1/150. Folio (11 x 14 1/4"). XXIV, 499, pp. Uncut. Modern olive cloth with gold lettering to spine. Top edge gilt. Limitation page numbered and signed by the author. Frontispiece. Title page in red and black lettering. Signed limited first edition, large-paper copy, number 120 of only 150 copies, signed by Isaac Myer on the limitation page. (Published later the same year in an ediiton of 350 copies). 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. This striking 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."Previous owner's Ex-libris on inside of front board (David Weisberg). Slight age-toning throughout. Lower corner of frontispiece chipped and repaired with non abrasive tape (non affecting image). Modern binding in overall very good, interior in good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Qabbalah: The Philosophical Writings of ...
Publisher: Published by the author
Publication Date: 1888
Book Condition: g+ to vg
Edition: Limited First edition.
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