Auction 88 - Part I - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Maayanei HaYeshuah (Abarbanel) – Ferrara, 1551 – First Edition

Opening: $1,200
Sold for: $1,875
Including buyer's premium

Maayanei HaYeshuah, commentary on the Book of Daniel, by Don Yitzchak Abarbanel. [Ferrara, Samuel Zarfati, 1551]. First edition.
Lengthy prefaces by the author Don Yitzchak Abarbanel and by the publisher, his disciple R. Baruch Uziel Forti, containing a wealth of information about the life of Jews in Spain before and after the expulsion.
Glosses in several places (in Sephardic script). Inscriptions on title page.
Attached to the front endpaper is a leaf with an inscription in Ashkenazic script, relating to the supposed place of printing.
136 leaves. Lacking leaves 137-142 (leaves 137-139 replaced in handwriting). 18.5 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition, several leaves in fair condition. Stains, including dark dampstains. Minor wear. Worming, affecting text. Tears to title page and several other leaves, including open tears affecting engraved title page border, repaired with paper. Marginal paper repairs to several leaves, slightly affecting text. Title page trimmed with damage to upper part of border. Old binding, damaged.

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Incunabula and Early Printed Books – 15th-17th Centuries