Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Dedication and Blessing Handwritten and Signed by the Chazon Ish – Inscribed in his Book Chazon Ish on Tractates Demai and Maaserot

Opening: $1,000
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold for: $2,750
Including buyer's premium
Chazon Ish, on Demai, Maaserot and various selections [by R. Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz]. Jerusalem, Shemita year, [1938]. First edition.
In the front endpaper, dedication and blessing handwritten and signed by the author: "A souvenir of blessing for Mr. Asher son of Yehuda. Thursday, Kislev 16, 1953, Zichron Meir. A.Y.Sh." (initials of Avraham Yeshayahu).
R. Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz, author of the Chazon Ish (1878-1953) was a foremost scholar in Halacha and Jewish philosophy in our generation. A preeminent Torah scholar and hidden righteous man, his first book Chazon Ish was published in 1911 anonymously, and he thereafter became known under that title. (This book too does not mention the name of the author, though the name of the publisher [his brother-in-law] R. Shmuel Greineman is indicated on the title page and on its verso). He immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1933, where he became recognized as the leading Torah authority, and stood at the helm of the resurgence of the Torah world in our generation. He authored and published numerous volumes of Chazon Ish, which were written with great toil and in-depth study, covering nearly all Talmudic topics. Many turned to him in quest of blessing, advice and salvation.
[5], 3-67 leaves. 32 cm. High-quality paper. Fair-good condition. Dampstains and worming. Paper repairs to the endpapers. New binding.
The endpaper bears an additional dedication from the owner who presented it to a friend in 1992. On the verso of this leaf, a clipping from a (secular) newspaper dated 1978 is attached, with a picture of the Chazon Ish and citations of prose passages from his book Emuna UBitachon.
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