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KIMCHI, David [aka RADAK].

Sefer HaShorashim.

['Book of Roots', ie lexicon to the Bible].

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Constantinople, printed by Ashtruk Detolon, 1513

Lexicon to the Bible by Rabbi David ben Joseph Kimchi (c.1160 1235, sometimes spelled Kimhi, also known by the acronym Radak).

This is the second variant of the fourth edition, with a blank title page (as noted by Yudlov in the Mehlman catalogue). The first word of the text ('Amar' in this variant), on the reverse of the title page is the same font size as the following text, in other variant copies this word is printed in a larger font size.

Sefer HaShorashim is actually the second part of Kimchi's grammatical work titled Michlol (or Mikhlol); the first part (Helek HaDikduk [grammar] retained the title Michlol, while the second part (Helek HaInyan [lexicon] became known as Sefer HaShorashim, a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words. The text is arranged alphabetically, in three columns. Root letters of individual words are printed in bold, followed by philological explanations and biblical citations. To

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Fourth edition, blank title page variant; small folio (285 x 200 mm). Former owners signatures to opening leaf, including 'Saul David... Segal Ish Mortara'. Opening leaf margins professionally repaired, slight worming and some staining to a few leaves, edges stained red. Modern exquisitely blind-tooled calf boards, gilt title in English to spine, housed in a custom slip-case. 132 ll.


Vinograd (Const.), 37; Mehlman 1253; Steinschneider (Cat. Bodl.), 4821, 45 col. 873 (ed. rara); Yaari 21, p.69; Heller (The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book) I, p.197; Zedner, p.200.

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