Selden on the Jewish Laws of Inheritance Selden, John [1584-1654]. De Successionibus in Bona Defuncti, Ad Leges Ebraeorum, Liber Singularis. Editio Altera, Correctior & Multum Auctior. Accedunt Ejusdem De Successione in Pontificatum Ebraeorum, Libri Duo. Prior Historicus Est; Pontificum ab Aharone Usque ad Templi Secundi Excidium Successionem Continens. Posterior est Iuridicus; Legitima, Seu quae in Successione Pontificali Adeoque in Admissione ad Munus Sacerdotale apud Ebraeos Juris Fuere Complexus. London: Excudebat Richardus Bishop, 1636. [vi], XXIV, , 266 pp. Folio (11" x 7"). Contemporary vellum, hand-lettered title to spine. Light soiling, rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, tiny chip to center of spine, minor wear to corners, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns, tiny early owner signature (Zacharias Cautig) and later library bookplates to front pastedown, 1-1/4" strip removed from head of front endleaf. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning to text, light browning and faint dampspotting in a few places, light soiling, a few minor inkspatters and later owner signature (J. Jewell) to title page. $750. * Second edition. Text in Latin, some passages in Hebrew. Selden was the first great English jurists to study Jewish law seriously. As noted by the Dictionary of National Biography, Selden's "familiarity with rabbinical literature was such as has been acquired by few non-Israelite scholars; and many details of oriental civilization and antiquities were certainly brought to the knowledge of Europeans for the first time in them." First published in 1631, De Successionibus is a notable exposition of the rabbinical laws of inheritance and succession and laws concerning rabbis. It went through several editions into the eighteenth century. Dictionary of National Biography XVII:1157. English Short-Title Catalogue S117055.
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