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Institutiones ad fundamenta linguae hebraeae. Quibus via panditur ad ejusdem analogiam restituendam, et vindicandam in usum collegii domestici edidit A. Schultens
apud Johannem Luzac, Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], 1737. First edition, 4to, pp. [38], 501, [38], [12] Index Locorum S. Scriptura, [72] Index Vocabulorum, [3] Corrigenda; title-page printed in red and black with engraved device, decorative engraved head- and tail-pieces and capitals; a very good and probably scarce large-paper copy, contemporary calf ruled in gilt, rebacked with original dec. gilt spine and red morocco label laid down, forecorners repaired with leather uniform with rebacking. This copy with the deco-style bookplate of Lionel Schalit (1907-1985, a leading figure in the Maccabi movement) mounted to front pastedown. Schultens (1686-1768), a professor of oriental languages at Leiden when he published this work, "was the chief Arabic teacher of his time, and in some sense a restorer of Arabic studies, but he differed from J. J. Reiske and A. I. De Sacy in mainly regarding Arabic as a handmaid to Hebrew. He vindicated the value of comparative study of the Semitic tongues against those who, like Gousset, regarded Hebrew as a sacred tongue with which comparative philology has nothing to do" (EB-11). Brunet V, 228; Graesse, VI, 319. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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