Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Letter Handwritten and Signed by Rabbi Akiva Eger – Posen, 1820

Opening: $20,000
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
Sold for: $25,000
Including buyer's premium
Handwritten leaf, copying of a letter from the dayanim of Tiktin (Tykocin), endorsing halachic rulings issued by the rabbi of the city, R. Moshe Ze'ev Margolies, author of Agudat Ezov, followed by a letter of approbation handwritten and signed by R. Akiva Eger. Posen, Adar 1820.
The leaf opens with a copying of the approbation of the dayanim of Tiktin on two rulings by the rabbi of the city – R. Moshe Ze'ev Margolies, permitting women to reunite with their husbands. The dayanim, R. Yehuda Leib son of R. Y.L. Kahana and R. Aryeh Leib HaLevi begin their approbation with praise of R. Moshe Ze'ev.
The copying is followed by a letter of approbation – three lines handwritten and signed by R. Akiva Eger, praising R. Moshe Ze'ev and approving his ruling without any doubt whatsoever. Dated and signed: "Thursday 16th Adar 1820, Posen, Akiva Günsman".
The halachic rulings to which these approbations relate were printed in Responsa Agudat Ezov by R. Moshe Ze'ev Margolies, Even HaEzer part, Vilna 1885, sections 1-2. The contents of this leaf were printed there at the end of section 2, followed by an additional responsum by R. Akiva Eger on the same topic. This leaf was presumably used in the printing of Responsa Agudat Ezov, since several lines of heading were added to the letter by R. Akiva Eger, and these were printed verbatim in Agudat Ezov. Two sections from the second responsum by R. Akiva Eger on this topic were copied on the verso of this leaf.
[1] leaf. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Marginal damage and tears, slightly affecting several characters.
Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures – Ashkenazi Rabbis