Later paper wrappers. Limited edition of 350 copies printed by the author. 4to. [xxiv], 499 pages ; 37 cm. Singerman, 3716. This landmark study of Jewish mysticism contains 50 engravings of Kabbalist images of the universe, the Sephiroth and priestly blessings, the Ark of the Covenant, as well as engravings of Buddha and ancient Hindu, Egyptian and Mexican deities. The volume was self-published in 1888 by Isaac Myer, a highly regarded member of Philadelphia's Numismatic and Antiquarian Society. Myer here assembles key writings on the Zohar and Kabbalistic mysticism, especially those of Ibn Gebirol (1027-70 C. E. ) , a Spanish mystic "celebrated respectively as the greatest philosopher and the greatest poet of his time. " Living in a period "when the Zohar and its connections were still in course of formation, " ibn Gebirol, known as Avicebron, is renowned for authoring The Fountain of Life (1050) , "affirmed to be the earliest known exhibition of "'the secrets of the Speculative Kabbalah" (Waite, Holy Kabbalah, 96) . He is especially famed for creating a Kabbalistic "image of the fission of the primordial ether" that vitally informs "the purely mystical theory of the intellect as a composite potency. " SUBJECT(S) : Cabala. Ibn Gabirol. Water damage throughout. Text is bright and readable. Good- condition. (AMR-48-14). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: QABBALAH : THE PHILOSOPHICAL WRITINGS OF ...
Publisher: Philadelphia : Pub. By The Author,
Publication Date: 1888
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