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Pocket-sized Hebrew bible printed by Raphelengius in Leiden

[BIBLE - OLD TESTAMENT - HEBREW]. Hamisah humse Torah ... Nevi'im rishonim ... Nevi'im aharonium ... Sefer Ketuvim ...
Leiden, Franciscus II Raphelengius, [5]370 [= 1610]. 4 volumes bound as 1. 24mo in 8s (11 x 6 cm). Set in sephardic meruba Hebrew types (unpointed), with the imprints in semi-cursive (rabbinical) but the place of publication in meruba. Gold-tooled mottled calf (ca. 1720?). 264; 227, [1 blank]; 238, [2 blank]; 287, [1 blank] pp., vols. 1-2 with arabic numerals, 3-4 with Hebrew. Full description
€ 8,500
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First edition of a very important work on the early history of Judaism
and the Jewish people profusely illustrated by Jan Luyken

GOEREE, Willem I. Mosaïze historie der Hebreeuwse kerke, zoo als dezelve was in de stam-huyzen der H. Vaderen des Ouden Verbonds, voor en onder de belofte; en in alle die plegtelijke toebereydzelen van het dienstbaar Jerusalem; door welke de goddelijke wetgeever Moses, een ceremoniële godsdienst aan den berg Sinai heeft ingesteld; ...
Amsterdam, Willem I Goeree, sold by Willem II & David Goeree, 1700. 4 volumes. Folio (34.5 x 22.5 cm). With 4 engraved frontispieces signed by Jan Luyken, a large portrait of Willem Goeree I, 78 further plates (19 folding (ca. 30 x 57-85 cm)), 27 double-page (including 2 maps) and 32 full-page (including 2 maps), and 12 half-page engravings in the text. Contemporary calf with double gold fillets along the edges of the boards, gold-tooled spines, mottled edges. [52], 728, [20]; [12], 804, [20]; [16], 756, [16]; [12], 694, [16] pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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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. [10], 94 ll. Full description
€ 8,500
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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: (2) BASNAGE DE BEAUVAL, Jacques. Vervolg op Flavius Josephus.
Amsterdam, Gerard Onder de Linden; Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1726-1727.
2 works in 3 volumes, bound as 2. Folio. Ad 1 with a richly engraved frontispiece, a title-page in red and black with engraved oval portrait of Flavius Josephus, divisional title, 2 folding maps, 12 double-page plates, 3 plans, and 209 illustrations in text, all engraved. Ad 2 with a richly engraved frontispiece, 2 title-pages, the first in red and black with Onder de Linden's device, the second with Boitet's device, engraved portrait of the dedicatee, dedication plate and portrait of Basnage; 4 folding letterpress genealogical and other tables, 1 engraved illustration plate, and 90 engraved illustrations in text. Uniform contemporary blind-tooled vellum, each board with a large scrollwork centrepiece and 4 cornerpieces in a double frame of fillets, hand-lettered spine titles. [40], 782, [30], 113, [11]; [44], 658, [14], 659-1940 pp. Full description
€ 3,900
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13th-century history of Sindh

[KUFI, `Ali Ibn-Hamid al-] (Mirza KALICHBEG FREDUNBEG, transl.). The Chachnamah, an ancient history of Sind, giving the Hindu period down to the Arab conquest ...
Karachi, at the Commissioner's Press, 1900. 8vo. Original publisher's cloth-backed printed wrappers. [4], XI, [1], 198 pp., [1 blank] leaf, [199]-207, [1] pp. Full description
€ 2,800
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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. [16], 156, [2], [2 blank]; [40], 346, [6] pp. 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 (parts 1-2); Jan Bosch, 1774-1776 (parts 3-6), 1778 (part 7). 7 parts in 3 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary, uniform half calf, gold-tooled spines. [12] 346; [14], 464; [10], 259, [1 blank]; [8], 414, [2 blank]; [8], 342; [2], CXXXII, 322, [4]; [6], 210, [2] pp. Full description
€ 750
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First edition of a famous account of all religions of the world and their customs,
richly illustrated with 224 plates

PICART, Bernard (Abraham MOUBACH, translator). Naaukeurige beschryving der uitwendige godtsdienst-plichten, kerk-zeden en gewoontens van alle volkeren der waereldt; in een historisch verhaal, met eenige naaukeurige verhandelingen ontvouwen, door verscheiden aanmerkingen opgeheldert en in kunstige tafereelen afgemaalt.
The Hague, Rutgert Christoffel Alberts (vols. 1-3) and Isaac van der Kloot (vols. 3-4); Amsterdam, Hermannus Uytwerf; Rotterdam, Jan Daniel Beman, 1727-1738. 6 volumes (vols. 3, 4 & 6 in 2 parts each) bound as 3. Folio. With an engraved frontispiece, 8 title-pages (6 in red and black, each with one of 3 different engraved vignettes) plus 3 part-titles (with a woodcut decoration), 224 full-page engraved plates, including folding and double-page plates, an engraving on the dedication leaf in vol. 1 and a few engravings in the text. Uniformly contemporary mottled calf. Vols. 1-2: [30], 104, [2], 105-272, [2], 273-326, [2], 327-332, [2], 333-336, [2], 337-387, [4], [1 blank]; 324, [18] pp. Vols. 3-4: [8], 138, [2], 139-187, [5]; 229, [7]; [2 blank], 6, [2], 7-96, [2], 97-424, [31], [1 blank] pp. Vols. 5-6: [8], 368; [8], Full description
€ 5,000
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Hebrew for beginners, including alphabets of meruba, rabbinical, Yiddish and script Hebrew types

SOMMERHAUSSEN, Hartog. Hebreeuwsch spel- en lees-boekje voor eerstbeginnenden.
Amsterdam, Belinfante & Comp., J. van Embden & son, S.A. Proops, 5570 [=] 1810. 2 parts in 1 volume. Small 8vo (15.5 x 9.5 cm). With the authenticating oval stamp at the foot of the last page of the main text in part 2. Set in roman and italic type with 3 sizes of (sephardic) meruba Hebrew plus alphabets of rabbinical (semi-cursive), Yiddisch and script Hebrew types, and printed on Dutch wove paper. Publisher's original yellow, printed paper wrappers over thin boards. 24, [1], [1 blank]; 28, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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First authorized edition, with many corrections, additions and improvements by the author,
of an important work on the Jewish calendar and on Jewish customs in Palestine

SUSAN, Issachar ben Mordecai ibn. [in Hebrew:] Sefer Ibur shanim.
Venice, Giovanni di Gara, [5]339 [= 1578/79]. Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). With the title set in an elaborate woodcut architectural arch and 6 round woodcut calendrical or astrological diagrams with text. Set entirely in Hebrew type, the main text in semi-cursive (rabbinical) and the headings in meruba, each of the two styles in at least 3 sizes. Contemporary limp sheepskin wrap-around cover with flap and fastened with strap. 136 ll., including the blank leaf [108]. Full description
€ 38,000
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