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First edition of an account of the Jesuit Mission in Syria,
with a description of the region & people

BESSON, Joseph. La Syrie Sainte. Ou la mission de Jesus et des peres de la compagnie de Jesus en Syrie.
Paris, Jean Henault, 1660. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a folding engraved map of Syria (including Lebanon, eastern Cyprus, and Palestine as far south as Gaza and the Dead Sea), with an inset map of the Lebanese coast from Beirut to Lebanese Tripo. Contemporary mottled tanned sheepskin, with gold-tooled fillets on the spine and boards. Full description
€ 11,000
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Criticism on all religions, proving Islam the true religion

CLOOTS (CLOOTZ), Anacharsis. La certitude des preuves du mahométisme, ou réfutation de l'examen critique des apologistes de la réligion mahométane. Par Ali-Gier-Ber, Alfaki.
London [= the Netherlands, probably Amsterdam], 1780.
With (2). CLOOTS, Anacharsis. Lettre sur les Juifs, a un ecclésiastique de mes Amis, lue dans la séance publique du Musée de Paris, le XXI Novembre 1782. Par. M. le B. d. C. d. V. d. G.
Berlin, 1783. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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1612 introduction to Kabbala, in Hebrew

HOROWITZ, Shabbethai Sheftel. Sefer Shefa' tal.
Hanau, Hans Jakob Henne (Henah), [5]372 [= 1611/12]. Folio (31 x 20 cm). With about 15 woodcut illustrations in the text. Set in meruba Hebrew types with extensive passages in semi-cursive rabbinical. Later 17th-century blind-tooled vellum, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 4,500
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First Dutch edition of Flavius Joseph's works and of Basnage's continuation, with 300 illustrations, some by Jan Luyken

JOSEPHUS, Flavius. Alle de werken.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1704. With richly engraved frontispiece, title-page with engraved oval portrait of Flavius Josephus, 2 folding engraved maps, 12 double-page engraved plates (1 with 4 illustrations), 3 plans of Jerusalem and its Temple, and 209 engraved illustrations in text.
With: (2) BASNAGE DE BEAUVAL, Jacques. Vervolg op Flavius Josephus, … Eerste[-Tweede] deel.
Amsterdam, Gerard Onder de Linden; Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1726-1727. With richly engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of the dedicatee, Egidius van Bempden, burgomaster of Amsterdam, engraved dedication plate with Van Bempden's arms at the head of an architectural frame, engraved portrait of Basnage, 4 folding letterpress genealogical and other tables, 1 engraved illustration plate, and 90 engraved illustrations in text. 2 works in 3 volumes, bound as 2. Folio. Uniform contemporary blind-tooled vellum, each board with a large scrollwork centrepiece and 4 cornerpieces in a double frame of fillets. Full description
€ 3,900
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First edition of 315 13th-century questions and answers
concerning Jewish law and customs

MEIR ben BARUCH of Rothenburg. Sefer she'elot u-teshuvot.
Cremona, Vincenzo Conti, [5]317 [= 1557]. 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With the title in a 4-piece woodcut border, a decorative woodcut factotum and a typographic vine-leaf ornament (Vervliet 7). Set in semi-cursive (rabbinical) Hebrew type with Sephardic meruba (square) Hebrew for the title, headings, etc. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 9,500
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Two first editions of theological works by the Portuguese rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel,
important for the history of Jewish-Christian relations in tolerant 17th-century Amsterdam

MENASSEH Ben Israel. De creatione problemata XXX: cum summariis singulorum problematum, & indice locorum Scripturae, quae hoc opere explicantur.
Amsterdam, the author, 1635.
With: (2) MENASSEH Ben Israel. De resurrectione mortuorum libri III. Quibus animae immortalitas & corporis resurrectio contra Zaducaeos comprobatur: caussae item miraculosae resurrectionis exponuntur: deque judicio extremo, & mundi instauratione agitur...Amsterdam, the author, 1636. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 6,000
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Extensive work on Mosaic law, with a section on Arabian horses

MICHAELIS, Johann David. Mosaïsch recht, of de ziel der wetten van Moses; ...
Including: Byvoegsels en verbeteringen op het Mosaïsch recht, ... achter aan eenige byzonderheden over de oudste geschiedenisse der paarden en stoeteryen in Palaestine en de nabuurige landen, in zonderheid Aegypten en Arabien.
Haarlem, Jan van Walré, 1781-1782 (part 1-2); Jan Bosch, 1774-1776 (part 3-6), 1778 (part 7). 7 parts in 3 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary, uniform half calf, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 750
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Second known complete copy of the first issue of Shabbethai Bass’s 1680 Amsterdam Hebrew Torah
including the first edition of his important supercommentary on Rashi’s commentary
only large-paper copy known to us for any issue

[PENTATEUCH]. Hamisah humse Torah.
Including:
Hamesh megillot [= Five scrolls].
Haftarot [= Partings].
Amsterdam, Uri Fayves ben Aaron Halevi [for Shabbethai ben Joseph Bass], [chronogram:] [5]440 [= 1680]. Large 4to (23.5 x 18.5 cm). With an engraved architectural title-page. Set in 2 columns in Sephardic meruba Hebrew types, with extensive notes in rabbinical (semi-cursive) Hebrew. Contemporary gold-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 8,500
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The feasts of Israel as parables of time and the age of the world

ROBBERTSZ. LE CANU, Robbert. Korte inleydinge der feesten Israels, twelck rechte tijtkaarten zijn, waer in ghy sien meucht hoe veel groot jaaren die werelt ghestaan heeft, ende hoe veel groot jaren datse noch staan sal, ende in wat groot jaar datse vergaan sal.
[Amsterdam, Robert Robertsz. le Canu?], 1593. 4to. With 7 folding engraved plates, each with 4 to 7 small engravings of biblical scenes, 6 of the plates with the scenes positioned in a 24.5 cm diameter circular chronological diagram, but set in a linear diagram in the other (8 x 28 cm), and 8 woodcut diagrams in the text. With the compartments in the diagrams coloured by a contemporary hand. Late 19th-century half mottled sheepskin. Full description
€ 9,500
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