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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?). Full description
€ 8,500
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Criticism on all religions, proving Islam the true religion

CLOOTS (CLOOTZ), Anacharsis. La certitude des preuves du mahométisme, ou réfutation de l'examen critique des apologistes de la réligion mahométane. Par Ali-Gier-Ber, Alfaki.
London [= the Netherlands, probably Amsterdam], 1780.
With (2). CLOOTS, Anacharsis. Lettre sur les Juifs, a un ecclésiastique de mes Amis, lue dans la séance publique du Musée de Paris, le XXI Novembre 1782. Par. M. le B. d. C. d. V. d. G.
Berlin, 1783. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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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 richly engraved frontispiece, title-page with engraved oval portrait of Flavius Josephus, 2 folding engraved maps, 12 double-page engraved plates (1 with 4 illustrations), 3 plans of Jerusalem and its Temple, and 209 engraved illustrations in text.
With: (2) BASNAGE DE BEAUVAL, Jacques. Vervolg op Flavius Josephus, … Eerste[-Tweede] deel.
Amsterdam, Gerard Onder de Linden; Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1726-1727. With richly engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of the dedicatee, Egidius van Bempden, burgomaster of Amsterdam, engraved dedication plate with Van Bempden's arms at the head of an architectural frame, engraved portrait of Basnage, 4 folding letterpress genealogical and other tables, 1 engraved illustration plate, and 90 engraved illustrations in text. 2 works in 3 volumes, bound as 2. Folio. Uniform contemporary blind-tooled vellum, each board with a large scrollwork centrepiece and 4 cornerpieces in a double frame of fillets. Full description
€ 3,900
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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. Full description
€ 6,000
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1769 Hebrew Torah with Haftarot and a Hebrew & Portuguese calendar, in 5 volumes
in contemporary, richly gold-tooled mottled calf in memory of a Rotterdam(?) rabbi
probably bound in Amsterdam by a workshop that has so far escaped notice

[PENTATEUCH]. [Each engraved title-page (in Hebrew):] Zeh sefer ... Hamisah humse Torah tiqun sofrim ... [vols. 2-5 also with letterpress title-pages, each (in Hebrew):] Sefer ... Hamisah humse Torah ... | [and in Latin:] Quinque libri Mosis. Magno labore, & industria, accuratissimé correcti prae omnibus qui hucusque thypis fuere mandati.
Including: PIZA, Jeudah Ribi Haim. Calendario facil & curiozo em Hebraico & Portuguez, ...
Amsterdam, Gerhard Johan Janson for Israel Mondovy, 5527-5529 [= 1766-1769]. 5 volumes. 8vo. Each volume with the same elaborately decorated engraved title-page by Aaron Santeroos and with the editor's woodcut authenticating device at the end of volume 5. Set in sephardic meruba types with incidental rabbinical (semi-cursive). Contemporary, richly gold-tooled mottled calf, gold-tooled board edges, gilt edges, each volume with hundreds of impressions of about 20 tools, plus the lettering. Each board has at the head a pair of winged putti holding a crown above (in Hebrew) "k[eter] * t[orah]" and the front boards with a Hebrew inscription below: Yako[v] [son of Rabbi] Itzak Leverdin Segal of blessed memory. Full description
€ 6,950
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The feasts of Israel as parables of time and the age of the world

ROBBERTSZ. LE CANU, Robbert. Korte inleydinge der feesten Israels, twelck rechte tijtkaarten zijn, waer in ghy sien meucht hoe veel groot jaaren die werelt ghestaan heeft, ende hoe veel groot jaren datse noch staan sal, ende in wat groot jaar datse vergaan sal.
[Amsterdam, Robert Robertsz. le Canu?], 1593. 4to. With 7 folding engraved plates, each with 4 to 7 small engravings of biblical scenes, 6 of the plates with the scenes positioned in a 24.5 cm diameter circular chronological diagram, but set in a linear diagram in the other (8 x 28 cm), and 8 woodcut diagrams in the text. With the compartments in the diagrams coloured by a contemporary hand. Late 19th-century half mottled sheepskin. Full description
€ 9,500
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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. 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. Full description
€ 38,000
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