Auction 85 - Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Babylonian Talmud – Berlin, 1861-1868 – Complete Set in Twelve Volumes – Christian Tampering of Text in Tractate Shabbat

Opening: $500

Babylonian Talmud, set in twelve volumes, with commentaries. Berlin: Julius Sittenfeld, 1861-1868.
The text on p. 31a of Tractate Shabbat in this edition was tampered with during printing: the letter Heh was omitted from the word "yeshua" in the phrase "Tzipita liyeshua" (did you await salvation), reading instead "yeshu" (Jesus). Samuel Shraga Feigensohn, the Vilna activist and publisher, discovered the corruption and informed R. Nachman Avraham Goldberg, publisher of this edition, who promptly reprinted four thousand corrected copies of this leaf and sent them to the buyers of this edition (see Hebrew sidebar). In the present copy of Tractate Shabbat, the original, uncorrected version appears, with the textual corruption.
See Hebrew description for the year of printing of each tractate.
12 volumes. 38 cm. Dry and browned paper in some volumes. Overall good to good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains. Wear to some leaves. Open tears to several leaves, including title pages. Worming; one vol. with extensive worming. Several detached leaves. Old leather bindings, some damaged and lacking spine.

PLEASE NOTE: Item descriptions were shortened in translation. For further information, please refer to Hebrew text.

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