AUCTION 51 | Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts Graphic & Ceremonial Art Including: The Alfonso Cassuto Collection of Iberian Books, Part II

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Lot 20


LUDOVICUS (LUIZ), ANTONIO. Problematum, Libri quinque. Title between architectural columns abounding in statuary. Richly historiated initials. On final page, printer's device of winged dragon. ff. 62. * BOUND WITH: LUDOVICUS (LUIZ), ANTONIO. De Occultis Proprietatibus, Libri quinque. ff. 70 Foxed and stained in places, damp-wrinkled. Later calf, rubbed. Folio Friedenwald, p. 98. No copy in Waller, Cushing or Osler Catalogues

Lisbon: 1539 and 1540

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
Antonio Luiz, a native of Lisbon, was Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at the University of Coimbra. Luiz was celebrated for his mastery of the Greek language. He died circa 1565. Dr. Augusto da Silva Carvalho described Luiz as the "Judeu Lisbonese.” In the catalogue of the library of King Manuel of Portugal (pp. 519-29), the claim was made that Luiz had preceded Newton in the discovery of the law of gravity