Prague: M. I. Landau, 1831. Hardcover. 4to. Part 1: vi,81 leaves. Part 2: 58 leaves. Three quarter leather over black cloth. Opposing Hebrew and Latin title pages. Book is extremely scarce, as OCLC lists only four libraries worldwide that own this item. Front board missing. Backstrip worn away. Minor chipping to somne edges of front endpaper. Small stamp on foot of front endpaper. Minor browning to pages due to age. Exterior in fair, interior in good condition. fair. Item #20462
Isaac Abarbanel was a fifteenth and early sixteenth century Iberian Jewish scholar and political leader, exiled from Spain in 1492. Over the course of his career he worked for the governments of Portugal, Castile, Naples and Venice. He authored a massive biblical commentary as well as works on Jewish philosophy and theology.
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