(Gerondi, sic.) - (Attributed to). Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth [Kabbalah]. With commentary by Judah Chayyat and anonymous commentary “Paz”

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(Gerondi, sic.) - (Attributed to). Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth [Kabbalah]. With commentary by Judah Chayyat and anonymous commentary “Paz”

<<FIRST EDITION.>> On title, printer’s mark of Abraham Usque, an astrolabe and verse from Isaiah 40:31 (Yaari, pl. 22; Yudlov, p. 25). Previous owners’ inscriptions on title and f. 30, one dated 1826, including a statement that it was “Received… from the inheritance of R. Shimon Bondi.” ff. (6), 286. Some staining, slight worming on final leaves (repaired), scattered marginalia in different hands, some in pencil, paper repair on upper right corners of opening leaves affecting a few words of text. Modern morocco-backed boards. 4to. Vinograd, Ferrara 49; Adams P-668

Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque 1558

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
One of the most significant works on the Kabbalah due to its systematic treatment of all relevant themes in earlier literature. Its contribution to speculative mystic theory in pre-Zoharite Kabbalistic literature is the increased symbolism of the Sephiroth. The author quotes a multitude of names by which each Sephirah is known, each signifying a differing function. He also develops the “Adam Kadmon” theory, whereby the likeness of the order of the Divine Powers of the Sephiroth to the human body is explored. In the same year of 1558, two editions of Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth appeared, one in Mantua, the other in Ferrara. In the present Ferrara edition, the anonymous commentary is designated simply “Peirush,” whereas in the Mantua edition it bears the initials Pa”z, for “Peirush Zulath” (“Another Commentary.”) According to Scholem, the Ferrara version of the commentary has several important passages lacking in the Mantua edition. Gershom Scholem, Studies in Kabbalah I (Tel Aviv, 1998) p. 176.