BIBLE, in Hebrew. -- LATTER PROPHETS. Neviim Aharonim. With commentary of Isaac Abrabanel (1437-1508). [Italy:] Gershom Soncino, 1520.
2o (312 x 213 mm). [Collation: 1-324 33-776]. 397 leaves (of 398, final blank removed). Single or double column, 55 lines of commentary. Text in square type, headings in larger square type, commentary in smaller semi-cursive type. Title within four-part ornamental white-on-black woodcut border (as in the [1511-1512] edition). Initial words on fol. 1/2r and 60/6r in ornamental woodcut white-vine capitals, the first flanked by small decorative rabbit cuts, the second framed in woodcut white-vine and fleur-de-lys blocks. (First leaf soiled and dameaged, marginal repairs to fols. 1/1-4 and 33/1-2 catching a few letters, occasional marginal tears, some staining, quire 47 loose.) Modern blue-gray buckram.
Provenance: a few early marginalia; Rev. Aaron Levy Green (1821-1883), honorary secretary of Jews' College, London (inkstamps); Jews' College (inkstamps).
FIRST EDITION of Abrabanel's commentary on the Latter Prophets. The usual attribution of this edition to Pesaro is incorrect. M. Marx states that the book was printed "on the road [from Ottonamare to Rimini]... and consequently it was 'in the land of Italy' and not in Pesaro... [Gershom] did not put into effect his intention to go to Chieti, the capital of the province of Abruzzi, either because the laws concerning the Jews were enforced more strictly, or because the place was not sufficiently attractive. After the 3rd of June 1520, we find Rimini regularly named as the place of Gershom's activity, until finally in 1527, he leaves Italy" (Gershom Soncino's Wanderyears in Italy, 1498-1527 (Cincinnati 1969).
BM/STC Italian, p. 96; Manzoni 115; Steinschneider 5302.8; Zedner, p. 122.