23 June 1999
SHEM TOV, Joseph ibn (Spain, c. 1400-c. 1460). Commentary on Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
Copied by Shalom ben Isaac of Meseritz, [Eastern Europe], 1780
2o (370 x 240 mm).  + 131 leaves, original pagination cropped. Brown ink. Neat Ashkenazic semi-cursive script, title-page 'Sefer ha-Middot le-Aristo', in larger decorated square lettering. (Some minor staining, the text space somewhat browned, title-page with minor repair near the fold, no loss of text, generally excellent condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. r: title-page; v-v: blank; 1r-130v: text; 131rv: blank.
The author wrote the commentary, which was never printed but exists in some 15 manuscripts, in Segovia in 1455. See M. Steinschneider, Die hebrischen bersetzungen des Mittelalters und die Juden als Dolmetscher (Berlin 1893) p. 212-213; C. Sirat, A History of Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages (Cambridge 1985) p. 381-383.
Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 47, p. 19; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4715.
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