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Schoole der Jooden, begrypende het geheele Joodsche Geloof.
Rotterdam Jan Daniel Beman 1731 - 8vo (15.8 x 9.3 cm). pp. [14], 548, 44, with 5 hand-coloured engravings heightened with gold, all folding with tissue guards except the additional title. Contemporary calf, covers with gilt border lines, corner pieces and rich gilt ornamental decoration in the centre with the star of David, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; head of spine chipped, spine and hinges rubbed, hinges weak (upper hinge starting), ink? stain to fore edge not affecting the pages. Lovely example of this important work, with plates in bright colours and heightened with gold. In unusual binding featuring the star of David. The four folding plates depict scenes of Jewish life: a Torah service, a Seder, the Sukkot festival and a wedding. This copy was a special commission in colour, extremely rare for this title. Professor of Hebrew in Basel for 39 years, Johannes Buxtorf (1564 – 1629) was considered the leading Protestant expert on Hebrew at his time and came to be known as 'Master of the Rabbis.' His main work, Juden Schul, was first published in German in 1603, followed by the Latin version Synagoga Judaica. The work is a thorough description of Judaism as practised in Germany at the time and became valuable for its descriptive details. It also gives a history of Jewish thought, from biblical times to the 17th century. It is in this work that Buxtorf gives an interpretation of the relations between religions through a dialogue between a Jew and a Christian, where the latter answers to the Jew's attacks on Christianity. This work voices Buxtorf's own attitude towards the Jews which was, overall, a negative one; and although quoting various other literary works about Judaism, his speech was clearly biased. This fine copy is the third Dutch edition, with some Latin and Hebrew text. The four engravings were realised for the first Dutch edition in 1694 by Jan Luyken (1649 – 1712), a Dutch poet, illustrator and engraver. We could trace no other copies of this edition in colour. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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