Gerondi, Sefer hayirah, Amsterdam, Menasseh ben Israel, 1627, modern crushed morocco
Sefer hayirah [edited by Salom ben Joseph Gallego]. Amsterdam: Menasseh ben Israel, 1627
16mo (87 x 60mm.), printed in Hebrew type, interleaved with blank leaves throughout, many of which contain a manuscript translation of sections into Latin, modern crushed brown morocco gilt, occasional light damp-staining
RARE. An early pocket-sized publication from the press of Menasseh ben Israel, where Gallego worked as corrector and editor. Jonah Gerondi was a thirteenth-century Catalan rabbi whose work on ethics, discussing the behaviour appropriate for a God-fearing man, first appeared in print in c. 1492-1496. It is now thought that the attribution to Gerondi may be spurious.
The partial translation into Latin of this copy indicates that it was read by a non-Jewish scholar who was competent in Hebrew, but unfortunately we do not have a name for the translator.
Fuks, Hebrew Typography in the Northern Netherlands 146 (listing 2 copies); STCN 097770221 (listing a copy in Amsterdam)
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