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Lot #    22319
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:57:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Grammatica Hebræa
Author    Petrus Martinus
City    Amstelrodami - Franeker
Publisher    Fredricus Heynsius
Publication Date    1621
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [xvi], 186, [6]; 248; 96 pp., octavo, 165:104 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern half calf and marbled paper over boards.
   Popular Hebrew grammar in Latin by Petrus Martinus (Petri Martinii, c. 1530-94). Printed for the use of students at Leiden and Franeker universities with the notes and additions of the Leiden professor Gulielmus Coddaeus (1575-1625) and his Franeker colleague Sixtinus Amama (1593-1629), the latter also being the editor of this edition. Coddaeus had edited the previous Leiden (1611-12) edition. This edition is notable for Amana’s additions, this being the first time they were added to the Grammatica Hebræa. Martinus, the author, was professor of Hebrew at the Protestant seminary at La Rochelle. This is the tenth edition of the Grammatica Hebræa, first published in 1567 and reissued in an augmented edition in 1567.

Grammatica Hebræa is a three-part work, the first part only with a full title page, the other parts with half-title pages and their own pagination and signatures. The full title page, which has a Latin text and a woodcut pressmark, is followed by a dedication to the students of Hebrew (Veræ Sapientiæ Studiosis), an index of the chapters and the text. Part I, on the elements of Hebrew grammar, is made up of two books of thirty-eight and eleven chapters and an appendix. The second part is a more textual discussion of Hebrew and Chaldean grammer. The third part with Amana’s additions is dedicated to Cornelius van Dalius. This is the organization of the copy examined. Fuks, in his description of this edition of the Grammatica Hebræa, reverses the order of the second and third parts.

Grammatica Hebræa was translated into English as The Key to the Holy Tongue (Leiden, 1593) by the Puritan scholar John Udall. That edition was revised by the Orientalist C. Ravis and reprinted and reprinted in Amsterdam (1645, 1648).

   Charles Berlin and Aaron Katchen, ed. Christian Hebraism. The Study of Jewish Culture by Christian Scholars in Medieval and Early Modern Times (Cambridge, Ma., 1988), p. 38 no. 56; Fuks I, pp. 24, 30, 81 nos. 10, 26, 116.
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Other:    Grammar
Language:    Latin, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica