Amsterdam: Selomoh Props (Selomoh Proops), 5474 . Fifth printing. Hardcover. 16mo. 3.5x6". 134pp. Turquoise pebbled cloth over pebbled paper boards, gilt lettering on the spine. Marbled endpapers. The book is a complete Spanish-language translation of the biblical book Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), and Perkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), the famed collection Jewish ethical sayings taken from the Talmud. Both of these works feature Moses Belmonte's translations, which had been printed in Amsterdam since 1644. The translations are interlinear with each passage printed in Hebrew, followed by the Spanish, and in the case of Song of Songs the translation is followed by Spanish-language commentary. These works are related in their connection to the Jewish observance of Passover. Song of Songs is read on the Sabbath during Passover, and chapters from Perkei Avot are traditionally read one each week between Passover and Shavuot.
Pages 1-70 contain Song of Songs and 71-134 contain the text of Perkei Avot. As stated in the preface, this is the "Quinta Imprension" (Fifith printing) of the work, based on Belmonte's translation and that it was printed for the congregation of Rabbi Abraham de Chaves, in Amsterdam. Title page bordered with a decorative woodblock motif. Decorative head and endpeices at the beginning and end of sections.
Text in Spanish, with passages in Hebrew and some Ladino.
Binding with some rubbing and bumping to extremities, and some rubbing, scratches and/or light soiling to the covers and spine. Interior with sporadic light foxing to the text throughout. Rear free endpaper with some period notes and scribbling in pencil. Binding tight overall. Binding in good, interior in good+ condition overall. g- to g+. Item #44045
Moses Belmonte (1619 – 1647, Amsterdam) was a poet and translator of Portuguese Jewish origin.
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