Basileae (Basel): Sumptibus & typis Ludovici König, 1632. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio. Title page, 9, 456 leaves. Engraved title-page. Full vellum with black lettering and decorative ruling on spine. Red edges. Decorative initial, head- and tailpiece.
First edition of Johann Buxtorf's magnum opus. Unfortunately, Buxtorf did not live to complete the two works on which his reputation chiefly rests, his Lexicon Chaldaicum, Talmudicum, et Rabbinicum, and the Concordantiae Bibliorum Hebraicorum, both of which were edited by his son Johannes Buxtorf the Younger. Contains concordances of Daniel and Ezra in Aramaic at rear. Text in Hebrew and Latin; concordances at rear in Aramaic.
Binding with heavy wear along edges, fraying at lower left corner and edges smutted; front cover split at joint except for three inches at top. Ex Libris of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction on inside front cover. Inside covers reinforced with small strip of library tape along edges. Free endpaper smutted and creased along lower edges. Stamp on title page with some wear along lower edges, reinforced partially. Water staining at lower edge of first nine pages. Starting before back free endpaper. Last page and back endpaper with some creasing along upper edges. Binding in overall poor to fair, interior in good+ condition. poor to g+. Item #47768
Johannes Buxtorf the Elder was a 17th century Hebraist, who served as professor of Hebrew for thirty-nine years at Basel and known by the title "Master of the Rabbis." He was one of the most important Christian Hebraists of his day and was largely responsible for transforming Hebrew studies from an amateur hobby into an established academic discipline in the early seventeenth century. He was succeeded by his son Johannes Buxtorf the Younger, who also became a renowned professor.