[Featured Lot]. Shalom, Abraham Ben Isaac Ben Judah Ben Samuel. [Hebrew Text:] Sepher Neveh Shalom. [Dwelling of Peace]. Venice: Giovanni di Gara, 1574. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000.
    4to. Aleph 4, [1-28]8, [29]4. [4], 213, [15]pp. Modern blue cloth, title gilt, margins slightly frayed (last 3 leaves have archival supports) with dampstains but otherwise a clean copy, stamps of Jew's College, London. T.p. in architectural woodcut border, large head-piece. Second, first Venice, Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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     "Catalonian philosopher [d.1492] and translator of philosophical writings.... Shalom's major work, Neveh Shalom, gives evidence of the author's thorough command of the field of knowledge of his time, and is rich in quotations from Greek and Arabic philosophical literature. In its external form, Nevah Shalom is a series of homilies on various aggadic passages drawn from the Talmudic tractate Berakot. Into this framework Shalom weaves a number of philosophic discussions in which he undertakes to review the philosophic statements of his predecessors, to consider just those views which are in harmony with Scripture, to decide which among them are correct, and, especially, to prove that Moses Maimonides is true and his teaching is true. In other words, he undertakes to defend Maimonides' philosophy with its particular equilibrium between Greek philosophy and scriptural teachings." [Jewish Ency.] Vinograd, Venice 607. Haberman, di Gara, 37. Adams A 34. Marshall I,3. Steinschneider 4311:2.


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