Hassagoth [“Critique”: Polemic / philosophy].

AUCTION 54 | Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 1:00
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Hassagoth [“Critique”: Polemic / philosophy].

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Printer’s device on title (Yaari no. 22). ff. 16. Stamp of previous owner on title, some stains, several leaves expertly repaired with some text supplied in facsimile. Recent wrappers. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Ferrara 46; Adams M-1866.

Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque 1557

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
The kabbalist ibn Shem Tov had written in Sepher Ha’emunoth a scathing critique of Maimonides’ rationalist philosophy. In the Hassagoth, R. Moses Alaskhar rises to Maimonides’ defense, accusing ibn Shem Tov of deliberately misquoting Maimonides.