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Imbonati, Carlo Giuseppe [Hebrew title] Bibliotheca Latino-Hebraica sive de Scriptoribus Latinis [with] Avventus Messiae a Iudaeorum Blasphemiis, ac Haereticorum Calumniis vindicatus Rome Propaganda Fide 1694
First edition Two parts in one volume, folio, pp. [xv (including half-title)], 549, 277, [iv], engraved portrait of the author by Hub. Vincent after Franc. Andreonus Contemporary vellum, rather soiled, over card boards. Some leaves spotted, a few browned. A very good copy. Bookplate of the Library of the Metropolitan Church of Westminter, with duplicate stamp.

Carlo Giuseppe Imbonati, Cistercian, orientalist, biographer, theologian, born at Milan, flourished in the latter half of the seventeenth century. He occupied the chairs of theology and Hebrew in Rome and was raised to the dignity of abbot. A pupil of Giulio Bartolocci, member of the same order and projector of the "Bibliotheca magna rabbinica", the earliest account of Hebrew literature in its rabbinic phase, Imbonati eventually became his master's collaborator and on his demise he completed and edited the fourth volume (Rome 1693) of this monumental work, which, laid the foundation for Wolf's "Bibliotheca hebraica" and similar works. This, the supplementary fifth volume, gives, under 1,319 numbers, 2,166 works written in Latin on rabbinic subjects, and also contains a "Chronology of Sacred Scripture" and two dissertations of an apologetico-polemical character (viz., on the Messias, and on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ) based upon miscellaneous Hebrew, Greek, and Latin writings.