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Lot #    10702
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 2:25:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ru'ah Hen
Title (Hebrew)    רוח חן
Author    R. Judah ibn Tibbon, Attributed to
City    Cremona
Publisher    Vincenzo Cunti
Publication Date    1566
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   20 ff., 190:131 mm., usual age staining. A good copy loose in later boards.
   R. Judah b. Saul ibn Tibbon was born at Granada, Spain, 1120; died after 1190. He left his native place in 1150, probably on account of persecution by the Almohades, and went to Lunel in southern France. R. Benjamin of Tudela mentions him as a physician there in 1160. R. Judah lived on terms of intimacy with R. Meshullam ben Jacob and with Meshullam's two sons, R. Asher and R. Aaron, whom in his will he recommends as friends to his only son, Samuel. He was also a close friend of R. Abraham ben David of Posquières and of R, Zerahiah ha-Levi, the latter of whom he freely recognized as a greater scholar than himself, and whose son he also wished to have as a friend for his own son. He had two daughters whose marriage caused him much anxiety.

R. Judah was very active as a translator, his works including the translation into Hebrew of the following: R. Bahya ben Joseph ibn Pakuda's work under the title "Torat Hobot ha-Lebabot." ; R. Solomon ibn Gabirol's work under the title "Tikkun Middot ha-Nefesh" (printed together with the first-mentioned translation at Constantinople in 1550). R. Judah ha-Levi's work under the title "Sefer ha-Kuzari" (1167; printed at Fano in 1506 and many timessince). Two works by Ibn Janah: "Sefer ha-Rikmah" and "Sefer ha-Shorashim". R. Saadia's work under the title "Sefer ha-Emunot weha-De'ot" (1186; first ed. Constantinople, 1562). Other works are attributed to R. Judah.

Paragraph 2    עם פירושו ... נדפס שנית ... "רוח חן" מיוחס לחכמים שונים: ר' יהודה אבן-תיבון, ר' שמואל אבן-תיבון, ר' זרחיה הלוי קזאני ור' אנאטולי ב"ר יוסף. בהקדמת המחבר: "מהמאמר הנכבד מורה הנבוכים יחלוף על פני, ובעמדי על קצת רמיזותיו וסודותיו... העירני המאמר ההוא... לדרוש ולחקור קצת מן הענינים המועילים בהבנת הספר".

על ספר רוח חן עיין: "לקוטים שונים שלקט הרב רבי שמואל אשכנזי מהספר הגדול תעלמות חכמה אשר החל לחבר ... הרב רבי יוסף [שלמה ב"ר אליהו דילמדיגו] מקנדיאה", בסיליאה שפ"ט-שצ"א, דף צא: "אמר המדפיס שמעתי ממ"הרר יש"ר [יוסף שלמה רופא] שזה החכם ר' אנטולי [ב"ר יוסף, דיין באלכסנדריה בזמנו של הרמב"ם] חבר הס' ... רוח חן. והוא כתב בריש אותו מאמר ז"ל: ומאמר זה מאד ינעם לרואיו. ואיש שכל מאד יחפץ יתאו".

   CD-EPI 0106584; JE
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Philosophy
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica