Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Biblia Hebraica. Secundum Ultimam Editionem Jos. Athiae (Torah Nevi'im u-Ketuvim) [BOUND IN THREE VOLS. COMPLETE]

Amsterdam: Everardo van der Hooght, 1705. Second edition. Hardcover. Octavos. Vol.1: 5 leaves [21 leaves] 178 leaves. Vol.2: [1] 180-333 leaves, 160 leaves. Vol.3: [1] 162-352 [24 leaves]. All leaves double-sided. Period light brown calf boards with gilt-stamped ruling, tooling and lettering on the spines. Raised bands. Four illustrated (engraved) title pages throughout the volumes. Additional engraved full title page is printed in red and black with publisher's device. Decorative initials and tailpieces throughout.

A lovely set of the gorgeously printed second edition of Joseph Athias and Johannes Leusden's famous quarto Hebrew Bible of 1666-67, here published by Everardo van der Hooght, and bound in three volumes, "with Masoretic notes, as well as the corrections of the Bamberg, Stephanus, Plantini, and Aliorum editions, exquisitely adorned with various illustrative notes by Everardo van der Hooght, V.D.M." The first volume opens with Hooght's scholarly preface in Latin, followed by 5 leaves of approbation for the new edition, from various scholars and professors, including Johannes Braunius and Adriani Relandi. The four ornate copperplate-engraved title pages here include: one at the beginning of the first volume, one for the Major Prophets, one for the Minor Prophets and one for Hagiography. The full title page contains a small engraving of Moses and Aaron dressed as the High Priest, overlooking the Tabernacle in the Sinai desert.

The text, versified in both Hebrew and Arabic numerals, also contains Hooght's new Latin apparatus to aid Christian scholars. List of appropriate haftarot (order of the additional weekly readings from Prophets) according to Sephardic and Ashkenazi customs, as well as a large index citing textual differences between the Athias, Bomberg and Plantin editions. Preface in Latin, Biblical text in Hebrew, with Latin citations. Text mostly in Hebrew with some Latin.

Bindings with minor to light rubbing to extremities. Covers with some light to moderate scratches, smudges and/or stains. Save for a very few instances of minor staining (verso of leaf 168 of the second pagination), and/or period sporadic marginal notes in pencil and ink, the interiors are phenomenally clean and vibrant. Book blocks tight. Bindings in very good, interiors in near fine condition overall. vg to near fine. Item #47958

References: Darlow and Moule #5141.

Price: $1,250.00

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