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Tiberias Sive Commentarius

Masorethicus Triplex
Historicus, Didacticus, Criticus,

By Johannis Buxtorfii, Patris

1665 - Basel - Johannis Buxtorfi

16" by 11" , (6), 108pp

 

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A scarce 1665 edition of Johannes Buxtorf's Tiberias Sive Commentarius edited by his son, Johannes Buxtorf.

Rebound in card.

Scarce. Last seen at auction in 1977 in poor condition and there sold for $100.

This text is written in Latin and Hebrew.

Rebound by a previous owner, with their ink inscription on the front pastedown.

With an informative ink inscription on the front free-endpaper, " 'This work contains a learned exposition and defence of the Masoretic doctrines; and was most learnedly assailed in the Arcanum Punctuations of Capel.' - Orme's Bibl. Biblica, p.70."

Johannes Buxtorf, 1564 1629, was a celebrated Hebraist, member of a family of Orientalists; professor of Hebrew for thirty-nine years at Basel and was known by the title, "Master of the Rabbis". His massive tome, De Synagoga Judaica, scrupulously documents the customs and society of German Jewry in the early modern period. Buxtorf studied under Heinrich Bullinger at Zrich, and Theodore Beza at Geneva.

Tiberias, sive Commentarius, first published in 1620, was improved and enlarged by J. Buxtorf the younger in 1665. It is named from the great school of Jewish criticism which had its seat in the town of Tiberias. It was in this work that Buxtorf controverted the views of Elias Levita regarding the late origin of the Hebrew vowel points, a subject which gave rise to the controversy between Louis Cappel and his son Johannes Buxtorf II.

Johannes Buxtorf the Younger, 1599 1664, was son of the scholar Johannes Buxtorf, and a Protestant Christian Hebraist. Before the age of thirteen he matriculated at the University of Basel, and in December 1615 graduated as Master of Arts there. He went to Heidelberg, where he continued his studies under David Pyrus, Abraham Scultetus, Alting, and others. Buxtorf succeeded his father, after the death of the latter, in the chair of Hebrew at the university; and so closely did he follow in his father's footsteps that it became proverbial to say, "Non ovum ovo similius quam Buxtorf pater et filius." He gained an almost equal reputation, in the same domain. Like his father, Buxtorf maintained relations with several learned Jews, and was also engaged in the sale of Hebrew books.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm. There is slight wear to the extremities, including slight bumping. Internally the pages have slight browning and scattered spotting, with occasional browned tidemarks that does not affect the visibility of the text. There are very occasional small ink annotations, and an Ex Libris ink inscription on the front free-endpaper. Overall: VERY GOOD

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