A Selection of 30 Titles from the 17th-20th Century
Including the First French Edition of the
Tractus Theologico-Politicus (1678)

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Spinoza: Life, Work, and Influences



In the Jewish and National Library in Jerusalem, Spinoza's writings, unlike those of Jewish philosophers such as Philo of Alexandria or Maimonides, are not in the Judaica reading room, but in the general reading room, between the writings of Descartes and Leibniz. The decision of the library reflects a broad consensus in the way his work is perceived: Spinoza is not considered a Jewish thinker but one who belongs to the general history of philosophy.

To be sure, Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) was excommunicated from Amsterdam's Jewish community for things he apparently said and did as a young man, and he went on to become the most radical and arguably the most interesting thinker of the early modern period. From the end of the 17th century onward his work played a central role in a variety of intellectual contexts: from the Enlightenment and German Idealism to the "higher criticism" of the Bible. Today Spinoza's ideas are debated not only in philosophical circles of both analytical and continental orientation, but also among scientists such as the neurologist Antonio Damasio, who claims that his research confirms how Spinoza conceived the relationship between body, mind, and behavior of human beings.

And yet, Spinoza's relationship to Judaism, and in particular to Jewish philosophy, is complicated: it is marked by continuity and criticism that sometimes remain in unresolved tension. Much of his philosophical project is, in fact, best understood in light of the Jewish background. In Spinoza's thought ideas from many sources come together, ranging from Plato to the Kabbalah. But of particular importance are, on the one hand, various traditions of Jewish thought and, on the other, the writings of Descartes and Hobbes which were at the center of philosophical discussions in the Netherlands of Spinoza's time.

Spinoza's father, Michael (died 1654), fled from Portugal to the relatively tolerant Dutch republic where, he became a member of Amsterdam's Sephardic community and a successful merchant. Spinoza studied Hebrew, the Bible, and rabbinic literature at the local talmud torah school. The community's most renowned scholars, Isaac Aboab, Menasseh ben Israel, and Saul Levi Morteira, were presumably among his teachers and influenced him directly or indirectly. Aboab translated Abraham Cohen Herrera's kabbalistic treatise Puerta del Cielo (The Gate of Heaven), with which Spinoza seems to have been familiar, from Spanish into Hebrew. Morteira, who inclined to a rationalist interpretation of religion, could have introduced him to medieval Jewish philosophy. Menasseh ben Israel edited in 1628 the Sefer Elim by the Galilei student Joseph Delmedigo, of which Spinoza had a copy, and that may have introduced him into post-Copernican cosmology.

When his half-brother, Isaac, died in 1649, Spinoza's help was required in the family's importing business. Although an outstanding student, he could thus not complete the higher level of the educational curriculum which would have prepared him for a career as a rabbi. The process that led to Spinoza's alienation from traditional Judaism, culminating in his excommunication (ḥerem) in 1656, cannot be precisely reconstructed from the available sources. A significant role must presumably be assigned to heterodox Jewish thinkers in Amsterdam such as Uriel da Costa, who had been excommunicated twice a generation earlier and whose writings Spinoza certainly knew, and Juan de Prado, who was excommunicated at the same time as Spinoza. (Fraenkel in EJ, 2007)

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  1. • Colerus, Johannes Nicolaus. THE LIFE OF BENEDICT DE SPINOSA. The Hague; Nijhoff, 1906. Paper wrappers. 12mo. [2] 102 pages. 18 cm. Reprint of the 1706 edition. Facsimile of the original copy in the Royal library at The Hague. “Written by John Colerus, Minister of the Lutheran Church, at the Hague. This work constitutes the first English language biography of the life and work of Spinoza, written by a detractor. This biography first went through a Dutch, then French editions, and this edition is “Done out of French. ” This 1906 reprint is an exact duplicate of the original print. An unread copy, housed in a clamshell box encased in a blue cloth volume listing the title and date of the publication in gilt lettering. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Biography. Outer edges of wraps appear lightly bumped. Otherwise, near fine condition. (SEF-45-6)  (ID #28935) $75.00.






