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Galatino, Pietro. Petri Galatini De arcanis Catholicæ veritatis, libri XII. Quibus pleraque religionis christianæ capita contra Iudæos, tam ex Scripturis veteris Testamenti authenticis, quàm ex Talmudicorum commentariis, confirmare & illustrare conatus est. Item, Iohannis Reuchlini Phorcensis, de Cabala, seu de symbolica receptione, Dialogus tribus libris absolutus. Edition novissima mendis innumeris expurgata multis modis emendata, & variè, prout postrema id uberius declarabit Præfatio, exornata. Cum duobus indicibus locupletissimiss.

❧ Francofurti ad Moenum [Frankfurt am Main]: Sumptibus Jacobi Godofredi Seyler, mdclxxii. [1672]. In Latin. 321 × 205 mm (12.75 × 8 in.). [10] leaves, 776 columns, [16] leaves. Title page in red and black. Engraved vignette on title page. Wood cut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Text in double columns. Ink inscription on half-title: Pio Lectura S. Bonaventur Dettelb.” Ink stamp on half and full title page: Franziskaner Kloster Dettelbach.” Leaf [par.]2 is misbound after 2[par.]6, but preliminaries complete. Very Good. Full calf, covers scuffed and worn from use. Rebacked. Head of spine chipped revealing the sewn-on headband. Spine title: Revchlinvs et Picvs:Mirandvlnvs.” Edges stained red. Cropped with some loss to marginal annotations.

The seventh edition of Galatino’s most famous work, in which he attempts to prove the truth of the Christian faith by using Jewish texts. Agreeing with Reuchlin, Galatino further argues for Christians to eagerly take up the study of Jewish works and cites Jewish scripture, which is reproduced in this work in Hebrew type. The first edition appeared in 1518 and was written to oppose the confiscation of Jewish books in the Holy Roman Empire, as decreed by Maximilian i in 1509, encouraged by Johannes Pfefferkorn.

Though this first edition was published by a Jewish printer, Gershom Soncino, Galatino’s interest in Judaism and Jewish texts is not at all sympathetic, and his works are anti-Jewish. His sense of religious freedom” or tolerance” only extended to the point where Galatino could find in Jewish texts a means of upholding Christian beliefs while disproving Judaism using its own works. The work is set up as a dialogue between Capnio (whose perspectives reflect those of Johann Reuchlin, a German scholar opposed to the destruction of Jewish books), an inquisitor, and Galatino. In this edition, Galatino’s three-part Arte cabalistica follows after De arcanis.

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