Utrecht: Henrik Versteegh, 1663. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. , 461, pp. Bound in half-vellum over decorative paper-covered boards. Speckled edges. Publisher's device on title page. Decorative initials. Marginalia at rear. Marginalia. Separate half-title for the Spicilegium with woodcut vignette depicting the Jerusalem Temple. Contains index at rear. With 12 woodcut vignettes in the text. Some of these woodcuts depict comtemporary Jewish life in the Netherlands; they appear as copper plate engravings in the revised second edition of 1682. Rubens (first edition) 1083-1090. Steinschneider, Bibl. Handbuch 1147.
First edition of this introduction to Old Testament Biblical studies including discussions of the historical setting, important early versions, and the Talmud. "Biblical commentaries were a natural and important product of Hebrew learning after 1560. Broadly speaking these commentaries can be divided into three kinds: pedagogical, philological, and exegetical. Pedagogical commentaries provided either in Latin-Hebrew printings of Jewish Bible commentaries on individual biblical books, or substantial excerpts from them. The purpose of such imprints was to help students learn to read commentary Hebrew." (Stephen G. Burnett, Christian Hebraism in the Reformation Era). Leudsen was among the eminent Protestant contributors to this genre.
Text in Latin with few Hebrew passages. Binding with very light wear along edges. Vellum and paper boards with light staining and lightly rubbed. Small dealer sticker on inside front cover. Spine lightly cocked. Up to page 15 with light water staining at lower foredge. Light age-toning of block. Very good condition. Item #50607