  3. Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich, Moses Mendelssohn. UEBER DIE LEHRE DES SPINOZA IN BRIEFEN AN DEN HERRN MOSES MENDELSSOHN. Breslau, Löwe, 1785. Clothbound. 12mo. 215 pages. 18 cm. First edition. In German, French, and Latin. Title translates as: "On the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Mr. Moses Mendelssohn." Marbled decorative boards with title and date in gilt on spine. Moses Mendelssohn (6 September 1729–4 January 1786) was a German Jewish philosopher to whose ideas the renaissance of European Jews, Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment) is indebted. Although himself a practising orthodox Jew, he has been referred to as the father of Reform Judaism. Born to a poor Jewish family in Dessau and originally destined for a rabbinical career, Mendelssohn educated himself in German thought and literature and from his writings on philosophy and religion came to be regarded as a leading cultural figure of his time by both Germans and Jews. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (25 January 1743–10 March 1819) was an influential German philosopher, literary figure, socialite and the younger brother of poet Johann Georg Jacobi. He is notable for coining the term nihilism and promoting it as the prime fault of Enlightenment thought particularly in the philosophical systems of Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, Johann Fichte and Friedrich Schelling. A conversation which Jacobi had held with Gotthold Lessing in 1780, in which Lessing avowed that he knew no philosophy in the true sense of that word, save Spinozism, led him to a protracted study of Spinoza's works. After Lessing's death, just a couple of months later, Jacobi continued to engage with Spinozism in an exchange of letters with Lessing's close friend Moses Mendelssohn, which began in 1783. Mendelssohn's final years were overshadowed and saddened by the so called pantheism controversy. Ever since his friend Lessing had died, he had wanted to write an essay or a book about his character. When Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, an acquaintance of both men, heard of Mendelssohn's project, he stated that he had confidential information about Lessing being a "spinozist", which, in these years, was regarded as being more or less synonymous with "atheist" — something which Lessing was accused of being anyway by religious circles. This led to an exchange of letters between Jacobi and Mendelssohn which showed they had hardly any common ground. Mendelssohn then published his Morgenstunden oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes (Morning hours or lectures about God's existence), seemingly a series of lectures to his oldest son, his son-in-law and a young friend, usually held "in the morning hours", in which he explained his personal philosophical world-view, his own understanding of Spinoza and Lessing's "purified" ("geläutert") pantheism. But almost simultaneously with the publication of this book in 1785, Jacobi published extracts of his and Mendelssohn's letters as Briefe über die Lehre Spinozas (these letters, published with commentary by Jacobi in 1785 with an enlarged second edition from 1789, stated publicly that Lessing was a self confessed "pantheist" in the sense of "atheist"; essentially this volume constituted a controversy about Lessing's philosophic views, particularly with respect to Spinoza, including Jacobi's account of a conversation with Lessing in 1780). Mendelssohn was thus drawn into a poisonous literary controversy, and found himself attacked from all sides, including former friends or acquaintances such as Johann Gottfried von Herder and Johann Georg Hamann. Mendelssohn wrote a reply addressed To Lessing's Friends (An die Freunde Lessings) and died on January 4, 1786 as the result of a cold contracted while carrying this manuscript to his publishers on New Year's Eve; Jacobi was held by some to have been responsible for his death. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781 -- Philosophy. Pantheism. Bookplate of Friedrich Lessing (relative of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing). Light markings and soiling to endpages. Lightly soiled and lightly foxed in first dozen pages. Text crisp and pages fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-45-5) (ID #28934) $1500.00.






