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IBN SHAHULA, Isaac.

Meshal Ha-Kadmoni. [The Primeval Fable].

Stock Code
95122
Venice, Meir Parenzo, 1547
£37,500

First fully illustrated printed book in Hebrew.

Illustrated collection of moral fables and animal stories by Isaac ben Solomon ibn Abi Sahula, in rhyming prose interspersed with verse. Ibn Sahula, who was both a scholar and a physician, was born in 1244 in Guadalajara (Castile) and was a wanderer for much of his life. He was a student under the Kabbalist R. Moses of Bugros, and wrote secular poetry until around 1281, when his outlook changed. It was then that he began to write Meshal Ha-Kadmoni.

Ibn Sahula writes that his material is original but based on the Talmud and Midrashim, and that in style he has followed the example of the prophets who presented moral lessons in allegorical form. He also sets out to demonstrate that Hebrew is as suitable a vehicle for conveying moral lessons as Arabic. The stories show both Kabbalistic and Indian influences.

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Description

Second edition. Small 4to, (18 x 12 cm); ff. 64, printer's device on title, 80 woodcut illustrations; some soiling and staining, including dampstaining at margins, owners' notes on title page and verso, a few marginal tears, most repaired, fore-edge final leaf chipped. Modern brown calf, blind fillet and corner devices, spine gilt tooled and lettered.

Bibliography

Vinograd, Venice 319; A.M. Habermann, Kiryat Sefer vol. XXIX pp. 199-203; Amram, pp. 367-71; Roth, Jewish Art, cols. 476-77; Heller, The Sixteenth cent. Hebrew book, Vol.1, pp. 332-333.

Stock ID:95122

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