Discursos predycaveys que o Docto Haham Yeosuah da Sylva Pregou no K.K. Sahar A Samaym em Londres. He o Assumpto delle, tratar sobre os Treze Articulos, de nossa Sancta Ley.
by SILVA, Yeosuah da.
Amsterdam, Em Casa de Yahacob de Cordova, 5448 [i.e. 1688].. FIRST EDITION. Large 4° (21 x 16.5 cm.), late-ninteenth–century three quarter dark green morocco over marbled boards by Ferin (spine faded, slight rubbing at extremities), spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments, gilt lettering and numbering, gilt fillets on leather of covers where it meets the marbled boards, top edge rouged, marbled endleaves, gilt circular supra–libris of Bernardino Ribeiro de Carvalho, Lisboa, on front cover, with his name on the outer circle and gilt monogram at center. Large woodcut vignette on title-page; numerous woodcut initials and tailpieces. Hebrew type. Light browning, occasional minor stains. Complete and with ample margins. Overall in very good condition. Old signature of Samuel Bendalack in upper blank margin of title-page. From the library of the Condes de Linhares, with inscription in lower blank margin of title-page "Da Livraria Conde de Li // nhares" (purchased by Bernardino Ribeiro de Carvalho at the 15 December 1895 sale, lot 876; cutting from that catalogue pasted on to recto of third and final front free endleaf). Small printed binder's ticket of Livraria Ferin in upper outer corner of verso of front free endleaf. (7 ll., 1 blank l.), 497, (1) pp. Leaf CCC4 cancelled; the quire has only three leaves, but pagination and text follow. *** FIRST EDITION. The main text of this work contains thirteen articles, or discourses. The subjects are (1) the existence of the creator, (2) the unity of God, (3) the non–corporality of God, (4) on the eternal nature of the creator, (only God is to be worshipped, as opposed to angels and other heavenly beings), (6), on prophecy, (7) the prophesy of Moses, (8) God gave his law to his people, (9) the law of Moses is eternal, and can never be changed for another, (10) God knows all humans, (11) the good and the just will be rewarded, while the impious and wicked will be castigated, (12) when the messiah comes, the people of Israel will be returned to their original state; and (13) at the resurrection of the dead, there will be a final judgment. The texts contain valuable material concerning the history of the Jews of London. At the end of the discourses is a sermon preached at the author's funeral by Yshac Aboab; on the final page is the author's epitaph. The preliminary leaves include three pages of dedication by the author's widow, Sara, a single page note by Yshak Aboab, and a three page introduction by Selomoh de Oliveira. The author was a disciple of Morteira and of Yshac Aboab, a member of the Academy "Arbol de las Vidas" of Amsterdam, and Haham of the Portuguese Jewish community of London, where he died in 1679.Provenance: D. Rodrigo de Sousa Countinho Teixeira de Andrada Barbosa (1823–1894), 3º Conde de Linhares (modern title). The library of the Condes de Linhares, consisting of over 14,000 volumes, was one of the most important ever formed in Portugal. The title, extinguished in the seventeenth century, was revived in the Sousa Coutinho family, one of the most cultured and enlightened of the old Portuguese nobility. The first Conde de Linhares in this line (descendents but not the representatives of the original line), was D Rodrigo de Sousa Coutinho (Chaves, 1745–Rio de Janeiro, 1812). He was created Conde de Linhares in 1808. His grandson, the third Conde de Linhares in the Sousa Coutinho line, D. Rodrigo de Sousa Countinho (Paris, 1823–Sintra, 1894), married a daughter of the first Duques de Loulé, who through her mother was a grandaughter of D. João VI and D. Carlota Joaquina. Bernardino Ribeiro de Carvalho (1846–1910), born in the freguesia de Cabaços, concelho de Alvaiázere, came to Lisbon, was brought into the business of his uncle / father–in–law, and acquired a great fortune importing exotic lumber. He was a passionate book collector, frequenting auctions and bookshops from the 1860s until shortly prior to his death. Among the sales he attended and purchased at were those of Sir Gubian (1867), the Visconde de Juromenha (1887), José da Silva Mendes and Jorge César de Figanière (1889), the Condes de Linhares (1895), and José Maria Nepomuceno (1887).*** Kayserling (rev. Yerushalmi) p. 124 (mentioning only 185 pp.). Innocêncio III, 256 (no collation; had never seen a copy). Linhares 876 (the present copy, then in a contemporary sheep binding over wooden boards). See António Ribeiro dos Santos in @Memórias da literatura portuguesa, III, 284–5 (appears never to have seen a copy). See also A.M. Hyamson, @The Sephardim of England (1951), pp. 41, 59. Hollis lists a microfiche copy only. Not located in Orbis. Not located in Catnyp. Not located in Melvyl. Copac locates only two actual copies, at the British Library and the Roth Collection, Leeds as well as two microfilm and microfiche copies. A search in KVK located the same two hard copies and the same two reproductions as listed in Copac only. (Inventory #: 35496)
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