“TAKE THEE A ROLL OF A BOOK, AND WRITE THEREIN ALL THE WORDS THAT I HAVE SPOKEN UNTO THEE"
HEBREW BIBLE. Jeremiah. Geneva: Kafa Elon, 1617. 16mo (3 by 5 inches), period-style full calf with blind and gilt-tooled boards and spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands. $1800.
Early 17th-century Geneva edition in Hebrew of the prophetic Book of Jeremiah, finely printed by Petrus de la Rouière, beautifully bound.
This is one volume from the 18-part sextodecimo edition of the Hebrew Bible issued from 161720. Publisher Kafa (Cephas) Elon has been identified as Petrus de la Rouière, a Christian printer of Latin and Greek works, among them the first bilingual Josephus (1611). Petrus here uses an Aramaic version of his name, meaning Rock Oak. The Petrus Bibles are based on earlier Venice editions, particularly those of Giustiniani (mid-16th century) to which they are typographically related. The editor was Johann Caspar Oder. Issued shortly after the quarto edition. Text in Hebrew. Darlow & Moule 5121.
A lovely copy.