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

Keter Shem Tov, Part I – Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – First Edition – Zhovkva, 1794 – Signature of Rabbi Shmuel Heller

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Keter Shem Tov – selections of the Baal Shem Tov's teachings, Part I, compiled by R. Aharon HaKohen of Żelechów and Apta (Opatów). Zhovkva: Yehuda Leib Meyerhoffer and Mordechai Rabinstein, [1794]. First edition.
Part I of Keter Shem Tov – the renowned compendium of the Baal Shem Tov's teachings, selected from the books of his disciples, R. Yaakov Yosef of Polonne and the Maggid of Mezeritch. This is one of the first compendiums printed of the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov. The book was published in two parts in Zhovkva, 1794-1795.
The compiler of this book, R. Aharon HaKohen of Żelechów and Apta, authored several popular Chassidic books, including: Or HaGanuz LaTzadikim, the Tefilla Yeshara – Keter Nehora siddur and other books.
On the title page and several other leaves, signatures of R. Shmuel Heller, rabbi of Safed (1786-1884, an outstanding Torah scholar, proficient in a range of sciences including medicine). Signatures of R. Moshe Deutsch of Sighet and Safed, son-in-law of R. Shmuel Heller's son.
[30] leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, including dampstains and wear. Worming to title page and several other leaves, repaired. Tears to title page, slightly affecting text (leaf professionally restored). Open tear to top left-hand corner of leaf 21, not affecting text, repaired. Minor marginal open tears to three leaves preceding final leaf, repaired. Inscriptions. New leather binding.

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