• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 236

    LEVITA, Elijah Ben Ahser Ashkenazi. Meturgeman [in Hebrew]: Lexicon Chaldaicum. Isny: [Paul Fagius], 1541. 4° (290 x 200mm). Square Hebrew type, woodcut printer's device on 28.4 (last 2 leaves torn with some loss affecting a few letters, some spotting), later vellum (text-block detached, label chipped, soiled). Provenance: Pusey House Library, Oxford (ink stamps to pastedowns, title and final leaf).

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    LEVITA, Elijah Ben Ahser Ashkenazi. Meturgeman [in Hebrew]: Lexicon Chaldaicum. Isny: [Paul Fagius], 1541. 4° (290 x 200mm). Square Hebrew type, woodcut printer's device on 28.4 (last 2 leaves torn with some loss affecting a few letters, some spotting), later vellum (text-block detached, label chipped, soiled). Provenance: Pusey House Library, Oxford (ink stamps to pastedowns, title and final leaf).

    RARE FIRST EDITION of the first dictionary for the Targum, with a Latin introduction by Fagius. Levita, responsible for the first two Hebrew books printed at Rome, was instrumental in furthering the study of Hebrew in Christan circles. In publishing this and other Hebrew works with Levita's assistance, Fagius's reputation grew sufficiently to secure him the chair of Hebrew at Strassburg University in 1544. RLG lists copies only at the Bavarian State Library. Cf. Adams L-121 (the second edition, with an additional final gathering A6).


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