Melekhet ha-dikduk = Institvtiones grammaticæ in Hebræam linguam / Fr. Sebastiani Munsteri minoritæ, Ingelnheimensis, in quibus quid per ordinem tractetur, sequens indicabit pagella ; opus est recens, atq[ue] chartatim emendatum ab ipso autore in officina Frobeniana.

Münster, Sebastian, 1489-1552 [Browse]
Basileæ [Basel : Johann Froben], an. 1524, mense Februario.
[288] p. : music ; 18 cm (8vo)


Rare books genre
  • Prefatory material and text in Latin with one page (leaf signed q6a) in Yiddish. Also contains 2 passages in Hebrew, one with Latin translation; and the text of the Book of Jonah in Greek, Latin, Hebrew (vocalized), and Aramaic.
  • Hebrew title romanized.
  • Imprint from colophon. Preface dated: Basileæ : anno salutis 1524, mense Ianuario.
  • Froben's device on t.p. and on verso of leaf s8.
  • A Hebrew grammar. Also includes: An excerpt from the Mishle ḥamishim ha-talmidim by Judah al-Harizi (leaves a4b-a8a). "De accentu musico" (leaves o4b-p3a), which contains one of the earliest Hebrew musical texts ever printed. An introduction to the transcription of Yiddish words in Hebrew script (leaves q5a-q6a), the 2nd such text ever printed. An excerpt from a grammatical work by Moses Kimḥi in Hebrew (vocalized) with Latin translation (leaves q6b-q8a). And the text of the Book of Jonah in Greek, Latin, Hebrew (vocalized), and Aramaic (leaves r1a-s8a). This last item has a special half-title in Hebrew and Latin: Yonah navi be-arba ah leshonot = Ionas propheta in quatuor orbis principalioribus linguis ...; the text is printed in 4 parallel cols.
  • Signatures: a-s⁸.
  • References: BLC, v. 229, p. 248 (1568/2886.2); BM STC German 1455-1600, p. 633; Prijs, J. Die Basler Hebräischen drucke, 1492-1866 (Olten, Germany : Urs, 1964), no. 15a-b.
  • OONL copy. T.p. repaired, no loss of text; leaves a2-3 supplied in facsim.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (BLC, v. 229, pages 248 (1568/2886.2) ; BM STC German 1455-1600, p. 633; Prijs, J. Die Basler Hebrĩschen drucke, 1492-1866 (Olten, Germany : Urs, 1964), no. 15a-b).
Binding note
Ex copy: Contemporary wrap-around limp vellum binding made from an early Hebrew manuscript leaf, inner pastedowns made from printer's waste.
Ex copy: Contemporary owner's inscription on title-page and extensive contemporary marginal and interlinear annotations in Latin and Hebrew.
Indexed in
Abramsky vii/341.
Other title(s)
  • Institutiones grammaticæ in Hebræam linguam
  • Bible. Jonah. Polyglot. 1524.
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