Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Lechem Rav – Prague, 1608 – Approbation by the Maharal of Prague – Only Edition

Opening: $1,000
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Sold for: $1,875
Including buyer's premium

Lechem Rav, omissions and additions to Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by R. Shmuel son of Yosef Yoske of Lublin. Prague: Yehuda Leib and Azriel, sons of R. Moshe Darshan, in the press of Avraham son of Shalom, [1608]. Only edition.
On p. 3b, approbation by the Maharal of Prague, who praises the author and his book; concurred by his son-in-law R. Yitzchak son of R. Shimshon Katz.
The author, R. Shmuel Ish Lublin, dean and rabbi of Bumsla (Mladá Boleslav, north-east of Prague). This book is his only work, yet as he writes in his preface to the book, it is actually only a small part of a large-scale work on the entire Shulchan Aruch, titled Teshuvato HaRamata.
The year of printing is based on the colophon on the final leaf, which states that the printing was completed on Wednesday, Erev Rosh Hashanah 1608.
Signature on the title page: "Mordechai Friedman in Mezeritch" – signature of R. Mordechai Friedman, author of Meorer Yeshenim (Warsaw 1926) and Pote'ach Devarim (printed at the end of Responsa Ohel Moshe, Warsaw 1889); for further information, see: R. Eliezer Katzman, Glosses to the Book Shem HaGedolim, Yeshurun, Vol. XXIII, p. 625-635.

3, 5-48, 51-66 leaves. 19.5 cm. Browned paper. Good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains. Marginal tear to title page (leaf partially detached); additional tear to foot of leaf, repaired with paper on verso. Tear to final leaf, affecting text, repaired with paper. Worming, slightly affecting text. Stamps. New leather binding.

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