  5. • Spinoza, Benedictus De. REFLEXIONS CURIEUSES D'UN ESPRIT DES-INTERRESSÉ SUR LES MATIERES LES PLUS IMPORTANTES AU SALUT, TANT PUBLIC QUE PARTICULIER [TRACTATUS THEOLOGICO-POLITICUS]. Cologne, Chez Claude Emanuel, 1678. Moroccan Boards. 16mo. [30], 531, [30], 30 pages. 14 cm. First French edition, published the year after Spinoza's death. Decorative gilt on backstrip reads: “Reflexiones De Spinoza. ” This disguised first French translation of the Theologico-Political Treatise includes two titles pages, that of the “Reflexions…” and that of “Traitté des ceremonies…” This translation, attributed to Gabriel de Saint Glain or to Jean Le Clerc, of the “Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, ” was published, with the same date, under two other titles: ‘La clef de sanctuaire, par un sçavant homme de notre siècle‘ (Leyde, P. Warnaer), and ‘Traitté des ceremonies supertitieuses des juifs, tant anciens que modernes’ (A Amsterdam, Chez Jacob Smith). The "Remarques curieuses et necessaires pour l'intelligence de ce livre" (the last 30 pages) are the translation of the greatest part of the Annotationes ad Tractatum theologico-politicum by Spinoza himself. The Tractatus Theologico-Politicus was published in 1670, “without the author's name, and it brought such a storm of opprobrium that it was formally proscribed by the Synod of Dort and by the States General of Holland, Zealand, and West Friesland. It was found necessary; in order to evade this censure, to publish the work under false titles, representing it sometimes as a medical, sometimes as a historical, work.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) This is the first French translation of this very controversial book by Spinoza, in which he supports Jan de Witt’s principles of tolerance and free speech, and wherein he elaborates a social-contract theory of the state and argues that a democratic society must ensure the freedom and opportunity for happiness of the individual. The anti-theocratic flavor of his argument angered the Dutch clerics, but what truly outraged them, and made this book a dangerous possession, was the way that it demythologized the Holy Writ. It is for this reason that the work was ‘camouflaged’ with a misleading title-page. Subjects: Philosophy and religion. Free thought. Decorative gold outer edges on boards, with finely detailed gilt backstrip, all edges marbled. Front board detached. Backstrip has a pronounced crease. Endpages lightly foxed, very light foxing in margins of pages throughout. Other than front board, extremely well-preserved. Good + condition. (SEF-45-2) (ID #28931) $2000.00.






  7. • Spinoza, Benedictus De; HEINRICH EBERHARD GOTTLOB PAULUS. BENEDICTI DE SPINOZA OPERA QVAE SVPERSVNT OMIA (COLLECTED WORKS IN TWO VOLUMES, COMPLETE). Ienae [Jena]; In Bibliopolio Academico [Academic Bookstore], 1803. Clothbound. 8vo. XXIV, XXIV, 700 pages. XXXX, 680 pages. Two Volumes. 22 cm. In Latin, with Hebrew and French in second volume. German printing of the complete works of Spinoza in the original Latin. In later cloth, with decorative boards. The first volume of this “critical edition” includes the works published by Spinoza in his lifetime (Principia Philosophiae Cartesianae ("Principles of Cartesian Philosophy"), an exposition of Descartes' Principia Philosopiae in the "the geometric manner, " published in 1663 together with an appendix, Cogitata Metaphysica ("Metaphysical Thoughts") , that reflects both medieval Jewish and Scholastic sources, the Tractacus Theologico-Politicus, as well as the Epistolae (Letters and Correspondence). Second volume is that of a replica of the Opera Posthuma, with original title page, 'Praefatio' concluding with list of works, section titles to each part ('Ethica', 'Tractatus Politicus', 'Tractatus De Intellectus Emendatione', and 'Compendium Grammaticus Linguae Hebraeae'), indexes for the first four titles and separate index for the 'Compendium'. With detailed “Life of Spinoza” in French at the end of the second volume. "Apart from the 'Tractatus Theologico-Politicus,' his works have always appeared as his 'Opera Omnia,' of which editions have been prepared by E. G. Paulus (Jena, 1802), A. Gfrörer (Stuttgart, 1830), C. H. Bruder (Leipsic, 1843), H. Ginzberg (ib. 1874-78), and Van Vloten and Land (2 vols., The Hague, 1883; 3 vols., ib. 1895), the last being at present the standard edition” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Philosophy and religion -- Early works to 1800. Free thought -- Early works to 1800. Jewish philosophy. Ex-Libris “Res Publica Hungarica 1947” and Fred Lessing (with accompanying bookplates). Light soiling to cover of first volume. First and last pages lightly aged and lightly soiled, with pencil marks on title pages. However, text crisp and pages fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-45-4) (ID #28933) $300.00.






