Arabic and Hebrew wisdom literature united

Drusius, Johannes. Apophthegmata Ebraeorum ac Arabum, ex Avoth R. Nathan, Aristea, libro selectarum margaritarum, & aliis auctoribus collecta, latineque reddita, cum brevibus scholiis. Editio altera melior & auctior.

Franeker, Aegidius Radaeus (Gilles van den Rade), 1612.

(8), 92 pp. With woodcut vignette to title-page. Modern green marbled wrappers. 4to.


Second, expanded edition of this rare linguistic treatise by the Dutch oriental scholar Johannes van den Driesche (Drusius, 1550-1616): a collection of Hebrew and Arabic wisdom literature in Latin translation. The first edition had been produced by the same publisher in 1591; the present edition preserves the dedication to Thomas Bodley, dated 1 August 1591.

"In 1577 the University of Leiden entrusted Driesche with the chair of Hebrew, Chaldaean, and Syriac, which he relinquished in 1585 in favour of the better-endowed chair in Franeker. For thirty years he discharged his duties with great assiduity" (cf. ADB V, 489).

Occasional insignificant browning.


OCLC 45974008.