Rare First Edition of Bartolocci and Imbonati's Bibliotheca magna rabbinica
Bibliotheca Magna Rabbinica de Scriptoribus & Scriptis Herbraicis, Ordine Alphabetico Hebraice, & Latine Digestis.
Bartolocci, Giulio and Carlo Giuseppe Imbonati.$15,000.00
Item Number: 78040
Rome: Typographia Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1675-1694.
First edition of this monumental work, the first systematic, all-inclusive bibliography of Jewish literature. Folio, 5 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Title pages printed in red and black, 10 tables printed in red and black in volume 2, music printing in volume 4, 2 engraved portraits, woodcut device on 4 title-pages, woodcut initials, head-and tail-pieces. First editions are scarce.
Gulio Bartolocci was a Cistercian monk and Hebrew scholar, Bartolocci was appointed both professor of Hebrew and rabbinical literature at the Collegium Neophytorum in Rome and Scriptor Hebraicus at the Vatican Library in 1651. His monumental Bibliotheca magna rabbinica contains accounts of Jewish literature and customs, as well as bibliographical and biographical information. The fourth volume was published posthumously by his disciple Imbonati, who also wrote the supplementary fifth volume. "Bartolocci's work is the first systematic, all-inclusive bibliography of Jewish literature" Grolier/Breslauer & Folter 72.