(RaDa”K). Sepher HaShorashim [“Book of Roots” - lexicon to the Bible]

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

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Lot 123

(RaDa”K). Sepher HaShorashim [“Book of Roots” - lexicon to the Bible]

Third edition. Title page within elaborate historiated woodcut border depicting floral motifs, cherubs and a lion. Printed in two columns. Square Hebrew type, excepting names of Biblical books and pericopes in rabbinic type. Entirely complete, including the final rare leaf following the colophon. <<A Wide-Margined Copy.>> ff. 168. Title page mounted affecting a few letters of text, some losses to the elaborately decorative frame, ff. 1-6 laid to size, previous owner’s marks, text supra-lined ff. 2-15, ff. 167-8 remargined, stained in places, corners rounded, some infilled. Modern blind-tooled and paneled morocco, titles gilt on spine. Housed in custom slip-case. Folio. Vinograd, Naples 19; Steinschneider, col. 873, no. 44; Thes. A-69; Goff Heb-40; Offenberg 106; BMC XIII, p. 58; Iakerson 59.

Naples: [Joshua Solomon ben Israel Nathan Soncino] 1491

Est: $25,000 - $30,000
By the time this work came to press, Joshua Soncino had been expelled from the town of Soncino and settled in Naples were he competed directly with the printing establishment of the Gunzenhausers. He was aided in the production of this volume by Isaac ben Judah Quatorze, whose name appears in some copies in the colophon (f. 167v). The present copy makes no mention of Quatorze and has additional typographical variants on ff. 2,3,7,8,53. See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Incunables no. 42.