ATERET ZEKENIM: OD LIMED DAAT ET HA-AM MAH HEM TSUROT HA-YESODOT ASHER ADAM TOEH MI-DEREKH HA-SEKHEL VE-YADUA OTAM.
Amsterdam; Bi-Defus Yetome Shelomoh Propes, 1739. Hardcover. Item #32296
Later quarter leather and boards. 12mo.  pages. 18 cm. Metaphysical disquisitions in the form of a commentary on Exod. 23: 20. Followed by the author's Tsurot ha-yesodot. 'Ateret Zekenim’ (Crown of the Ancients) , first published 1557; written by Isaac Abravanel; “statesman and Bible commentator, son of the Portuguese treasurer, Dom Judah, was born in the year 1437 at Lisbon, and died at Venice in 1508. He was buried in Padua. … In like manner Abravanel exceeded all his predecessors in combating Maimonides' theory of the ‘Heavenly Chariot’ in Ezekiel ('Ateret Zekenim, ’ xxiv. , and commentary on the ‘Moreh, ’ part iii. 71-74, ed. Warsaw) . Indeed the most noteworthy feature of all Abravanel's philosophical disquisitions is the success with which he demonstrates the weak points in the Maimonidean system. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia; Abravanel) . Printed at the Amsterdam Ashkenazic Press of Solomon Proops: “The Hebrew press at Amsterdam had become entirely dominated by mercantile considerations, and was represented by the publishing- and printing-houses of Solomon ben Joseph Proops, whose printed catalogue ‘Appiryon Shelomoh, ’ 1730 (the first known of its kind) , shows works published by him to be mainly rituals and a few responsa, two editions of the 'En Ya'akob, ’ the ‘Hobot ha-Lebabot, ’ and the ‘Menorat ha-? A'or, ’ two editions of the Zohar (1715) , and the Judæo-German ‘Ma'asehbuch. ’ Proops was evidently adapting himself to the popular taste from 1697 onward. The house established by him continued to exist down to the middle of the nineteenth century, Joseph and Jacob and Abraham being members thereof from 1734 until about 1780. They were followed by Solomon ben Abraham Proops in 1799, while a David ben Jacob Proops, the last of the family, died in 1849, and his widow sold the business to I. Levisson. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia; Typography) . Subjects: Bible. O. T. Exodus xxiii, 20 - Commentaries. Jewish philosophy - Early works to 1800. 1739, printing date. Form (Philosophy) - Early works to 1800. Later boards worn at edges, rebacked, light soiling in margins, overall fresh and clean. Good condition. (CJH-1-23).