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Lot #    19425
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 12:30:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer ha-Mevakkesh
Title (Hebrew)    ספר המבקש
Author    R. Shem Tov ibn Falaquera
City    [Koenigsberg]
Publication Date    [1858]
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   104 pp., 187:114 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Written by the Author when he was approximately 38, he expanded upon the material treated in his Reshit Hokhmah and rewrote it in the form of a maqama, entitled Ha-Mevakkesh (first ed. The Hague, 1778). In this work a young student (ha-mevakkesh; "the seeker") debates with people of various types in order to gain clarification of the road he must take. Following the advice of a philosophically trained scholar, he studies mathematics, astronomy, music, logic, and natural science. However, he is not content until he has studied metaphysics.

R. Shem Tov b. Joseph ibn Falaquera (c. 1225–1295), philosophical author and translator. Little is known about his life. Born in Spain, it appears that he lived in the border provinces of Spain and France. He was a prolific writer, well versed in Islamic and Greek philosophy. His writings are representative of the scientific and philosophic thought of the Jews of his time. Over 15 of his works have been published.

          
Paragraph 2    כתב ... הרב שם טוב בן פאלקירא ... לדעת ... איזה דרך שיבור לו האדם ... מבקש ה' ... כמוס עמדי ... עד בואי הנה ... נתתיו לכהן ... ר' בנימין מעלי הכהן נר"ו ... למען דפוס ... אנכי ... מרדכי תמה ...

בשער: האג, בשנת מבקש יי אשרהו [תקל"ח]. הועתק עם נוסח השער מן ההוצאה הראשונה ועם שם המדפיס וההסכמות. כאן תוקנו טעויות הדפוס הרבות שחלו בהוצאה הראשונה.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0106458
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Philosphy
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica