Rotterdam: Jan Daniel Beman, 1731. Third edition. Hardcover. 12mo. , 548, 44pp. Original full vellum. Engraved frontispiece. Printer's device on title-page. Decorative initials. Profusely illustrated with 4 folding engraved plates by Jan Luyken. Johannes Buxtorf the Elder 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. His book, "Schoole der Jooden" presents a recognizable if unsympathetic portrayal of the life of Jews in contemporary Germany. Buxtorf's work had far-reaching and long-lasting influence, appearing in a wide variety of editions and languages over the next century. Some soiling and age-toning on binding. 1" closed tear on upper back joint. Minor age-toning along paper margin. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Ex-library copy (Reichinstitut für Geschichte des neuen Deutschlands) with library stamp on free front endpaper, fly leaf and title page. Back hinge starting. Text in Dutch. Binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. g. Item #28935
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.