  9. • Spinoza, Benedictus De; Schack Hermann Ewald. SPINOZA'S PHILOSOPHISCHE SCHRIFTEN ERSTER BAND ONLY [COMPLETE FOR TRACTATUS THEOLOGICO-POLITICUS]. Gera; Christoph Friedrich Bekmann, 1787. Later Cloth 12mo. XXII, [6], 456 pages. 18 cm. First German edition. This first volume of a three volume set of the first German translation of Spinoza’s Philosophical Works that contains the Theologico-Political Treatise in its entirety. The three volumes were published over the course of 1787-1793, published in two books. This volume is bound in later cloth and decorative boards. Secondary title page reads: “Benedikt von Spinoza über Heilige Schrift, Judenthum, Recht der höchsten Gewalt in geistlichen Dingen und Freyheit zu philosophiren. ” “Since Spinoza equates virtue and knowledge, culminating in the intellectual love of God, and since he takes the "uncorrupted" true core of Scripture to be the call "to love God above all and one's neighbor as oneself" (TTP 12), the fundamental convergence of the purpose of his philosophical, religious, and political project becomes apparent: to foster a community based on solidarity and on freedom of thought, whose members assist one another in attaining the best life, i. E., a life devoted to the love of God. ” (2007 Encyclopedia Judaica) Subjects: Philosophy and religion -- Early works to 1800. Free thought -- Early works to 1800. Jewish philosophy. Pages quite foxed throughout, otherwise fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-45-3) (ID #28932) $325.00.





  11. • Altkirch, Ernst. SPINOZA IM PORTRÄT. Jena, E. Diederich, 1913. Full leather. 8vo. VIII, 111 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In German. With 28 plates. Title translates as: “Spinoza in Portrait. ” With full-leather binding and title-vignette of a rose and “B. D. S. Caute” on cover, golden-back titles with ornamentation, bookmark, beautifully patterned endpapers; limited edition, number 180 of one thousand copies printed. The work by Ernst Altkirch is divided into the following sections: I. The literary portrait of Spinoza. Appearance, living conditions, living habits. II The portraits of Spinoza. The real images. The dubious and false images. III. Spinoza in other works of fine art. IV list of works contained in books and portraits and portraits of the popular single sheets of Spinoza. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677 -- Portraits. Includes laid in documents sent from Fritz Bamberger to Dr. Fred Lessing, with handwritten signatures, notes, and photocopied documents. Light rubbing and wear to edges of leather covers. Light wear to outer edges. Title page lightly ripped at edge. Pages lightly aged. Very good condition. (SEF-45-7)  (ID #28936) $50.00.






  13. • Browne, Lewis. BLESSÉD SPINOZA; A BIOGRAPHY OF THE PHILOSOPHER. New York, Macmillan, 1932. Cloth, 8vo., xiii p., 3 l., 3-334 pages. First Edition. Includes frontispiece, plates, and facsimilies. SUBJECT (S): Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Note(s): "Selected bibliography": p. 321-323. Very good condition. (RAB-52-6). $30.00






