Basel: Johan Jacob Decker & Ludovici Regis a.k.a. Ludwig König, 1661 & 1629. Third edition & First edition (?). Hardcover. 2 volumes in 1. Vol. I. starting from front, Vol. II. starting from back. 12mo. In Latin. Vol. I: (34) 779p. Vol. II: (32) 462pp. Vellum with handwritten lettering to spine. Staining and scuffing to boards. Tearing and chipping to spine. Staining, scuffing and discoloration to boards. Book firmly bound. Written on parchment. Sporadic foxing and welling to pages, not affecting text. Vol. I: Some tearing to free front endpaper. Fascinating two books, one on Jewish rites, the other on Hebrew language. In Latin and Hebrew. Cover in poor, interior in good condition. fair. Item #14112
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.