40 88 (ITALY) Israel Benjamin Bassani. La Corona Estense [dedicatory Hebrew poems with Italian translation]. 14 Hebrew sonnets with Italian translation face-`a-face. Engraved vignette on title. Initial letters (both Hebrew and English) within engraved historiated surround. Several engravings of landscapes and seascapes. ff. (38). Marginal wear. Modern marbled wrappers within custom slipcase. Folio. [Vinograd, Venice 1889.] Venice, Guglielmo Zerletti, 1753. $500 - $700 ❧ Israel Benjamin Bassani (1703-1790), Rabbi of Reggio, was the son of Isaiah Bassani, Rabbi of Padua, who is best remembered today as the teacher and defender of Moses Chaim Luzzatto (Ramcha”l). Some of R. Israel’s halachic responsa appear in his father’s work ‘Lachmei Todah’ (Venice, 1741). This collection of sonnets was presented to Francesco III of Este, Duke of Modena, upon the birth of a son. See JE, Vol. II, p. 585. 86 (ISRAEL, LAND OF) Thomas Fuller. A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament Acted Thereon. FIRST EDITION. Additional armorial frontispiece and allegorical title-page. 27 double- paged engraved maps, views, Temple plans and artifacts. LARGE FOLD-OUT MAP OF THE HOLY LAND preceding p.1 (loose). pp. (12), 439, 202, (18). Opening title with loss to upper corner affecting decorative border, final leaf with clear tear affecting text. Lightly discolored. Modern full chestnut calf. Folio. [Laor 278-295, 1024-5.] London, J.F. for John Williams, 1650. $2000 - $3000 ❧ “Pisgah-Sight is one of the great books on the typography of the Holy Land” (K. Nebenzahl, Maps of the Holy Land, pp. 128-131). Thomas Fuller (1608-61) was an English scholar and preacher. He composed Pisgah-Sight, which abounds with a wry humor, during his exile from Cromwellian England. Fuller included maps of ancient Egypt and Lebanon, as well as views of the Tabernacle in the Desert, the priestly vestments and Temple vessels. See Congregation Emanu-El Exhibition Catalogue, Borders and Boundaries: Maps of the Holy Land, 15th-19th Centuries (2002) no. 22. 87 IBN GABIROL, SOLOMON. Mivchar HaPeninim [“Choice of Pearls”]. Second edition. Opening words within elaborate woodcut border. ff. 40. Few light stains, previous owner’s marks on title. Modern calf-backed marbled boards. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Venice 271.] Venice, Daniel Bomberg, 1546. $1000 - $1500 ❧ A collection of maxims, proverbs and moral reflections.