Selden's Ground-Breaking Uxor Ebraica Selden, John [1584-1654]. Uxor Ebraica, Seu de Nuptiis et Divortiis Ex Jure Civili, Id est, Divino & Talmudico, Veterum Ebraeorum, Libri Tres. Ejusdem de Successionibus ad Leges Ebraeorum, Libri Tres, Ejusdem de Successionibus ad Leges Ebraeorum in Bona Defunctorum. Liber Singularis: In Pontificatum, Libri Duo. Frankfurt-on-Oder: Sumptibus Jeremiae Schrey, 1695. , 456 [i.e. 460], , 248 pp. Two parts with individual pagination; second part, De Successionibus, preceded by divisional title page. Quarto (8" x 6-1/2"). Contemporary vellum, blind frames and large central arabesques to boards, raised bands and early hand-lettered title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light soiling, corners and spine ends bumped, a few minor scuffs to rear board, some creases and edgewear to endleaves. Main title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning to text, occasional light foxing to text, light soiling to title page. "102" in small recent hand to front pastedown, interior otherwise clean. $850. * Later edition. A scarce edition of Selden's work on the laws of Jewish marriage and divorce, applying his more general theory of natural law, and approaching the views of Milton. It was first published in 1646. Speaking of this and other works dealing with Jewish customs the DNB says "[his] acquaintance with the original of the Old Testament and the ancient versions and commentaries which all these works display is very great. Their author's familiarity with rabbinical literature was such as has been acquired by few non-Israelite scholars; and many details of oriental civilisation and antiquities were certainly brought to the knowledge of Europeans for the first time in them" (DNB). Despite the importance of this work it was not translated into English until 1991. Dictionary of National Biography XVII:1157. Das Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 17. Jahrhunderts 14:019894G.
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