  15. • Spinoza, Benedictus De, and R. H. M. Elwes. PHILOSOPHY OF BENEDICT DE SPINOZA. New York, Tudor Pub. Co., 1936. Hardcover, xxxiii, 427 pages, 8vo, 24 cm. Contents: On the improvement of the understanding. -The Ethics. --The Correspondence. SUBJECT (S): Philosophy. Spinoza, Benedictus de. Note(s): Previously issued under title: Improvement of the understanding, Ethics and Correspondence of Benedictus de Spinoza. OCLC lists over 200 copies worldwide. Wear to binding. Wear to edges and cover binding. Otherwise, good condition. (mx-32-18) (ID# 23917) $30.00






  17. • Spinoza, Benedictus De; Gebhardt, Carl. SPINOZA VON DEN FESTEN UND EWIGEN DINGEN. UBERTRAGEN UND EINGELEITET.. Heidelberg: C. Winter., 1925. Cloth. 12mo. Xlix, 594 pages. In German. SUBJECT (S): Ethics. OCLC lists 27 copies worldwide. Wear to top half of spine, spots on for edge, good condition. (GER-22-13) (ID# 20355) $150.00






  19. • Grunwald, Max. SPINOZA IN DEUTSCHLAND. GEKRÖNTE PREISSCHRIFT. Berlin, S. Calvary & Co., 1897. 1st edition. Modern Cloth, 8vo, iv, 380 pages. 23 cm. In German. "Beiträge zur Spinoza-bibliographie"on pages [361]-370. SUBJECT (S): Philosophy, German. Institutional blindstamp on title page. Paper wrinkled and chipped, not suitable for institutional library, working copy only. (GER-17-6B) (ID# 16465) $40.00          






  21. • Strauss, Leo. DIE RELIGIONSKRITIK SPINOZAS ALS GRUNDLAGE SEINER BIBELWISSENSCHAFT; UNTERSUCHUNGEN ZU SPINOZAS THEOLOGISCH-POLITISCHEM TRAKTAT. Berlin; Akademie-Verlag, 1930 Clothbound. 8vo. XII, 288 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German. Original blue cloth with gold gilt lettering on cover and spine. Title translates as: Spinoza's Critique of Religion as the basis of Spinoza's biblical Science; investigations of Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise. This first published work of Leo Strauss, the renowned German-Jewish political philosopher, is dedicated to an examination of Spinoza's ideas; Strauss identifies Spinoza as part of the tradition of Enlightenment rationalism that eventually produced Modernity, and argues that Spinoza and his works mark the beginning of Jewish Modernity. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Tractatus theologico-politicus. Political Theory. Theology. Religion. Covers lightly soiled, slight wear on endpage and a faded stamp, possibly ex-libris, on the title page. Edges lightly soiled, but pages fresh and clean. Very good + condition. A beautiful copy (GER-33-46) (ID# 28841) $300.00






  23. • Spinoza, Benedictus De; Dagobert D. Runes. LETTERS TO FRIEND AND FOE.. New York: Philosophical Library., 1966. Hardback. 12mo. 109 pages. SUBJECT (S): Philosophers correspondence; Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632, 1677. "Based, with minor changes and revisions, upon the translation from the Latin by R. H. M. Elwes." Has dust jacket. Pages tanned, otherwise very good condition. (SEF-10-24) (ID# 20918) $30.00






  25. • Auerbach, Berthold. B.V. SPINOZA'S SÄMMTLICHE WERKE: AUS DEM LATEINISCHEN MIT DEM LEBEN SPINOZA'S.. Stuttgart: J. Scheible., 1841. Half leather. 12mo. 284 pages. In German. SUBJECT (S): German language; Philosophy. OCLC lists 24 copies worldwide. Auerbach (1812–1882) was a German author and a leader of Jewish emancipation. Born at Nordstetten in Wuerttemberg, he, after some initial training for the rabbinate at Karlsruhe (1827–29), became interested in law and philosophy and continued his studies at the universities of Tuebingen, Munich, and Heidelberg. Auerbach's interest in Spinoza prompted his first novel, Spinoza, Ein Denkerleben (1837), and his five-volume translation of the philosopher's works (1841) (EJ). Ex-library, Lacks backstrip (spine covering) , Good Condition (GER-15-17) (ID# 18797) $175.00






  27. • Hubbard, Elbert. LITTLE JOURNEYS TO THE HOMES OF GREAT PHILOSOPHERS: SPINOZA. East Aurora, N. Y., Roycrofter, 1904. Softcover, 8vo, 32 pages (pages 119-151), includes frontis portrait. SUBJECT(S): Philosophers. Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Reprinted from volume 1 of the author's Little journeys to the homes of great philosophers. Slight chipping to edges of cover. Otherwise, very good condition. (RAB-46-18) (ID# 24748) $30.00






  29. • Rosenkranz, Hans. BARUCH SPINOZA ZUM 21. FEBRUAR 1927. [Berlin], Soncino-Gesellschaft, 1927. Original Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 14 pages. In German. Paper for the participants of the Spinoza-evening, by the Soncino Gesellschaft, Berlin, held on occasion of the 250th Recurrence of Spinoza's death. Soncino-Gesellschaft was a "Jewish bibliophile society, founded in Berlin in 1924, and liquidated by order of the Nazi government of Prussia in 1937. The Society aimed at the typographic improvement of the Jewish and Hebrew book" (EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 9 copies worldwide. Light foxing to cover, otherwise Very Good Condition. (GER-32-16) (ID# 28785) $200.00






  31. • Dunner, Joseph. BARUCH SPINOZA AND WESTERN DEMOCRACY; AN INTERPRETATION OF HIS PHILOSOPHICAL, RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL THOUGHT.. New York: Philosophical Library., 1955. 8vo. 142 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Edgeworn, occasional underlining and marginalia, good condition. (SEF-10-5) (ID# 20902) $30.00






  33. • Glasscheib, Hermann Samuel. BARUCH SPINOZA: DRAMA IN EINEM VORSPIEL UND SIEBEN BILDERN. Frankfurt Am Main; Ner-Tamid, 1964. Softcover, 8vo, 112 pages, 20 cm. In German. SUBJECT (S): Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677 -- Drama. OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Wear to cover edges. Very good condition. (RAB-46-15) xx (ID# 24745) $30.00






  35. • Hoff, Josef. DIE STAATSLEHRE SPINOZA'S MIT BESONDERER BERUCKSICHTIGUNG DER EINZELNEN REGIERUNGSFORMEN UND DER FRAGE NACH DEM BESTEN STAATE.. Prague, 1895. Softcover, 8vo, 56 pages, 22 cm. SUBJECT (S): State, The. Politieke filosofie. Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Dissertation: Inaug. --Diss. --Jena. Language: German. Series: Pamphlets on modern philosophers; v. 2, no. 3. Includes bibliographical references. OCLC lists 29 copies worldwide. Minimal tears on front cover. Wear to the binding. Very good condition. (RAB-46-19) (ID# 24749) $125.00






  37. • Sokolow, Nahum. BARUKH SHPINOZAH U-ZEMANO: MIDRASH BE-FILOSOFYAH UVE-KOROT HA-`ITIM ... [BARUCH SPINOZA AND HIS TIME: A STUDY IN PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY].. 8vo. Xvii, 434 pages. Illustrated. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Water stains on covers and first and last few signatures, corners bumped, hinges starting, Completely readable. Good- condition. (SEF-9-19) (ID# 19435) $30.00






  39. • Wolfson, Harry Austryn. FROM PHILO TO SPINOZA: TWO STUDIES IN RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY. Behrman House, 1977. ISBN: 0874412625. ISBN-13: 9780874412628. Paperback, 12mo, 64 pages. Wolfson (1887-1974) was born in Belorussia, and emigrated to the Unites States in 1903. He attended Harvard, and then became a member of its faculty in 1915. He was a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Mediaeval Academy of America, the American Oriental Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of Spinoza and Crescas, Wolfson particularly focused on heir relation to earlier philosophers, such as Aristotle, Plato, and the Islamic philosopher Averroes. (Hyman, EJ) Very Good Condition. (K-rab-1-31) (ID# 21649) $50.00






