8vo, pp. [ii], 219, ; with an engraved titlepage reproducing a drawing by Corregio; pages uncut, a few marginal stains to the very bottom of the centre gatherings; bound in blue paper wrappers with manuscript inscriptions to both sides of the upper wrapper.
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First edition of this rare history of the Hebrew language. Including a preface delivered as a lecture at the University of Pavia, the first part of the work discusses Hebrew grammar, noting its consanguinity with other Eastern languages, including Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic and Arabic. Choosing standard Latin phrases, Mussi discusses the points of grammar involved in their translation into (transliterated) Hebrew. The remainder of the work comprises the first song of Moses in Hebrew with a parallel Italian verse translation, followed by a further translation into Latin verse, and an extensive commentary which draws on other Semitic languages.
Antonio Mussi (1751-1810) was Professor of Oriental Languages at Padua University and director of the Ambrosian Library.
The Italian collective Catalogue lists four copies.
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