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De Republica Hebraeorum Libri III.
Leiden: Elzevier, 1632 Second edition. 24mo (11,1 x 5,7 cm). (32), 372 pp. Contemporary full overlapping vellum, spine with handwritten title. One of the most sought-after of the Elzevier Republics. It belongs to the three editions in the Republics-series dealing with classical republican states, i.e. the antique Roman, Greek and Hebrew states. In this "Hebrew Republic", Cunaeus used many Jewish texts, a.o. the Mishneh Torah, authored by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Rambam, Maimonides). This work, as one of the first studies by Christian authors of the ancient Hebrew polity, is a milestone on that subject and became one of the most popular and influential works among Protestant theologians. Cunaeus depicts the ancient Hebrew Kingdom as a practical model for a Republican government. As a statement of republican theory, it influenced directly the formation of the government in the early years of the independent Dutch Republic. In his view, the Hebrew State was of a higher order than the Greek or Roman States. Cunaeus was afraid that the Dutch Republic might fall, as Athens and Rome had fallen, because of the political turbulence of that time in the United Provinces. At the end Cunaeus calls for tolerance towards the Jews. With three headpieces and several 4-, 5- and 6-line decorated woodcut-initials. Engraved title page. Especially this second edition of 1632 is rather rare, more so than the first edition of that year. Excellent and remarkably fresh copy. For a full description and more images please visit .
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