Basel: Ludovici König, 1629. Hardcover. Square octavo. 6.5x8" [20 leaves], 532pp. [+26 leaves of index]. Original vellum boards with blind-stamped ruling with deckled edges. The work is the second Latin translation of Maimonedes' "The Guide for the Perplexed" ever published. The first Latin translation was by Agostino Giustiniani and published in Paris in 1520 under the title "Rabbi Mossei Aegyptij Dux seu Director dubitantium aut perplexorum". Buxtorf, himself a renowned Christian Hebraist, completed his own new Latin translation, taken directly from the Hebrew translation of the text's original Judeo-Arabic by Samuel ibn Tibbon, in 1204.
Laid in at the front of the book is a 20-page folded and string-bound manuscript (most likely from the 19th cnetury), with scholarly notes in French and Hebrew terms, from a previous owner. Title page with decorative ruling surrounding the text. The text of the book is flanked by bibliographic biblical references in the side margins. Woodblock historiated initial and endpiece at the beginning and end of the main text portion of the book. 52 pages of an extensive index at the back of the book. Text in Latin with occasional Hebrew words throughout.
Binding with some rubbing to corners and edges. Chipping to one of the deckled edges. Some stains and smudges to the covers and spine. Interior with browning to the pages due to damp staining. Period notes in French on the rear free endpapers. Manuscript with some chipping, creases and closed tears, but in very good condition overall. Binding in very good-, interior in good- condition overall. g- to vg-. Item #44383
*Johannes Buxtorf, the Younger (1599 – 1664) was son of the scholar Johannes Buxtorf, and a prominent Christian Hebraist, scholar and professor at Basel University.