Sepher Mayan Ganim - Sepher Eilim - Mayan Chathum.

AUCTION 74 | Thursday, November 09th, 2017 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 68

Sepher Mayan Ganim - Sepher Eilim - Mayan Chathum.

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Three Parts in one, two titles. Numerous astronomical and mathematical illustrations. <<Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author>> (tipped in from another copy) engraved by W. Delff after a painting by C. Duyster. Titles within typographical border. With the scarce additional introductory leaf in Latin. <<A wide-margined copy.>> (8), 190; 80; (2), 83. Portrait laid down with minor loss to caption, few light stains, Russian inscription on final page. Modern vellum with morocco spine-label and twin silk ties. 4to. Vinograd, Amsterdam 20; Fuks, Amsterdam 150-1; Silva Rosa 6.

Amsterdam: Menasseh ben Israel 1628-29

Est: $10,000 - $15,000
<<A Fine Wide-Margined Copy of One of the Great Scientific Books of Hebrew Literature.>> Includes treatises relating to geometry, algebra, chemistry, astronomy, physics, medicine and metaphysics. The Sepher Eilim has been described as: “The most sumptuously illustrated of early scientific works in Hebrew, and unique in printed Hebrew literature before the modern period.” National Library of Canada Catalogue, The Jacob H. Lowy Collection, 1981, no. 80. The author, Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, or as he is known in Hebrew, YaSha”R (Yosef Shelomo Rophe) of Candia (1591-1655), was of German descent, whose family settled on the isle of Crete (Candia) at the end of the 14th-century. In his youth, he studied medicine at the University of Padua. Delmedigo was most peripatetic, at various times he lived in Cairo, Vilna and Amsterdam and is buried in the old Jewish cemetery of Prague. See I. Barzilay, Yoseph Shlomo Delmedigo (Yashar of Candia): His Life, Works and Times (Leiden, 1974); A. Neher, Jewish Thought and the Scientific Revolution of the Sixteenth Century (1986), pp. 251-2; H. Friedenwald, Jewish Luminaries in Medical History-Catalogue (1946), p.111.