Jewish history as recorded in the 16th century
Shalsheles Hakabbalah. First Edition. Venice, 1587
Historical-geographical work by Chacham Rabbi Gedalya Ibn Yichya. This work documents the history of the world from the times of Adam Harishon and the transmission of Torah from the time of the Revelation until the era of the Rishonim and beginning of Achronim when this sefer was authored.
Rabbi Gedalya Ibn Yichya (circa 1526-1587) was a scion of the illustrious Ibn Yichya family, one of the most prominent Jewish families among the Spanish and Portugal exiles. His father was Rabbi Yosef Ibn Yichya, a famous commentator on Nach (Bologna, 1598) (whose work appears in the present Catalog). Rabbi Gedalya dwelled and disseminated Torah in Italy. Aside from his monumental work Shalsheles Hakabbalah, he also authored numerous sefarim that remain unprinted.
The present work was published by the kabbalist Rabbi Yosef Samiga, it includes a poem by the noted Jewish grammarian Rabbi Shmuel Arkwalti, author of Arugas Habosem.
Despite the fact that this work contains numerous factual errors of historical events, as noted by the Yashar of Candia and Chida, it is still highly acclaimed as an important historical work and it is a primary source for various Jewish historical data.
Venice, 1587. First Edition. Page Count: 122 leaves. Page Size: 18.5 cm.
Condition: Minor restoration on title page margin. stains. New red leather binding.
Bibliography: Stefansky, Sifrei Yesod #538
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