ELIAS Levita [Elijah ben Asher]. Opusculum recens Hebraicum... cui titulum... Thisbites, in quo 712. vocum... origo, etymon, & verus usus docte ostenditur & explicatur, per Paulum Fagium, in gratiam studiosorum linguae Sanctae latinitate donatum. Isny: Paulus Fagius [i.e. Paul Buchheim], 1541.
4° (223 x 166mm.). Parallel title and text in Hebrew and Latin. Contemporary German blind-stamped vellum over boards, dated 1550 (joints repaired). Provenance: Joannis Harnung (inscription dated 1550); Jesuit College at Freiburg, Breisgau (inscription dated 1664).
FIRST EDITION. Paul Buchheim (1504-1549), with financial help from a rich local merchant, set up a press at Isny in 1537. Here, aided by Elias Levita (himself reponsible for the first two Hebrew books printed in Rome), he published a number fine editions of various works in Hebrew. The reputation he built up as a result of these publications was sufficient to ensure that he was appointed to chair of Hebrew at Strassbourg university in 1544. 'VERY RARE': Steinschneider Bibliographisches Handbuch 1167 (and addenda); Adams E-124.