||First edition of this work on the Tabernacle by Philippe d’Aquin. The text, accompanied by four full page beautiful copper plate illustrations is entirely in French. An appendix (pp. 93-104) entirely in Hebrew, is from the Zohar on parashat Bamidbar Sinai (Numbers) and from the work of the Recaniti. The first illustration, especially attractive, is multi part showing the altar, menorah and a scene with the lave; the second is the table for the shew bread; the third is of the Menorah; and the last of the encampment of the Jews around the Tabernacle, with the tents of the tribes and their individual and unique ensigns flying above their tents.
Philippe d’Aquin, was an apostate Hebraist. Born at Carpentras about 1578 as Mordecai or Mardochée; he died at Paris in 1650. Early in life he left his native town and went to Aquino, where he became converted to Christianity and changed his name to Philippe d'Aquin. In 1610 he went to Paris, and was appointed by Louis XIII professor of the Hebrew language. He is mentioned among the accusers in the proceedings for "the crime of Judaism," instituted in 1617 against Concini, Marquis d'Ancre, and his wife Leonora Galigai, in whose household he had occupied some subordinate position (Léon Kahn, "Les Juifs à Paris," p. 40). The following is a list of his works: (1) "Primigenæ Voces, seu Radices Breves Linguæ Sanctæ" (Paris, 1620). (2) "Pirḳe Aboth, Sententiæ Rabbinorum, Hebraice cum Latina Versione" (Paris, 1620); a Hebrew-Italian edition, under the title "Sentenze: Parabole di Rabbini. Tradotti da Philippo Daquin," appeared in the same year in Paris (see Steinschneider, "Monatsschrift," lxiii. 417), and was reprinted in Paris in 1629. (3) "Dissertation du Tabernacle et du Camp des Israélites" (Paris, 1623; 2d ed., 1624). (4) "Interpretatio Arboris Cabbalisticæ" (Paris, 1625). (5) "Behinat 'Olam. (L'Examen du Monde)" of Yedaiah Bedersi, Hebrew and French (Paris, 1629). (6) "Ma'arik ha-Ma'areket, Dictionarium Hebraicum, Chaldaicum, Talmudico-Rabbinicum" (Paris, 1629). (7) "Ḳina, Lacrimæ in Obitum Cardinalis de Berulli," Hebrew and Latin (Paris, 1629). (8) Veterum Rabbinorum in exponendo Pentateucho Modi tredecim" (Paris, 1620).
R. Menahem Ben Benjamin Recanati (late 13th-early–14th centuries) was an Italian kabbalist and halakhic authority. No information whatsoever is available on Recanati's life, although according to family tradition mentioned in Shalshelet ha-Kabbalah he was once an ignorant man who miraculously became filled with wisdom and understanding. He wrote three kabbalistic works: Perush al ha-Torah (Venice, 1523), which was the subject of super-commentaries; Ta'amei ha-Mitzvot (Constantinople, 1544); and Perush ha-Tefillot (ibid., 1544); and one halakhic work, Piskei Halakhot (Bologna, 1538).