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Lot #    32407
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 11:50:29 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Institutio Epistolaris Hebraica, Abbreviaturis
Title (Hebrew)    Florilegium Hebraicum
Author    Johannes Buxtorf I
City    Basle
Publisher    Ludovici Regis
Publication Date    1629-48
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   5, [4], 2-5, [3], ff. 462 pp.; [16], 472, [8] pp.; [8], 390, [16] pp., 8, 164:92 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins. Very good copies bound in contemporary vellum over boards, edges split.
   Three Buxtorf works in one volume:

1 - Institutio Epistolaris Hebraica (Ludovici Regis, 1629), sive de Conscribendis Epistolis Hebraicis Liber, cum Epistolarum Hebraicarum Centuria is over 100 Hebrew family and other letters of medieval scholars partly with vowels, and partly translated into Latin with explanations of words assembled by Johannes Buxtorf. The source of the letters are Hebrew epistolary guides, that is, Megillat Sefer (Venice, 1552), Iggarot Shelomim (Augsburg, 1603), and Archevoltis Maayan Gannim (Venice, 1553). First printed in 1610, this is the second and expanded edition, Cum Append. Variarum Epistolarum R. Maiemonis et Aliorum . . . Excell. Rabbinorum (36-42), that is, with Maimonides letters.

2- De abbreviaturis Hebraicis : liber novus & copiosus, cui accesserunt operis Talmudici brevis recensio, cum ejusdem librorum & capitum indice : item Bibliotheca Rabbinica nova, ordine alphabethico disposita. Impensis Ludovici Regis, 1640. Second edition.

3 - Florilegium hebraicum: continens elegantes sententias, proverbia, apophthegmata, similitudines, ex optimis quibusque, maximè verò Priscis, Hebraeorum scriptoribus, collectum & secundum Locos Communes ordine Alphabetico dispositum; Ludovici König, 1648. Only edition of this gathering of brief literary excerpts in Latin and Hebrew, alphabetically arranged by motif; the texts were collected and edited by Buxtorf the younger. The title-page bears a woodcut printer's device.

Johannes Buxtorf I (15641629), professor of Hebrew at the University of Basle, compiled an edition of the Hebrew Bible with the Aramaic Targum, Masoretic Text, and the most important Jewish commentaries, employing two Jewish scholars for this project. His other works include, Praeceptiones Grammaticae Hebraicae, 1605, a textbook of Hebrew, which ran into 16 editions, one of them in English translation (London, 1656); Lexicon Hebraicum et Chaldaicum (1607), Concordantiae Bibliorum Hebraicae (1632); Lexicon Chaldaicum Talmudicum, this last completed by his son, Johannes Buxtorf (the younger, 15991664), Bibliotheca Rabbinica, a pioneer bibliography work containing about 324 rabbinical titles; and Juden Schuel (Synagoga Judaica, Basle, 1603), which reflects Buxtorfs negative attitude towards Jews.

Paragraph 2    - 1610 Basileae, " " (' 462-360), : ... , ".
   EJ; JE; Josep Prijs, Die Basler Hebraeischen Drucke, 1964, p. 351-353, no. 230.; CD-EPI 0121769
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Latin, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica