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Reuchlin, Johannes.
DE ARTE CABALISTICA LIBRI TRES LEONI X DICATI. HAGENAU: THOMAS ANSHELM, MARCH 1517
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Reuchlin, Johannes.
DE ARTE CABALISTICA LIBRI TRES LEONI X DICATI. HAGENAU: THOMAS ANSHELM, MARCH 1517
Estimate
3,5004,500
LOT SOLD. 4,560 GBP
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Reuchlin, Johannes.
DE ARTE CABALISTICA LIBRI TRES LEONI X DICATI. HAGENAU: THOMAS ANSHELM, MARCH 1517
folio (282 x 203mm.), large woodcut coat-of-arms of the author on title-page, some Hebrew and Greek text, woodcut initials, modern vellum, first few leaves partly detached, slightly chipped and with a few small wormholes in margins
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Provenance

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), artist

Literature

Wellcome 5436; Caillet 9333

Catalogue Note

first edition. This second work on the Kabbalah by Reuchlin, written after he had acquired some knowledge of Hebrew and begun to collect kabbalistic texts, was significantly more substantial than his first (see previous lot). Also written in the form of a dialogue, this time between a Pythagorean (Philolaus), a Muslim (Marranus) and a Kabbalist (Simon ben Eliezer), the work is dedicated to Leo X. It was defended by Luther against the antisemitism of Johann Pfefferkorn and others, and was later listed on the Index librorum prohibitorum issued by Paul IV in 1559.

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