Salzburg: Arnsteinii et Filiorum, 1828. Second edition. Hardcover. 8vo. (12), 117 leaves, (2), 67 leaves, 84 leaves. Original three quarter calf over marbled boards with gilt lettering on green and brown labels on spine. Latin and Hebrew title-pages, plus title-pages before each of the 3 sections. Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed." First published in 1791 in Berlin and then in 1800 in Salzburg. Translated from Judeo-Arabic by Samuel ibn Tibbon. Commentary by Moses Narbonni and a contemporary commentary, "Givat Hamoreh," printed anonymously but actually by the maskil Solomon Maimon. Edited by Isaac Abraham Euchel, one of leaders of the moderate wing of the Berlin Haskalah. Prefaces by Narbonni and Maimon. Errata pages after the first and third sections. Explanation of philosophical terms. As with Moses Mendelssohn's Biur project, this work exemplifies the moderate strain within the late 18th century German Haskalah, which attempted to reform traditional Judaism using the medieval Jewish philosophical tradition exemplified by Maimonides. Text in Hebrew. Head and tail of spine with wear and chipped at head and green label. Leather broken just below brown label and at joints of spine. Corners and boards rubbed. Endpapers with offsetting in corners. Very light and sporadic foxing throughout. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good condition. fair. Item #38188
Title page info: "Auctore R. Mose Majemonide Arabico idiomate conscriptus, a R. Samuele Abben Thibbone in Linguam Hebraeam translatus, novis commentaris uno R. Mosis Narbonnensis, ex antiquissimis manuscriptis depromto; altero anonymi cujusdam, sub nomine Gibeath Hamore adauctus, nunc in lucem editus cura et impensis Isaaci Eucheli. Solisbaci, in officina arnsteinii et filiorum. MDCCC."
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.