoa 1; Adams B-1370; Darlow & Moule 1411

Genoa: Petrus Paulus Porro for Nicolo Giustiniani Paulo 1516

Est: $4,000 - $6,000
THE FIRST POLYGLOT BIBLE EDITION. “A monument of Renaissance typography, this Psalter was linguistically the most ambitious work attempted to date, and the first Polyglot work ever published. It provides the Psalms in five languages as well as a marginal scholarship based largely on rabbinic sources. The Arabic text is one of the first two texts and the first biblical text, ever printed in this language.” See, B. Sabin Hill, Hebraica from the Valmadonna Trust, The Piermont Morgan Library (1989), no. 18. In relation to the the verse in Psalms “Their line has extended throughout the earth and their words to the end of the world” (Chap. XIX v. 4), the scholia commenatry contains a lengthy passage relating to the Genoese Christopher Columbus’ life and voyage to America