Early Hebrew Grammar

Guidacerius, Agathus. Institutiones grammatice hebraice linguae.

[Paris], Gilles de Gourmont, 1529.

4to. 36 unnumbered ff. With broad figural woodcut title border, a figural woodcut initial, and a large woodcut vignette on last leaf verso. Modern vellum.


Very rare second edition of this Hebrew grammar, written in Latin by the Italian orientalist Agatho Guidacerio from Rocca-Coragio in Calabria (1477-1542?). As was the first edition, this revision is dedicated to his patron Leo X (Giovanni Medici).

Year of printing in Greek. A few pencil markings and contemporary ms. marginalia and notes. Inner margin slightly waterstained throughout; the unclothed torso of the female figure in the printer’s device on the last leaf has been contemporarily obscured in ink.

Extremely rare; no copy established in libraries internationally or in the past 30 years’ trade.


Jewish Encyclopedia (in JBA S45, 21f.). Hoefer, NBG XXII, 537. Cf. Michaud, Biogr. Univ. XVIII, 100. Cf. Jöcher Suppl. I, 295 (cites Paris, 1537 as 1st ed.). Cf. Fürst I, 346 (Paris, 1539). Cf. Steinschneider I, 1022, 5167 (Paris, 1540). Not in BM-STC French. Not in Adams. For printer’s device and title border cf. Renouard, Marques typogr. Paris, 384.