Folio. XVI, , 194, pp in French, pp in Hebrew (Introductory volume); XIII, , 440, pp (Text volume).Original tan cloth, with brown lettering to spines and front covers. Books housed in their original publisher's cardboard slipcase. Frontispiece. Preserved at the Library of the University of Basel, Switzerland, "Le Glossaire de Bâle" is the second Judeo-French glossary to be published in print. Edited, annotated and introduced by Menahem Banitt (Max Berenblut), this edition of "Le Glossaire de Bâle" is published in two volumes. The first one consists of the author's introduction; the second includes the extant text from First Samuel (chapter 3;12) to the end of Amos. The manuscript, probably written in the early 13th century in the southern part of the Champagne region of France, consisted of 176 leaves divided into 22 booklets; however, a few booklets in the middle were lacking, resulting in some lacunae in First Kings, Second Kings, and Jeremiah. The entire manuscript was vocalized, and although it looks like the work of one scribe, it was done, according to the editor, by a group of scribes in a scriptorium under the supervision of a proofreader and expert scribe. The name of the supervisor seems to have been Jacob, and the name of one of the vocalizers Hayyim. Given the number of explained words and the amount of le'azim (words taken from the vernacular) suggested for each, this glossary is superior to others. The text of this edition is arranged in the order of the books of the Tanakh, printed in four columns. The first column includes the Hebrew words, numbered consecutively, together with their biblical references, followed by a column of le'azim. Underneath these two columns appear (in numerical order of the Hebrew words in the first column) the explanations and comments in Hebrew. These first two columns constitutes the text of the glossary. The editor added two more columns: One transcribes the le'azim into Roman characters; the other translates the old French words into modern French. Textual variants and annotations by the editor are printed at the bottom of the page.Slipcase age-toned and creased along edges. Text in French with some Hebrew. Slipcase in overall fair, binding and interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Le Glossaire de Bāle. 2-vol. set (Complete)
Publisher: Académie Nationale des Sciences et des Lettres d'Israël
Publication Date: 1972
Book Condition: g to vg
Edition: First edition.
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