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    Abraham Ben Levi Cuenque. [Hebrew Title] Avak Sopherim. Amsterdam: Nathaniel Foa, 1704. Krown & Spellman retail: $800. Folio. ¹6,[1]-[47]4,[48]2 index, bound after title page, [12],384p. Title page in architectural frame, head- and tail-pieces. Contemporary calf over wooden boards; blind-tooled with center device, rebacked in cloth, remnants of clasps, leather worn; new endpapers, title page laid down with minor losses , first leaves a little narrower at the edge, dampstains, mold marks; last two leaves misbound, clean tear on f27; good margins. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Cuenque (b. 1648) was a native of Hebron in the second half of the seventeenth century. He became one of the most earnest apostles of Shabthai Tzvi. In 1683 he went as a special envoy to Europe, crossed Italy, France, Poland and Germany and returned in 1693. Even the apostasy of the pretended Messiah failed to shake his belief. The introduction of the present work of Biblical homilies and sermons, presents an account of his travels throughout Europe ostensibly to raise funds for the destitute of the Holy Land, but in actuality in order to win adherents to the Sabbathian Movement. Vinograd, Amsterdam, 769.

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