Basel: Johan Jacob Decker & Ludovici Regis a.k.a. Ludwig König, 1661. Third revised. Hardcover. 12mo. (34), 779pp. (38). Vellum with handwritten lettering to spine. Engraved title page. Work on Jewish rituals and traditions by Johannes Buxtorf the Elder. Text in Latin with some Hebrew insertions. Age wear to binding, with boards stained and slightly bent. Minor browning, sporadic foxing. Bottom of title page missing, not affecting text or engraving. Overall though, clean and tight. Very good condition. vg. Item #18087
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.