Sepher HaKuzari [philosophy]. Translated from Arabic to Hebrew by Judah ibn Tibbon.

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 125
HALEVI, JUDAH.

Sepher HaKuzari [philosophy]. Translated from Arabic to Hebrew by Judah ibn Tibbon.

<<FIRST EDITION>> with commentary “Kol Yehudah” by Judah Moscato. On front pastedown, bookplate in Latin, Portuguese and Hebrew: “Anno 5542. Abraham Levy Ximenes, & Moseh Levy, filhos do B.A. Ishac Levy, fizeraõ Kodes, este Livro com varios outros, â Santa Irmandade de Heshaim, do Kaal Kados de Londres, para uzo dos Estudantes no Medrás. TNZB”H” [Year 1782. Abraham Levy Ximenes and Moses Levy, sons of Isaac Levy, consecrate this book, as various others, to the Holy Fraternity of the Congregation of London for use by students of the Midrash]. On f. 4v. marginal note signed by David Meldola (see below). ff. 299. Stained in places, few edges frayed. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, front board detached. 4to. Vinograd, Venice 794; Habermann, di Gara 144.

Venice: Giovanni di Gara 1594

Est: $1,200 - $1,500
PRICE REALIZED $1,600
The previous owner David Meldola (1797-1853) a noted Talmudist and Hebrew poet, succeeded his father Raphael Meldola as Haham of the Sephardi Community of London. See J. Picciotto, Sketches of Anglo-Jewish History (1956) p. 487, n. 14.