New York: Maimonides Publishing Co., 1927. Hardcover. Quarto. 54, 446, XIIpp. Original black cloth with gilt portrait of Maimonides with gilt reproduction of his signature on front board. Hold lettering on spine. Title-pages in English and Hebrew. First volume of this work including the following sections: Yesodei Hatorah, Deot, Teshuva and the notes in English include an analysis of the structures of the Rabad. Text in Hebrew and English. Spine slightly sunned with minor chipping at head. Corners bumped. Minor age-toning throughout. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g. Item #25436
R. Moses Maimonides (Rambam) was a 12th century Jewish philosopher and halachic legal scholar. A highly controversial figure, both during his lifetime and after his death, but generally acknowledged as the preeminent Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages. He was born in Córdoba, Spain but fled as a child from the Almohad persecution. He eventually settled in Egypt where he served as a rabbi, physician and philosopher. His fourteen-volume Mishneh Torah, his only work not in Arabic, still carries canonical authority, particularly within the Yemenite Jewish community, as the codification of Talmudic law. His other work includes a commentary on the Mishnah entitled Kitab al-Siraj, Kitab al-Fara'I, a book on precepts, and the philosophical work Dalalat al-Ha'irin, known in Hebrew as the Moreh Nevukhim, The Guide to the Perplexed. The major premise is an attempted philosophical/theological reconciliation of the Hebrew Bible and Greek knowledge. This work came to play a central role in all subsequent major controversies over philosophy within the Jewish community during the Middle Ages.