New York: Bloch, 1929-1932. Hardcover. 4 volumes. All are bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. vol. 1: 90pp. 40pp.; Vol. 2: 460pp. 48 pp.; vol. 3: 629pp. 59pp.; vol. 4: 635pp. 155 pp. Fore- and bottom edges uncut. Frontispiece to last two volumes. :Menorat Ha- Meor" [the illuminating candelabra] is a seminal Mussar (ethics) work by Mediaeval Rabbi Israel Alnaqua, who died at the stake (on the work and the author: see below). Minor age wear. Clean and tight. In Hebrew, with English introduction to each volume in separate pagination (see above). Very good condition. Item #18594
On the author and his work (Source; Jewish Encyclopedia):
Israel ben Joseph Alnaqua: Ethical writer and martyr; lived in Toledo, Spain; died at the stake, together with Judah ben Asher, in the summer of the year 1391. He is the author of an ethical work in twenty chapters, entitled "Menorat ha-Maor" (Candlestick). The work commences with a long poem, an acrostic on the author's name. Then follows a preface in rimed prose. The introduction to each chapter is headed by a poem, giving the acrostic of his name, Israel. It was printed in 1578. A manuscript of it is in the Bodleian. An abridgment of it was published at Cracow, 1593, under the title "Menorat Zahab Kullah" (Candlestick Wholly of Gold). It is divided into five sections, which contain observations (1) on laws in general; (2) on education; (3) on commerce; (4) on the behavior of litigants and judges in court; (5) on conduct toward one's fellow men. This is supplemented by a treatise, consisting of Talmudic and midrashic sayings and maxims, which has been published in German (Hebrew characters) in Wagenseil's Belehrung der Jüd.-Deutschen Red-und Schreibart," Königsberg, 1699.