Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Darkei Yesharim – Practices of the Baal Shem Tov and His Disciples – Zhitomir, 1805

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Darkei Yesharim, Hanhagot Yesharot from the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples R. Menachem Mendel of Premishlan and R. Dov Ber, maggid of Mezeritch, with glosses by R. Avraham Abele of Chidnov (Chudniv), posek and maggid in Vitkov (Novyi Vytkiv), and selected homilies by the Maggid of Mezeritch. Zhitomir: printer not indicated, [1805]. Second edition.
The first edition was presumably printed in Zhovkva, 1794, and comprised two parts: Part I – kavanot of the Baal Shem Tov for ritual immersion and the additions which Chassidic communities insert in the Shabbat eve prayers, with the commentary of the Baal Shem Tov to Psalm 107 (Hodu); and Part II – Hanhagot Yesharot by the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples, and homilies by the Maggid of Mezeritch. In the present edition, only the second part was printed – Hanhagot Yesharot and homilies. The first part was printed in Zhitomir in the same year (1805) under a different title: Sefer M'Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov.

12 leaves. 15.5 cm. Greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Stains. Leaves trimmed with minor damage to text. Minor marginal open tears to title page and several other leaves, repaired with paper (repair to inner margin of title page, close to text). Minor worming, with minute damage to text. New binding.

Chassidic and Kabbalistic Books