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ALGABA, JACOB B. MOSES DI:

Translator into Hebrew of the celebrated medieval romance, "Amadis de Gaul." The translation probably appeared at Constantinople between 1534 and 1546. A copy of the work, which is extremely rare, is in the British Museum (see the "Catalogue" of Van Straalen, p. 11, London, 1894).

The name Algaba, as Steinschneider suggests, may be either a patronym, or an apocope of the Hebrew word ("treasurer"). In the latter case its full form would be "Algabai."

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Uebers. p. 965;
  • Jew. Quart. Rev. x. 514;
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, p. 39.
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