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Lot #    26911
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 11:19:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer ha-Mevakkesh
Title (Hebrew)    ספר המבקש
Author    [First Ed.] R. Shem Tov ibn Falaquera
City    The Hague
Publisher    דפוס (יהודא) ליב זוסמנש ומשותפו Munnikhuizen .H .J
Publication Date    [1778]-(9)
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [8], 48 ff., 200:116 mm., light age staining, nice margins, old hands. A good copy bound in contemporary full leather over boards, later spine, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Written by the Author when he was approximately 38, he expanded upon the material treated in his Reshit Hokhmah and rewrote it in the form of a maqama, entitled Ha-Mevakkesh (first ed. The Hague, 1778). In this work a young student (ha-mevakkesh; "the seeker") debates with people of various types in order to gain clarification of the road he must take. Following the advice of a philosophically trained scholar, he studies mathematics, astronomy, music, logic, and natural science. However, he is not content until he has studied metaphysics.

R. Shem Tov b. Joseph ibn Falaquera (c. 1225–1295), philosophical author and translator. Little is known about his life. Born in Spain, it appears that he lived in the border provinces of Spain and France. He was a prolific writer, well versed in Islamic and Greek philosophy. His writings are representative of the scientific and philosophic thought of the Jews of his time. Over 15 of his works have been published.

          
Paragraph 2    כתב ... הרב שם טוב בן פאלקירא ... לדעת ... איזה דרך שיבור לו האדם ... מבקש ה' ... כמוס עמדי ... עד בואי הנה ... נתתיו לכהן ... ר' בנימין מעלי הכהן נר"ו ... למען דפוס ... אנכי ... מרדכי תמה ...

בשער: "נדפס פה ק"ק האג הבירה סמוך לק"ק אמשטרדם". שמות שתי הערים באותיות בולטות. בשער: בשנת מבקש יי אשרהו [תקל"ח]. בחישוב השנה, אותיות יי עולות כמספר שם הוי"ה 26. הסכמה: תקל"ט. דף [4,ב]: 1779. דף [4]: מכתב-הקדשה בצרפתית לפרנסי בורדו מאת Tama Mordechay. דף [7-8]: לוח הטעיות. עי' ההוצאה הבאה [קעניגסבערג תרי"ח].

הסכמות: ר' שאול הלוי, האג, ד אב תקל"ט; ר' שאול [לעווענשטאם], אמשטרדם, ב אב תקל"ז; ר' שלמה שלם, אמשטרדם, י מנחם-[אב] [תקל"ח]; ר' אברהם [ב"ר יהודה], ראטרדם, כב מנחם-[אב] תקל"ז; ר' חיים יוסף דוד אזולאי, [אמשטרדם], תקל"ח.

          
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   CD-EPI 0106457
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Holland:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Ethics
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica