AUCTION 61 | Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic Art and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 2


Farissol, Abraham. Igereth Orchoth Olam / Itinera Mundi. Translated and annotated by Thomas Hyde. <<FIRST LATIN EDITION.>> Hebrew original and Latin translation face `a face. pp. (1 blank), (16), 196. [Vinograd, Oxford 4; Wing F-438]. <<* BOUND WITH:>> Tractatus Alberti Bobovii [Muslim Liturgy and Religious Practices]. Annotated by the Editor Thomas Hyde. Text in Latin and Osmanli (Turkish in Arabic characters). pp. (4), 31, (1 blank). Very lightly browned. Contemporary vellum-backed marbled boards. Housed in modern solander box. 4to.

Oxford: Sheldon Theatre 1691 and 1690

Est: $500 - $700
The Igereth Orchoth Olam is a pioneering work on geography. First published in Ferrara in 1524, it is the first Hebrew book to contain a description of America (chap. 29). Besides its rudimentary description of the “Eretz Chadasha” (The New World), the book also contains a valuable reference to the enigmatic David Reubeni (chap. 14). See D. Ruderman, The World of a Renaissance Jew: The Life and Thought of Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol (1981).