Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $800
Estimate $1,200 - $1,500

Tanach with various text variations. One of the first versions of the critical edition of the Bible arranged by Kennicott based on about 600 manuscripts and various prints from throughout Europe, includes text differences of the Samaritan edition, with comments in Latin. The Pentateuch was printed alongside the Samaritan version's text variations. The editor's work, Dissertatio Generalis, is printed at the end of the second volume.

Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum, cum variis lectionibus. Edidit Benjaminus Kennicott s.t.p.
and Dissertatio generalis in Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum cum variis lectionibus.

Benjamin Kennicott was the chief librarian of the Radcliffe Library in Oxford and one of the foremost experts on Hebrew in England of his era. He spent most of his time comparing different manuscripts of the Bible. Kennicott and his colleagues throughout Europe worked on this edition, his magnum opus, for about 10 years.

Kennicott is also known for the famed eponymous Bible manuscript that he purchased for the Oxford library.

XXIII, [1 blank page], VIII, 684, [1] page. Volume two [4] 732; 129, [1 blank page], [6] pages, 42 cm.

Very fine condition. Original leather binding, professionally reinforced.

Haskalah (Enlightenment) and Its Opponents