Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Chiddushei Aggadot by the Maharsha – Two Parts – First Editions Printed in the Author's Lifetime – Lublin-Kraków, 1627-1631

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Chiddushei Aggadot on the Talmud, by R. Shmuel Eliezer HaLevi Eidels – the Maharsha, two parts: Lublin: Tzvi son of Avraham Kalonymus Yoffe, [1627]; [Kraków: Menachem Nachum Meisels, 1631]. Two parts in two volumes. First, rare editions.
First editions of Chiddushei Aggadot by the Maharsha, printed in his lifetime (the printing of the second volume was completed a few months after his passing).
The first part was printed in Lublin and comprises the following tractates: Yevamot, Ketubot, Gittin, Kiddushin, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah, Berachot, Shabbat, Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin, Makkot, Shevuot, Horayot, Zevachim and Menachot. Part II was printed in Kraków and comprises: Eruvin, Pesachim, Yoma, Sukkah, Beitzah, Rosh Hashana, Taanit, Megillah, Chagigah, Moed Katan.
Before publishing Chiddushei Aggadot, the Maharsha published his work Chiddushei Halachot (Lublin, 1612). In his preface to Chiddushei Halachot, the Maharsha expresses his regret at not publishing Halachah and Aggadah as one intertwined work, as it is in the Talmud. He asks Torah scholars to study both works together. Per the Maharsha's wishes, the Metz printers decided to combine both works in their Talmud edition, using smaller type to differentiate Chiddushei Aggadot from Chiddushei Halachot. Since then, the Maharsha's commentaries were printed in all known Talmud editions following that format.

Two volumes (copies lacking several leaves). Vol. I: [1], 28; 7; 20; 69, 79-125; 44 leaves. Lacking 9 leaves: 70-78. Vol. II: 1, 3-5, 5-88 leaves. Lacking 4 leaves: first [2] leaves, and leaves 89-90 (all four leaves replaced in photocopy). Approx. 28-29 cm. Most leaves of vol. I in good-fair condition, vol. II in fair condition. Stains, including dampstains and traces of past dampness. Large, dark stains to several leaves of vol. II. Worming, affecting text. Tears, including open tears affecting text, repaired with paper. Extensive worming and open tears to title page of vol. I, affecting border and text (on both sides of leaf), repaired with paper (with photocopy and handwritten replacement of border and text). Margins of one leaf of vol. I trimmed. Inscriptions. New bindings.

Talmud and Talmudic Commentaries