Basileae (Basel): Ludovici König, 1640. Second edition. Hardcover. Folio (15 1/2 x 10 1/4"). , 2680 columns (1440pp), pp (Index). Modern full brown morocco, with gilt-lettered leather label on spine. Raised bands. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials.
Begun by Johannes Buxtorf in 1609, and completed by his son in 1639, this second edition of "Lexicon chaldaicum, talmudicum et rabbinicum" immediately became a standard reference work for Christian scholars in Jewish studies. (a new but very imperfect edition was published as late as 1866).
Because of the time needed to be completed, the "Lexicon chaldaicum, talmudicum et rabbinicum" has often been referred to as the "opus triginta annorum," work of thirty years (1609-1639).
Integrating a variety of Roman, Italic, Greek, Hebrew and Gothic typefaces, this lexicon is also an impressive example of 17th century printing.
The text, in two columns, is arranged alphabetically according to the Hebrew alphabet, however, the text itself is in Latin.
Unfortunately, this work is lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait of Johannes Buxtorf and the additional engraved title.
Moderate rubbing along front joint. Gold lettering mostly faded on title label. Modern endpapers and fly leaves. Previous owners' inscriptions pasted on inside of front cover. Lower corner of title page expertly repaired. Most pages foxed / age-toned throughout. Text in Latin with some Hebrew. Binding in overall good+, interior in good to good+ condition. g to g+. Item #43159
About the author: Johannes Buxtorf (1564-1629) was a celebrated Hebraist, member of a family of Orientalists; professor of Hebrew for thirty-nine years at Basel and was known by the title, "Master of the Rabbis." His massive work, "De Synagoga Judaica" (1st. ed. 1603), scrupulously documents the customs and society of German Jewry in the early modern period. Buxtorf was the father of Johannes Buxtorf the Younger.