  41. • Wolfson, H. A. (Harry Austryn), 1887-1974. Ed. Isadore Twersky. STUDIES IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES.. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press 1973-1977. Cloth, 8vo, xvii, [1], 626 + xiv, [1], 639 p.; 22.5 cm. Gathers together 27 and 28 essays by Wolfson in English as well as 2 in Hebrew. "For almost forty years Harry Wolfson has devoted himself unreservedly, indeed heroically, to a bold and imaginative project entitled 'Structure and Growth of Philosophic Systems from Plato to Spinoza.' The fastidiously reasoned, intricately textured thesis underlying this grand project and unifying its many offshoots has been succinctly and lucidly described by Wolfson himself in the preface to Religious Philosophy: 'If we are to follow the conventional method of dividing philosophy into ancient, medieval, and modern, then medieval philosophy is to be defined as that system of thought which flourished between pagan Greek philosophy, which know not of Scripture, and that body of philosophic writings which ever since the seventeenth century has tried to free itself from the influence of Scripture. Medieval philosophy so defined was founded by Philo. He is the interpreter ofGreek philosophy in terms of certain fundamental teachings of his Hebrew Scripture, whereby he revolutionized philosophy and remade it into what became the common philosophy of the three religions with cognate Scriptures, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This triple scriptural religious philosophy, which was built up by Philo, reigned supreme as a homogeneous, if not a thoroughly unified, system of thought until the seventeenth century, when it was pulled down by Spinoza.'" (from vol.1, p. v-vi) -- As the twelfth volume of his Structure, Wolfson intended 'a definitive revision of Spinoza, with cross-references to all the previous books of the series' (Schwarz, Wolfson of Harvard, p. 224). Both Volumes Very Good Condition in Very Good Jackets. A Beautiful Set. (RAB-52-7) (ID# 24829) $215.00






  43. • Aboab, Isaac; R. J. Fürstenthal; Ben-Zion Behrend. MENORATH HAMMAOR: LICHT VERBREITENDER LEUCHTER. EINE MORALISCHE-RELIGIÖSE UND ERBAULICHE LEKTÜRE FÜR JUNG UND ALT. HEBRÄISCH VERFASST VON ISAAC ABOAB, UND INS DEUTSCHE ÜBERSETZT, BEGONNEN VON R.J. FÜRSTENTHAL, FORTGESETZT VON BENZION BEHREND. Complete in 3 volumes. Krotoschin, B. L. Monasch Und Sohn, 1848 quarter. 8vo. 315, 558, 392 pages. The 2nd printing, with Hebrew title page and "315" correctly on the last page. In Hebrew and German. Damp stains and spotting throughout. Non-matching bindings. Wear to boards. Vol III lacks backstrip and has both boards loose but present. Good Condition. (GER-15-32dw) (ID# 18690) $275.00                  






  45. • Jöel, M. DON CHASDAI CRESKAS' RELIGIONSPHILOSOPHISCHE LEHREN IN IHREN GESCHICHTLICHEN EINFLUSSE.. Breslau, Schletter, 1866 Rebound in marbled boards. 8vo. 83 pages. First edition. In German and Hebrew. Creskas was a Spanish philosopher, theologian and statesman. His activities as a merchant and communal leader can be traced as far back as 1367. As a delegate from the Catalonian Jewish community he negotiated with the king of Aragon for the renewal and extension of Jewish privileges in 1383. Throughout his life he sought to protect the rights of Spanish Jews and worked with various governments to this end. He is seen as one of Spinoza's chief influences. Jöel was a religious philosopher who researched, among other Jewish figures, Creskas (EJ). OCLC lists 26 copies worldwide. Missing original covers. Very Good condition. (SPEC32-11) (ID# 27750) $50.00                              






