Oct 27, 2020 - Sale 2549

Sale 2549 - Lot 38

Estimate: $ 300 - $ 500
D'Aquin, Philippe (1578-1650)
Dictionarium Absolutissimum Complectens Alphabetico.

Paris: ex typographia Antonii Vitray, 1629.

Folio, a4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Bbb6, Ccc4; title page in Hebrew and Latin, title printed within border of typographical ornaments, printer's woodcut device to title, text in Hebrew throughout, later binding structurally defunct, first and last few signatures detached, in need of resewing, 15 1/2 x 10 in.

D'Aquin was born Mordekhaï Crescas (sometimes Judah Mordecai or Mardochée Cresque), he was excommunicated from Judaism for failing to keep Shabbat. After moving to Paris and changing his name, he also converted to Catholicism. His strong scholarship, knowledge of the Hebrew language, and traditions in the Kabbalistic teachings kept him publishing works such as the present volume, and his contribution's to Lejay's Polyglot Bible in the mid-1600s.