151
151
Delmedigo, Joseph Solomon (1591-1655)
SEFER MA'YAN GANNIM... 1. SOD HA-YESOD [ON ASTRONOMICAL METAPHORS]; 2. HUKKOT SHAMAYIM [EXPLANATIONS OF BOOKS 1-2 OF PTOLEMY'S ALMAGEST]; 3. GEVUROT HA-SHEM [EXPLANATIONS OF THE REST OF THE ALMAGEST, COPERNICUS' ON THE REVOLUTIONS OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES, ETC.]; 4. MA'YAN HATUM [RESOLUTIONS TO THE 70 DOUBTS AND PARADOXES POSED BY ZERAH BEN NATHAN]; SEFER ELIM [12 SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS AND 70 DOUBTS POSED BY ZERAH BEN NATHAN OF TROKI THE KARAITE TO DELMEDIGO, TOGETHER WITH ANSWERS TO SOME OF THEM WRITTEN BY DELGMEDIGO'S STUDENT MOSES BEN MEIR OF METZ]. AMSTERDAM: MENASSEH BEN ISRAEL, AUGUST 1629
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 2,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
151
Delmedigo, Joseph Solomon (1591-1655)
SEFER MA'YAN GANNIM... 1. SOD HA-YESOD [ON ASTRONOMICAL METAPHORS]; 2. HUKKOT SHAMAYIM [EXPLANATIONS OF BOOKS 1-2 OF PTOLEMY'S ALMAGEST]; 3. GEVUROT HA-SHEM [EXPLANATIONS OF THE REST OF THE ALMAGEST, COPERNICUS' ON THE REVOLUTIONS OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES, ETC.]; 4. MA'YAN HATUM [RESOLUTIONS TO THE 70 DOUBTS AND PARADOXES POSED BY ZERAH BEN NATHAN]; SEFER ELIM [12 SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS AND 70 DOUBTS POSED BY ZERAH BEN NATHAN OF TROKI THE KARAITE TO DELMEDIGO, TOGETHER WITH ANSWERS TO SOME OF THEM WRITTEN BY DELGMEDIGO'S STUDENT MOSES BEN MEIR OF METZ]. AMSTERDAM: MENASSEH BEN ISRAEL, AUGUST 1629
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 2,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Delmedigo, Joseph Solomon (1591-1655)
SEFER MA'YAN GANNIM... 1. SOD HA-YESOD [ON ASTRONOMICAL METAPHORS]; 2. HUKKOT SHAMAYIM [EXPLANATIONS OF BOOKS 1-2 OF PTOLEMY'S ALMAGEST]; 3. GEVUROT HA-SHEM [EXPLANATIONS OF THE REST OF THE ALMAGEST, COPERNICUS' ON THE REVOLUTIONS OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES, ETC.]; 4. MA'YAN HATUM [RESOLUTIONS TO THE 70 DOUBTS AND PARADOXES POSED BY ZERAH BEN NATHAN]; SEFER ELIM [12 SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS AND 70 DOUBTS POSED BY ZERAH BEN NATHAN OF TROKI THE KARAITE TO DELMEDIGO, TOGETHER WITH ANSWERS TO SOME OF THEM WRITTEN BY DELGMEDIGO'S STUDENT MOSES BEN MEIR OF METZ]. AMSTERDAM: MENASSEH BEN ISRAEL, AUGUST 1629
2 works in one volume, 4to (174 x 135mm.), text in Hebrew, woodcut initials, woodcut illustrations and diagrams, modern vellum by Lobstein-Laurenchet, lacking engraved portrait in first part, lacking leaf of Latin explanation in second part, a few small marginal repaired tears (including first title-page), first title-page repaired at edges, second title-page defective at edges and repaired with some of border supplied in facsimile
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Provenance

bought from Thomas-Scheler, Paris, 1987, Catalogue 12: Précurseurs et novateurs: Mathématiques, item 105, FF 7,500

Literature

Tomash & Williams D30; Fuks and Fuks-Mansfeld 151 & 150

Catalogue Note

Delmedigo, a rabbi, astronomer and physician born in Crete, moved to Amsterdam in 1626, where he was befriended by Menasseh ben Israel, who agreed to publish his friend's work. "The first part Sefer Elim contained mathematical and astronomical questions by the Karaite scholar Zerah ben Nathan of Troki in Lithuania... In the second part of his work called Maayan gamin he answered Zerah's questions. In the answers we find THE FIRST EXPOSITION IN HEBREW OF THE ASTRONOMICAL THEORIES OF GALILEO GALILEI ABOUT THE MOVEMENTS OF THE SUN AND THE PLANETS, as Delmedigo had become an adherent of Galileo during his student years in Italy. The book was started in September 1628 and Menasseh spared no costs for a beautiful production...". However, the elders of the Sephardic congregation decided that some of Delmedigo's text was unorthodox and Menasseh ben Israel had to agree not to print some of Delmedigo's answers about the kabbalah (Lajb Fuks and R.G. Fuks-Mansfeld, Hebrew typography in the Northern Netherlands, 1585-1815, Leiden 1984-1987, pp.104-105)

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