Auction 88 - Part I - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Even Bochan – Naples, 1489 – Incunabulum – Incomplete Copy

Opening: $3,500
Sold for: $4,375
Including buyer's premium

Even Bochan, ethics, by R. Kalonymus son of Kalonymus (Rabbenu Kalonymus HaZaken). [Naples: Joseph son of Jacob Ashkenazi, end of Elul 1489]. First edition. Incunabulum.
Incomplete copy.
The printer, Joseph son of Jacob Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser (from Gunzenhausen, Bavaria), was a pioneer in Hebrew printing, active in Italy in the early years of printing. His press produced all of 15 Hebrew titles. The editor and proofreader of this book was R. Yom Tov son of Peretz (Bonfoi) Zarfati.
There was a printing error in the first copies of this edition – pages [32a]-[33b] were printed in the wrong order (the correct order is 33b, 32b, 33a, 32a). This error was later rectified, and the remaining copies were printed correctly. This copy contains the uncorrected leaves.
Incomplete copy: [21] leaves (originally: [50] leaves. Lacking 29 leaves). Leaves present: [15-19], [22-27], [29-36], [39], [42] (leaves 3-7 of gathering 3, leaves 2-7 of gathering 4, gathering 5 complete [8 leaves], leaves 3 and 6 of gathering 6). 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Most leaves complete. Marginal open tears to several leaves, not affecting text. Open tear to final leaf, affecting text. Several other tears. Most tears repaired with paper. New binding (with leather spine).

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Incunabula and Early Printed Books – 15th-17th Centuries
Incunabula and Early Printed Books – 15th-17th Centuries