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ALDABI, Meir ben Isaac. (Meir Ibn Aldaby).

Shviley Emunah.

[Paths of Faith].

Stock Code
88393
Riva di Trento, Yakov Markaria, 1558
£2,500

First edition of a highly important collection of eclectic Kabbalah essays.

An exhaustive treatise on philosophical, scientific and theological subjects. The work
consists of ten chapters covering various topics such as God and his qualities; the
creation and order of the world; human anatomy, physiology and pathology; rules for
enjoying good health and long life; the soul and its functions; the redemption of Israel;
and the resurrection and afterlife.

Meir Ibn Aldabi was a 14th century Rabbi, philosopher, doctor and writer, son of
Isaac Aldabi, 'He-Chasid' (The Pious), grandson of Asher ben Yechiel (the Rosh), and
a descendant of the exiles from Jerusalem. His name is ascertained from this text,
his chief work, wherein a poem is found in which every line begins with a letter of
his name, and there it reads 'Aldabi'. Shviley Emunah considered being his most
important work.

Aldabi belonged to the class of popular writers who, possessing extensive theological
and scientific knowledge, commented upon the assertions of their

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First edition, quarto (20.5 x 15.5 cm). 130 leaves; leaves 40 to 50, leaf 71, leaf 78 and leaf 125 misnumbered. Two leaves lacking and supplied in manuscript. 11 astronomical diagrams in text, ink annotations to front free endpaper, two Christian censor's annotations passing the book and dated July 1599 and 1629 to final leaf, handwritten dedication on first page dated 1909; ink library stamp of Max Septimus to title and verso of final leaf. Modern full calf; spine sunned.

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