Auction 78 Rare and Important Items
May 25, 2021
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LOT 4:

Torah Nevi'im and Ketuvim in Spanish – Amsterdam, 1661 – Printed by Joseph Athias

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Torah Nevi'im and Ketuvim in Spanish – Amsterdam, 1661 – Printed by Joseph Athias
Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim translated to Spanish – Biblia en lengua Española traduzida palabra por palabra de la verdad Hebrayca, por muy excelentes letrados vista y examinada por el officio de la Inquisicion. Amsterdam: Joseph Athias, 1661. Spanish.
Fine engraved title page.
The translation in this edition is based on the famous Ferrara Bible – first complete translation of the Bible to Spanish, first printed in Ferrara in 1553. The present edition was corrected and underwent further proofreading by R. Samuel de Cazeres.
[16], 639, 642-786, 789-1325, [6] pages. Approx. 19 cm. Light-colored, high-quality paper. Good condition. Minor stains. Open tear to one endpaper. Handwritten inscription on title page. Original parchment binding (rebound), damaged and partially detached.
Seventeenth-century Amsterdam was home to a large Sephardi community. Most of its members were descendants of Marranos who emigrated from Spain and Portugal a century after the expulsion. The present Bible was printed for the members of this community who had lost familiarity with the Hebrew language.

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