  47. • Kogan, Barry S., editor. SPINOZA: A TERCENTENARY PERSPECTIVE. Very Good Condition; 8vo; No Place (Cincinnati), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, [1979]. First Edition. Paper Wrappers, 8vo, xiii, 106 pages. Contains essays by Gottschalk, Popkin, Feuer, Savan and Mihaly. Very Good, in original wrappers. (SEF-10-14) (ID# 13250) $40.00






  49. • Krantz, Philip. ברוך ספינאזא: זײן לעבען און זײן פילאזאפיע BARUCH SPINOZA. New York: International Library Publishing Co, 1905. Period cloth, 12mo. 64 pages. In Yiddish. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (UCLA, Brooklyn Public Library). Krantz (1858-1922), whose real name was Jacob Rombro, was born in Russia, and later lived in France and then in England, where he was a socialist leader. In 1890, he moved to the United States where he edited several socialist and Yiddish periodicals, including Arbayter Tsaytung and Dos Abendblat. (Tobias, EJ). Light wear, Very Good Condition. (AMR-15-20) (ID# 18649) $125.00






  51. • Polishuk, Yitshak [Polishuck, I.S.]. FUN BARUKH SPINOZE BIZ SHMUEL ALEKSANDER: A KRITISHER ANALIZ UN AN EYGENER BLIK/ FROM BORUCH SPINOZA TO SHMEU ALEXANDER (A CRTICAL ANALYSIS AND A PERSONAL VIEW). Chicago: Farlag L.M. Stein, 1956. Cloth, 8vo, 282 pages. In Yiddish. Includes glossary & index. Good Condition. $50.00






  53. • Shatsky, Jacob, Ed. ספינאזא און זײן סביבה SPINOZA BUKH: TSUM DRAYHUNDERTSTN GEBOYRNYOR FUN BENEDICTUS DE SPINOZA: 1632-1932. / SPINOZA BOOK IN COMMEMORATION OF THE TERCENTENARY OF BENEDICTUS DE SPINOZA 1632-1932. New York: Spinoza Institut in Amerike-Yidisher Opteil, 1932. Cloth, 8vo, 240 pages. In Yiddish. Includes English language table of contents at the rear. Articles are "Spinoza and Criticism, " Ch. Zhitlowsky, "Spinoza's Philosophy and Judaism, " Harry Waton, "Spinoza and Leibniz, " J. Twersky, "Spinoza and marx, " Jacob Milch, "The Problem of Free Will-From Spinoza to Bergson, " W. Natanson, "The Conception of Freedom in Spinoza's Philosophy, " A.A. Roback, "Spinoza and materialism, " Z. Rudy. "The Political Philosophy of Spinoza, " Jacob Shatsky, "Spinoza Bibliography in Yiddish, " J. Anilowitsh. And a translation of "Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione, " by Spinoza, into Yiddish by S. Wiener and I. Yudkoff. Good Condition. $50.00






  55. • Shatsky, Jacob. SPINOZA UN ZEYN SEVIVAH. New York: A Group of Friends, 1927. Cloth, Small octavo, 334 pages. In Yiddish. Section headings include "The Jews in Amsterdam", The Theological Storm", and "Leibnitz". Includes bibliography. Good Condition. $50.00






  57. • Wiener, Samuel. וועגווייזער פאר דורות: עסייען VEGVAYZER FAR DOYRES. (ESSAYS ON: MAIMONIDES, IBN GABIROL, SPINOZA, MARX, EINSTEIN AND OTHERS). New York 1971. Cloth, 8vo, 216 pages. In Yiddish. Good Condition. $50.00






  59. • Wiener, Samuel Ber. שפינאזא דער געבענטשטער: צום 300סטן יאר פונעם חרם אויפן גרויסן יידישן דענקער, 1656-1956. SPINOZA DER GEBENTSHER TSUM 300SṬN YOR FUNEM HEYREM OYFN GROYSN YIDISHN DENKKER, 1656-1956. New York, IKUF, 1957. Paper Wrappers, 8vo, 63 pages. Good Condition. $50.00