Basilae (Basel): Io. Frob (Johann Froben), 1525. Second edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. 6 3/4x5". [368 unpaginated leaves]. Rebound in modern dark brown leather boards with blind-stamped decorative tooling on the covers and spine. Gilt lettering on the spine. Raised bands. Title page illustrated with the printer's decorative woodcut device. Mounted alphabetical leather tabs along the side edges, from a previous owner, circa the early 18th century.
The work is a biblical Hebrew (and Aramaic) - Latin dictionary from famed cartographer, cosmographer and Christian Hebraist, Sebastian Munster (1488 – 1552). This is the un-revised second edition of Munster's work, originally published in 1523, under a different Hebrew title, and a modified Latin subtitle. The original impetus for the creation of this work was said to be Munster's dissatisfaction with the dictionary of the final volume of the Complutensian Polyglot Bible (Biblia Complutensis, 1517). He instead returned to earlier source material and created this work based on Elia Levita's transaltion of "Sefer Ha-Shorashim" (Book of Roots), the Hebrew-language dictionary created by acclaimed medieval rabbi David Kimhi (RaDaK).
This work, which was highly popular in its day with scholars and theologians, went through a total of six editions, all published by Johann Froben or his son Hieronymus Froben, with the 1564 being the last.
The book is printed in Hebrew orientation, from right to left, and organized alphabetically according to the Hebrew. The text of the Hebrew words is in larger font, with even larger text initials for each of the Hebrew letters at the beginning of each section. There is an errata sheet on the final page. A few decorative initials throughout.
Text in Latin and Hebrew.
Interior with some chipping, creasing, rubbing, and/or staining to the top corner of the first section of pages. Some sporadic additional water stains and/or smudges to some pages throughout, usually in the margins and unaffecting the text. Minor to light worming to the bottom margins throughout, with text unaffected. Leaf 147 with a tear aling the side margin, and a few other pages with small closed tears along the edges. Top and bottom edges of the book block lightly stained. A few sporadic marginal Latin notes in ink from a previous owner, throughout, including the top of the title page and the bottom of the final page. Binding in fine, interior in good+ to very good- condition overall. g+ to fine. Item #44621
Alternate titles: Makrey dardekey, Miqrey dardaqey, Maqre dardeqe, Makre dardeke, Miqrê dardaqê, Makre Dardaki, Sefer has-shorashim im nigzarim.
Hebrew title: מקרי דרדקי,
References: PRIJS #20, p.37. Also see #14, p. 26 for the first edition.
BERMEISTER, S. 11, 41.