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    An Important Christian Text on Hebrew

    Johann Reuchlin. Principium libri (De rudimentis Hebraicis). Pforzheim: Thomas Anshelm, 1506. First edition. Folio. No collation marks. 620, [4] pages. Large woodcut Palatine arms and printer's mark at rear, some Hebrew text. This copy has the rare supplementary leaf to folio 589. Printed in Hebrew reversed order. Eighteenth century vellum, spine label slightly chipped, cover partly split at fore-edges; stamps inked-over (some offsetting) on title-page and last leaf; page 507-8 corner missing (no loss); light browning, a few stains and some finger soiling, occasional marginal tears. Overall a very clean, crisp copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Reuchlin (1455-1522) was one of the foremost humanists of the Renaissance. He believed that he could most successfully learn ancient wisdom through a thorough grounding in Hebrew and it is his work that founded Christian Hebrew studies. He also studied Kabbalistic disciplines and founded a school of Christian Kabbalah. He was frequently at odds with the church authorities over his "hebraizing." He refused to join in Pfefferkorn's crusade to destroy all of Hebrew learning. He was drawn into the "Battle of the Books" against his will but he fought to save Hebrew learning. He was even accused of heresy, but acquitted by Pope Leo X.

    "His most famous work is his De rudimentis Hebraicis "which he began shortly after he visited Trithemius at Sponheim. It comprises a lexicon and student's guide to Hebrew grammar (based on the work by David Kimhi)"...the Rudimenta was in fact the real pioneering work of its kind by a Christian scholar." (Encyclopedia Judaica).

    VD16 R1252. BM STC (German) 732. Adams R383. Benzing, Reuchlin,90. Alberts, Anshelm, 29. Furst II, 151. Geiger 110.

    Reuchlin, Johann. Principium libri (De rudimentis Hebraicis). Pforzheim: Thomas Anshelm, 1506. Folio. No collation marks. 620,[4]pp. This copy has the rare supplementary leaf to folio 589. Printed in Hebrew reversed order. 18th c. vellum, spine label slightly chipped, cover partly split at fore-edges; stamps inked-over (some offsetting) on t.p. and last leaf; p507-8 corner off (no loss); light browning, a few stains and some finger soiling, occ. marginal tears; overall a very clean, crisp copy.. Large woodcut Palatine arms & printer's mark at rear, some Hebrew text. First Edition. Reuchlin (1455-1522) was one of the foremost humanists of the Renaissance. He believed that he could most successfully learn ancient wisdom through a thorough grounding in Hebrew and it is his work that founded Christian Hebrew studies. He also studied Kabbalistic disciplines and founded a school of Christian Kabbalah. He was frequently at odds with the church authorities over his "hebraizing." He refused to join in Pfefferkorn's crusade to destroy all of Hebrew learning. He was drawn into the "Battle of the Books" against his will but he fought to save Hebrew learning. He was even accused of heresy, but acquitted by Pope Leo X.
    His most famous work is his De rudimentis Hebraicis" which he began shortly after he visited Trithemius at Sponheim. It comprises a lexicon and student's guide to Hebrew grammar (based on the work by David Kimhi). "...the Rudimenta was in fact the real pioneering work of its kind by a Christian scholar." [Ency. Judaica]
    VD16 R1252. BM STC (Germ.) 732. Adams R383.Benzing, Reuchlin,90. Alberts, Anshelm,29. Furst II,151. Geiger 110. Judaica. Hebrew. Linguistics. Humanism. Occult. Kabbalah. Religion. Theology. Post-Incunable.



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