HABERMANN, Johann (1516-1590). [Dikduk leshon ha-kodesh] Grammatices Ebraicae sanctae linguae prima [-tertia] pars, succincta & perspicua brevitate conscripta, in usum illorum, qui ex fontibus haurire volunt sacrorum Bibliorum cognitionem. Wittenberg,Johann Krafft, 1570. 3 Parts in 1. 8vo. [104], [76], [119] lvs. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with blind-stamped initials MRV and blind-stamped portraits of Luther and Melanchthon on the covers.


Rare first complete edition of Habermann's Hebrew grammar. Habermann, also known as Avenarius, was a noted Hebrew scholar and Old Testament exegete. He was best-known for his prayer book, which was translated into several languages and was widely circulated among Protestants, but he also published various other works, including a Hebrew dictionary and the grammar above. Earlier editions of his grammar appeared in 1557 and 1562, but they only contained the first or the first and second part. The 1570 edition, preceded by a preface by Melanchthon, is the first one containing the third and final part and therefore the first complete edition. At the end of this copy 31 leaves with manuscript text have been bound in, including an incomplete manuscript text of Gautier de Châtillon’s Alexandreis, some German poems, and a concordance index to the Epistle to the Hebrews. – Dated owner’s inscription on title page, label with description pasted on upper pastedown, some minor stains, back cover slightly damaged, corners of binding slightly worn, clasps missing.

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