Auction 83 - Part I - Rare and Important Items

abylonian Talmud – Tractate Kiddushin – Venice, 1520 – Printed by Bomberg – First Edition – Incomplete, Damaged Copy

Opening: $3,000
Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Sold for: $3,750
Including buyer's premium
Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Kiddushin. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1520]. First edition.
Volume from the first Talmud edition printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice. This is the first edition comprising the entire Babylonian Talmud. This famous edition (The Venice Talmud) served as prototype for all future Talmud editions. It established the text of the Talmud, the page layout and pagination used until this day.
"Registro" table listing the gatherings and the opening text of each sheet (to facilitate bookbinding).
Several glosses. Many handwritten inscriptions in margins. Trimmed calligraphic signature (in Sephardic script) on p. 47b: "[--] son of Mordechai the dayan". Lengthy gloss (trimmed) on p. 63b, ending with the acronym "Hayagia". Other inscriptions on final leaf (mention of the Beit Midrash of "R. Yeshaya Dabach", and more).
Incomplete, damaged copy. 25-97 leaves. Lacking first 24 leaves (including title page). Approx. 32 cm. Poor condition. Stains, including dampstains (several leaves with many stains). Minor mold stains to first leaves. Open tears and significant worming with extensive damage to text. Many repairs with transparent paper (sometimes over text). Leaves trimmed with damage to headings and text. New binding.
Comments handwritten by Dr. Israel Mehlman on endpaper.
Early Books - 16th Century