Lot 32 of 222:
1516 Hebrew Bible printed by Daniel Bomberg   

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Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
[Biblia Hebraica Rabbinica]
Author:
Place:
Venice
Publisher:
Bomberg Press
Date:
[1568]
Description:

Volume II (of 4) only. 209 leaves. Text in Hebrew, in 2 columns surrounded by extensive commentary. Title-page with elaborate woodcut border in the form of a doorway. (folio) 40x26 cm. (15¾x10¼"), modern cloth.

Rare single volume from the 1568 printing of the Rabbinic Bible - the Mikraot Gedolot -  printed by the Bomberg Press, consisting of the Hebrew text plus rabbinical commentaries, originally issued between 1516 and 1517. This is the second volume, traditionally called "First Prophets" consisting of the Books of Joshua through Kings II. Daniel Bomberg, founder of the Bomberg Press, a Christian born in Antwerp, found a ready audience among the Jews of Italy, whose numbers had been swelled by exiles from Spain and Portugal, and the Bomberg Press eventually produced some 230 Hebrew books, his innovations in Hebrew typography setting the standard for later printers.

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Condition:
Title-page with top 4" or so excised, affecting the top of the woodcut doorway and several lines of text on verso; occasional mostly marginal repairs within, some minor marginal worming and staining; overall very good. Any early editions in this large format are rare.
 
Item number:
244614
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