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    Wagenseil's Attempt to Convert Jews
    to Christianity

    Johann Christophorus Wagenseil. Tela Ignea Satanea. Hoc est: Arcani, & horribiles Judaeorum adversus Christum Deum, & Christianam Religionem Libri... Altdorf: Joh. Henricus Schönnerstaedt, 1681. [bound with:] Johann Christophorus Wagenseil. De Loco Classico Gen. XLIX.10. Ad Christophorum Arnoldum....Dissertatio. Altdorf: Schönnerstaede, 1676. [bound with:] [Hebrew Title] Id Est: Duo Codices Talmudici Avoda Sara Et Tamid, Quorum Primus agit de Idololatria... Altdorf: Schönnerstaedt, 1680. First edition. Quarto. Two volumes in one. 1], A-5M4, 5N2, 5O-9X4, 9Y2, A-Q4, R2, [4], A-I4, K3, a-m4, n2. [2], 633, [15], 260, 60, [2], 480, 132, [8], 78, 102pp. This copy lacks the "Libellus Toldos Jeschu." Engraved frontispiece portrait of Wagenseil. Engraved initials, head- and tail-pieces. Full recent calf, blind tooled ruling, banded spine, red morocco label with title in gilt lettering. Blue speckled edges. Light to moderate browning and foxing, with occasional dampstain. Occasional notations in old hand. Title page in both red and black inks, library stamp on same. Upper right corner of frontispiece repaired. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Johann Christophorus Wagenseil (1633-1706), scholar and professor of history and later eastern languages at Altdorf, traveled widely as a tutor to the children of the count de Traun and during these excursions earned the esteem of the princes of Germany, the emperor, and Louis XIV of France. He wrote and published around 20 works in French and Latin, including a defense of the existence of Pope Joan. The present work is considered to be his principal work and consists of a collection of pieces written by Jews against the Christian religion and refuted by Wagenseil through long notes. Although Wagenseil himself wanted them to be used in disputations with Jews in the hope of converting the latter to Christianity (i.e., without persecutions or forcible means), the writings tended to be used widely in anti-Jewish propaganda. Many of the Jewish writings were published for the first time in this volume, with a Latin translation.

    VD17 12:113135P. Caillet 11323. Graesse VI (pt.II), 408. Brunet V, 1397. BL 17th German W33. Scholem Coll. 499.

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