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Lexicon chaldaicum, talmudicum et rabbinicum : in: Buxtorfii, Johannis (Johannes

About this Item: Ludovici König, Basileae (Basel), 1640. Hardcover. Condition: g to g+. Second edition. Folio (15 1/2 x 10 1/4"). [12], 2680 columns (1440pp), [64]pp (Index). Modern full brown morocco, with gilt-lettered leather label on spine. Raised bands. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials. Begun by Johannes Buxtorf in 1609, and completed by his son in 1639, this second edition of "Lexicon chaldaicum, talmudicum et rabbinicum" immediately became a standard reference work for Christian scholars in Jewish studies. (a new but very imperfect edition was published as late as 1866). Because of the time needed to be completed, the "Lexicon chaldaicum, talmudicum et rabbinicum" has often been referred to as the "opus triginta annorum," work of thirty years (1609-1639). Integrating a variety of Roman, Italic, Greek, Hebrew and Gothic typefaces, this lexicon is also an impressive example of 17th century printing. The text, in two columns, is arranged alphabetically according to the Hebrew alphabet, however, the text itself is in Latin. Unfortunately, this work is lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait of Johannes Buxtorf and the additional engraved title.Moderate rubbing along front joint. Gold lettering mostly faded on title label. Modern endpapers and fly leaves. Previous owners' inscriptions pasted on inside of front cover. Lower corner of title page expertly repaired. Most pages foxed / age-toned throughout. Text in Latin with some Hebrew. Binding in overall good+, interior in good to good+ condition. About the author: Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629) was a celebrated Hebraist, member of a family of Orientalists; professor of Hebrew for thirty-nine years at Basel and was known by the title, "Master of the Rabbis." His massive work, "De Synagoga Judaica" (1st. ed. 1603), scrupulously documents the customs and society of German Jewry in the early modern period. Buxtorf was the father of Johannes Buxtorf the Younger. Seller Inventory # 43159

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About this Item: 1640, 1640. Folio. (xii), columns 2680, index 32 lvs. Text in Latin with Roman, Italic, Greek, Hebrew and Gothic type faces. Arranged according to the Hebrew alphabet. With engraved extra title but issued without the portrait found in some copies. Contemporary full vellum, title in manuscript on spine, some staining to the covers. Old inscriptions on title and front free endpaper. The first edition of this important dictionary which became a standard reference work for Christian scholars in Jewish studies up to the mid 19th century. Johannes Buxtorf the elder (born 1564) devoted his life to the study of Hebrew and rabbinic literature. This dictionary is his last work which he worked on for more than 20 years. After Buxtorf's death in 1629 his son spent another ten years bringing the manuscript up to date, which resulted in an almost new work. Brunet 1432. De Sacy 2666. Fürst i, 138. Smitskamp PO 172. Steinschneider 329. Seller Inventory # 34134

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About this Item: Ludovici Koenig, Basileae, 1650. Edition : First Edition. , Contemporary pig skin over board, elaborately tooled, spine with 5 raised bands and title on 2. , This is a lexicon of Chaldean, Talmudic and Rabbinical words observing the degree of similarities between the languages. In the lexicon, Johann Buxtorf II or the son describes the work of his late father, Johann Buxtorf I or the elder, based on autographical notes of the father. Many of his letters are preserved at the library of the University of Basle and are an important source for the study of the spiritual conditions of his time. The present work was started by the father and took decades to be completed by the son; and although written in the Latin language, it includes Roman, Chaldean, Greek, Hebrew and Gothic type and the organization of the text is according to the Hebrew alphabet. Regarding the origin of the Chaldeans, opinions are divided: Various sources state the geographic origin of the Chaldeans as unknown; the Bible describes the Chaldeans as a people, and again other sources as a semitic people, who migrated, before or during the 6th century B.C., possibly from the Arabian peninsula, into the Chaldean country - the area of Babylonia or southern Babylonia, the land between the lower parts of the Euphrates and the Tigris, situated in the present-day Iraq. , Size : folio (240x360mm), Frontis portrait of the author, illustrated title, blank, title, poem, dedication (7), observations and comments (3), lexicon paginated according to double columns 2-2680, index with corrections on last page (63). Upper cover stained; some crude 18th century repair to the spine; portrait, illustrated title and title repaired skillfully. Otherwise the text is clean, heavily annotated with contemporary ink on margins. Seller Inventory # B4966

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