Basileae: Johan. Jacobum Deckerum (1661) Ludovici Regis (1640), 1640 - 1661. Third revised (1661) Second edition (1640). Hardcover. 12 Mo. Original full vellum with handwritten lettering on spine. 1) Synagoga Judaica: Third revised edition. (34) 779 (38) pp. Title-page in red and black lettering. Fascinating work on Jewish rituals and traditions. Latin translation of this originally in German published work. Johannes Buxtorf the Elder was a celebrated Hebraist, born in Westphalia, member of a family of Orientalists; professor of Hebrew for thirty-nine years at Basel and known by the title, "Master of the Rabbis". He was succeeded by his son, who also became a renowned professor. 2)De Abbreviaturis Hebraicis: , 472, pp. Second edition of a Latin reference work of abbreviations in Hebrew from the Talmud. (First published in 1613). Includes at end a bibliography of Rabbinical literature. Title-page with woodcut vignette. Closed tear of 1.5' on top of front joint. Minor soiling to binding. Previous owner's signature and ex-library sticker on free front endpaper. Hinges starting. Interior in very good condition. Item #11654
Johannes Buxtorf the Elder was a 17th century Hebraist, who served as professor of Hebrew for thirty-nine years at Basel and known by the title "Master of the Rabbis." He was one of the most important Christian Hebraists of his day and was largely responsible for transforming Hebrew studies from an amateur hobby into an established academic discipline in the early seventeenth century. He was succeeded by his son Johannes Buxtorf the Younger, who also became a renowned professor.