Plenus Aruch: Targum-Talmudico-Midrasch Verbale et Reale Lexicon
Viennae (Vienna): Georg Brög, 1878-1892. Hardcover. Complete 8 volume set. Quarto. Original 3/4 morocco over red cloth with raised bands, gold tooling and lettering on spines. All paper edges gilt. Title-pages in Latin and Hebrew. Fascinating work being the scientific edition of the Aruch, a medieval lexicon of Talmud and Midrashic terms, issued on the basis of the first editions and of seven manuscripts, by Alexander Kohut. The Aruch is the work of a late eleventh century Italian scholar Nathan ben Jechiel of Rome and likely even influenced the commentaries of Rashi and the Tosafists. It was one of the first Hebrew books to be published. Contains an introduction and additions by the seventeenth century Hamburg physician Benjamin Musaphia. Text is mostly in Hebrew, but contains Aramaic, Latin, Greek and German. Some age-wear on bindings with rubbing and minor abrasion along edges, joints, corners and head and tail of spines. Previous owner's bookplate on inside of each front cover (Jewish Institute of Religion) and previous owner's ex-libris on inside of each back cover (Max Loewenthal and Helen Kohut Loewenthal). Slight age-toning throughout. Bindings in overall good-, interior in good to very good condition. g. Item #27946
Title page info:
"Auctore Nathane filio Jechielis Rabbino saec. XI celeberrimo, Praeside scholarum Talmudicarum Romae; cum appendice ad discendum utili per Benjaminum Mussafiam, medicum, philosophum, philogum et physicum ad contextum Aruchinum adjuncta. Ex disciplinis contextus Aruchini Venetiis (anno 1531) editi et typis mandatorum optimi, ita ex hujus cum editione princip (ante 1480), nec non cum septem Aruchinis veteribus manuscriptis bono cum animo facta comparatione corrigit, explet, critice illustrat et edit Dr. Alexander Kohut, Rabbinus V-Ecclesiis supremus. Propriis sumptibus Viennae 1878. Buchdruckerei von Georg Brõg in Wien, IX., Maria Theresienstrasse 19. Unter der Leitung von P. Smolensky."