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    An Important Treasury of the Hebrew Language
    in Latin and Hebrew

    Marco Marini [Marinus]. [Arca Noe Thesaurus Linguae Sanctae Novus.] Venice: Giovanni di Gara [Johannem Degaram], 1593. First edition. Two folio volumes. Approximately 13.5 x 8.75 inches. [Lacks Latin title-page, but has Hebrew title-page]. -2 6,A-4N6; ¹1, A-3B6, Lacks a1 blank[(?) - before Index] a5,b-e8,f8. Text complete. [22 (of 24)], 492ff=984; [2],288ff=576 [74] pages. Engraved Hebrew title-page with Noah's Ark, Moses, King David, and the author; woodcut head-piece, printer's ornaments. Printer's three crown device on verso of last leaf. Late eighteenth-century full calf, elaborately blind-tooled in panels, spine gilt, red leather title labels, edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Front hinge starting, rear board of volume 2 detached, dampstains (heavier in front of volume I, but never obscuring text), repair to blank corner of leaf 2, minor marginal worming at end of second volume. A few occasional ink markings. Generally a very good sound copy.
    This is Marini's great work and the culmination of his Hebrew studies. It is said that he resisted the bishops who wanted to elect him pope and he retired to his home town and died there. "The attitude of the former [Orthodox Catholics] is well illustrated in the imposing work of the canon Marini, which appeared at Venice in 1593, under the title of Noah's Ark: A New Treasury of the Sacred Tongue. The huge folios begin with the declaration that the Hebrew tongue was "divinely inspired at the very beginning of the world," and the doctrine is steadily maintained that this divine inspiration extended not only to the letters but to the punctuation." (Andrew Dickson White, History of the Warfare of Science With Theology.)
    Adams M597. Graesse IV,402. Marshall II,342. BM STC (Italian) 418. Zaunmuller 178. Peroni, Bresciana, II, 222. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Marini [Marinus], Marco. [Arca Noe Thesaurus Linguae Sanctae Novus.] Venice: Giovanni di Gara [Johannem Degaram], 1593. Folio. 2 vols. [Lacks Latin t.p. but has Hebrew t.p.]-26,A-4N6; ¹1,A-3B6, Lacks a1 blank? before Index]a5,b-e8,f8.Text Complete. [22 of 24], 492ff=984; [2],288ff=576 [74]pp. Late 18th c. calf, elaborately blind-tooled in panels, spine gilt, red leather title lables, hinges started, edges marbled, marbled endpapers, dampstains (heavier in front of volume 1, but never obscuring text), repair to blank corner of 2, minor marginal worming at end of second volume; generally a very good sound copy. Engraved Hebrew t.p. with Noah's Ark, Moses, King David, and the author, woodcut head-piece, printer's ornaments. Printer's 3 crown device (Z388) on verso of last leaf. First Edition. Marini (1541-1594), Italian Hebraist born at Brescia. He entered orders and became the canon of S. Salvatore in Brescia. He was a polyglot and was learned in Greek, Arabic, Chaldern, Hebrew, and Russian. He was called to Rome by Gregory XIII and served as his translator as well as working for the Venetian state and others. He worked at extracting from the works of the Rabbis material that would elucidate the Bible. This is his great work and the culmination of his Hebrew studies. It is said that he resisted the bishops who wanted to elect him pope and he retired to his home town and died there. "The attitude of the former [Orthodox Catholics] is well illustrated in the imposing work of the canon Marini, which appeared at Venice in 1593, under the title of NoahÕs Ark: A New Treasury of the Sacred Tongue. The huge folios begin with the declaration that the Hebrew tongue was "divinely inspired at the very beginning of the world," and the doctrine is steadily maintained that this divine inspiration extended not only to the letters but to the punctuation." [Andrew Dickson White, Hist. of the Warfare of Science With Theology.] EDIT 16 cnce 23088. Adams M597. Graesse IV,402. Marshall II,342. BM STC (Ital.) 418. Zaunmuller 178.Peroni, Bresciana, II, 222



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