[Sēfer těhillîm] Sive Liber Psalmorvm Eleganti, Nova, Vtili, Maximeqve Necessaria typorum forma. Bible. O. T. Psalms. Hebrew.
[Sēfer těhillîm] Sive Liber Psalmorvm Eleganti, Nova, Vtili, Maximeqve Necessaria typorum forma.
[Sēfer těhillîm] Sive Liber Psalmorvm Eleganti, Nova, Vtili, Maximeqve Necessaria typorum forma.
AN ANNOTATED PRESENTATION COPY
THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THESE STRIKING HEBREW TYPES

[Sēfer těhillîm] Sive Liber Psalmorvm Eleganti, Nova, Vtili, Maximeqve Necessaria typorum forma.

Hamburg, J. Sachse 1586.

Folio (297 x 197 mm.). [xiii], [iii blank], [254], [2 blank]p. HUTTER’S INNOVATIVE LARGE HEBREW TYPE WITH ROOT LETTERS PRINTED IN BLACK (“CLOSED”) AND INFLECTIONAL LETTERS IN OUTLINE (“OPEN”), 15 lines per page, roman with scattered italic and Greek for the title and preliminaries, woodcut initial and tailpieces.

Contemporary vellum over stiff paper boards (panels and endleaves soiled), manuscript spine title (crown chipped).

First Edition of Elias Hutter’s recension of the Psalms and THE DEBUT OF HIS “EYE-CATCHING…FAMOUS ‘OPEN AND CLOSED’ TYPE…. Hutter’s purpose was mainly didactic — by having the roots of the Hebrew words stand out in heavy type, the editor was making it easy for the student to learn the language” (Zafren). In his preface to Hamburg City Council members, Hutter (1553-?1609) encourages the study of the Bible in its original languages, and this book is his first foray into pedagogical publishing. The professor of Hebrew and royal tutor for languages eventually became a printer of impressive polyglot Bibles, for which he is renowned.
     THE PRESENTATION IS FROM A PSALM COMMENTATOR TO A PSALM TRANSLATOR. Heinrich Möller (1530-89) inscribed this copy to Johannes Gerobulus (or Oudraadt, 1540-1606). Möller published his interpretation of the Psalms in 1572 and taught Hebrew at Wittenberg. Later, in Hamburg, he collaborated with hutter and edited his books. Gerobulus was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church at Delft and translated of Beze’s Latin Psalms into Dutch (1596).
     GEROBULUS LIKELY PENNED THE CONTEMPORARY INTERLINEAR AND MARGINAL ANNOTATIONS IN HEBREW AND LATIN. The annotations on Psalms 1 through 18 (26p. of text) come to some thousand words in all. I have located two copies in the U.S. In good condition (some browning, two leaves with ink stains, one marginal tear, leaf edges frayed).
¶Zafren, “Elias Hutter's Hebrew Bibles” in The Joshua Bloch Memorial Volume: Studies in Booklore and History edd. Berger et al. (1960) 29-39; Fürst, Bibliotheca judaica I: 419; Reske, Die Buchdrucker des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts 335; VD 16 B 3111; USTC 661282.

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