London: George Routledge & Sons LTD, 1925. Second Edition Revised Throughout (Fourth Impression). Cloth and boards. Thick 8vo (8 3/4" x 5 7/8" x 2"), maroon cloth with gold lettering on spine and blindstamped borders on front cover, [archival mylar-protected sleeve added], lix, [lx] + 414 pages. Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. Fine / None [Clear plastic sleeve added]. Item #6422
Moses ben Maimon (1138 - 1204 CE)-- aka "Maimonides" and "Rambam"--was one of the most brilliant and accomplished Jewish scholar-philosophers of all time. He wrote his Guide in Old Cairo, Egypt, around 1190.
Since many of The Guide's philosophical rationalizing concepts, such as his view of the relationship between philosophy (especially Aristotelian) and religion, are relevant beyond Jewish theology, it has been the most influential work associated with Maimonides in the non-Jewish world.
The first complete English translation was The Guide for the Perplexed, by Michael Friedländer, with Mr. Joseph Abrahams and Reverend H. Gollancz, and dates from 1881. It was originally published in a three-volume edition with footnotes. In 1904 it was republished in a less expensive one volume edition, without footnotes, with revisions. Friedländer had solid command of Judeao-Arabic and remained particularly faithful to the literal text of Maimonides' work.
SUPERIOR CONDITION: Tight, clean copy with light uniform age-toning.