Auction 93 Part 2 - Ancient Books, Chassidic and Kabbalistic Books, Manuscripts and Letters

Issur VeHeter – Ferrara, 1555 – First Edition

Opening: $1,000
Sold for: $2,500
Including buyer's premium

Issur VeHeter, by R. Yonah Ashkenazi of Regensburg. Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque, [1555]. First edition.
Title page states that the book was authored by R. Yonah (the book was occasionally misattributed to Rabbenu Yonah Gerondi). This book, which is also known as Issur VeHeter HaAroch, was authored by R. Yonah son of R. Isserl Ashkenazi, a Torah scholar of Regensburg, and dayan in the Beit Din of R. Yisrael Bruna. R. Yonah was the disciple and mechutan of R. Yisrael Isserlein, author of Terumat HaDeshen. Issur VeHeter HaAroch became one of the primary sources of Halachic rulings on Kashrut for Ashkenazi Jews.
Usque's printer's device at center of title page.
Stamp on third leaf of R. Benzion Wesel Rabbi of Brașov and Turda (1864-1938), leading rabbi in his times, head of the Orthodox Bureau of Transylvanian rabbis.
Trimmed ownership inscription on title page.

[174] leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Many stains. Worming, affecting text, repaired in part with paper. Open tears, affecting title page border and text, repaired with paper (small parts of border completed by hand). Marginal paper repairs to many leaves at beginning and end of book, and to several other leaves (possibly supplied from a different copy). New leather binding.

The present copy includes the final two leaves of errata, which are lacking in many copies.

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