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Lot #    10534
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:37:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Discourses of the Ecclesiastical and Civil
Title (Hebrew)    Policy of the Jews
Author    [First Ed.] Isaac Abendana
City    London
Publisher    Samuel Ballard
Publication Date    1706
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [8], 200 pp., 165:101 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary leather boards, rubbed on edges.
   From 1692 to 1699 Abendana published a series of annual Jewish almanacs for Christian use, with learned supplements which he collected and republished later in a single volume.

Isaac Abendana (c. 1640-c. 1710), scholar of Marrano origin, younger brother of Jacob b. Joseph Abendana. In 1662 lsaac went to England, where from 1663 he taught Hebrew at Cambridge and prepared for the university a translation of the Mishnah into Latin, receiving much encouragement from the local scholars. The work was completed in 1671 but remained unpublished; the manuscript, in six quarto volumes, is preserved in the Cambridge University Library. During this time, Isaac had been selling Hebrew books and manuscripts to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and he moved to that city in 1689, teaching Hebrew at Magdalen College and elsewhere.He was in correspondence with several outstanding English scholars, especially Ralph Cudworth, master of Christ's College and regius professor of Hebrew at Cambridge.

   Transcations of the Jewish Historical Society of England, v. VIII, p. 117; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Bindings:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica