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Bidding Information
Lot #    32510
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 12:38:50 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Biblia Hebraica
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Bible]
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Joseph Athias
Publication Date    1667
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [19], 178, 508, [2] ff., 8, 213:130 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, title and f.1 extended to size in lower margin. A very good copy bound in modern full leather over boards.
   Attractive and important Hebrew Bible (Biblia sacra Hebraea). This is the second edition of the first Hebrew Bible to employ Arabic numerals for the numeration of verses. There are four copperplate title pages. Athias, in printing this Bible, contacted Johannes Leusden, Professor of Hebrew at Utrecht University, to assist in the innovation of Arabic numerals in a Hebrew Bible, to make possible the use of text and quotations. Since Athias market included non-Jews he applied for a privilege from the states of Holland and West-Fiesland, the first such application from a Jewish printer. His application was denied but he was allowed to print this Bible. Leusden writes in his Latin preface that the text was compared to a manuscript from 1299 written in Toledo and in the possession of Gaspar Fernando Veiga.
   Fuks, Holland 393; Vinograd, Amsterdam 356
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, some Latin
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica