Folio, mm. 274x185; Full vellum binding. Leaves 250 not numbered (leaf 150 and 250 are blank); Gothic type, 39 lines. Specimen printed on strong paper, very good condition, very slight wormholes on margins, slight sign of wear and very slight sign of humidity, fine copy.
Very rare incunabulum one of the first books printed in Mantua and the first edition of the Schall. Specimen of the first edition not containing the Epistle to Rabbi Isaac which was added later (see Oates, 2586). Schlomo ben Jitzchaq ha-Levi, was born in an eminent family of Jewish merchants and grew up in the Jewish faith until he became a rabbi in his hometown. Between 1390 and 1391 he, his brothers, sisters and others belonging to the family converted to Catholicism and with the conversion he was baptized with the name of Pablo García de Santa María (Paul of Santa María). After studying theology in Paris, he was ordained a priest there and went to the Avignon court of the antipope Benedict XIII. In 1401 Henry III of Castile proposed him as bishop of Cartagena and belonged to the circle of councilors who led the regency in the name of the minor John II of Castile and León and in 1407 he was appointed Chancellor of Castile by Regent Ferdinando I of Aragon. H.-C., 10765. Proctor, 6898. B.M.C., VII, 933. Polain, 3011. I.G.I., 7328. Oates, 2586.