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Lot #    10540
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:43:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Yetzira
Title (Hebrew)    ספר יצירה
Author    [Kabbalah] Joanne Stephano Rittangelio, Translator
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Ioannes & Iodocus Ianssonii
Publication Date    1642
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition of translation. [8], 208 pp., 190:140 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins, small repair in title. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   The Book of Creation, the earliest extant Hebrew text of systematic, speculative thought. Its brevity - no more than 1,600 words altogether even in its longer version - allied to its obscure and at the same time laconic and enigmatic style, as well as its terminology, have no parallel in other works on related subjects. The result of all these factors was that for over 1,000 years the book was expounded in a great many different ways, and not even the scientific investigations conducted during the 19th century succeeded in arriving at unambiguous and final results.

f.t.: id est Liber Iezirah qui Abrahamo Patriarchae edscribitur, una cum commentario Rabi Abraham ... Translatus & notis illustratus a Joanne Stephano Rittangelio...

Paragraph 2    ספר יצירה עם תרגום לאטיני מאת יוהאן סטפאן ריטאנגל. "ושתבין... כל הענינים בסודותם הבאיתי [!] גם קצת מקומות... מתורת ה'... וכתבי החכמים אשר בחכמה האמיתית... כדי שתהיה לך למפתח בקבלה" (הקדמת המתרגם, עמ' [6]). עברית ולאטינית, טור מול טור.
   CD-EPI 0154965; EJ; BE 881.14; Roest suppl. # 1482
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Latin, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica