SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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[Bemidbar - Book of Numbers...]

20th Century.
20th Century.

Persian-Judeo manuscript work. Octavo, full leather ruled in blind and with repeat diamond motif to boards. Boards worn, some corners missing, spine newly rebound in brown leather. With new cloth hinges. Newly restored brown leather flap. Persian in Hebrew characters? A book of numbers, published in the second half of the 20th century, this work is the 4th book of the Hebrew bible, & the 4th of 5 books of the Jewish 'Torah' (the central reference of Judaism). Numbers begin at Mt. Sinai, where the Israelities receive their laws from God. Numbers is the culmination of the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt and journey to the 'Promised Land' (the land God promised to their fathers). "Bemidbar" is Hebrew for 'in the desert of...". *Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool. (Ronnorm@aol.com)* Coloured plates in order: 1. Battle between warriors on horseback, and on Elephant, more warriors look on in background. 2. People, and assorted animals sit and listen to words from a wiseman. 3. Two lovers embrace. (Joseph/Zulaykha) 4. Warriors fighting on horseback. 5. Nobleman sitting in his luxurious tent in the desert, surrounded by servants and attendants.