Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Likutei Moharan – Second Edition Printed in the Home of R. Natan of Breslov – Breslov, 1821

Opening: $2,000
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Sold for: $17,500
Including buyer's premium

Likutei Moharan (Kama and Tinyana), by R. Nachman of Breslov. [Breslov: printed in the home of his disciple R. Natan of Breslov, 1821]. Second edition.
Divisional title pages.
The place of printing of the first edition of each part is emphasized on each title page: the word "Ostroh" is enlarged on the title page of Part I ("…wonderful things added to the first edition printed 13 years ago – in Ostroh"), and the word "Mohyliv" is enlarged on the title page of Part II ("This holy book was printed already ten years ago, and is now being reprinted with the addition of references… and with the addition of several new novellae which were not mentioned at all in the first books printed – in Mohyliv").
These books were arranged and printed by R. Natan of Breslov (Moharnat), disseminator of his teacher's doctrine. Disappointed with the quantity of errors which crept into the first edition, Moharnat decided to establish a special printing press in his home in Breslov for the purpose of printing the books of his prime teacher in holiness and purity. In the book Yemei Moharnat, he describes the difficulties in establishing the printing press: "…G-d helped me and placed in my heart thoughts and wonderful ideas, until I merited that year to establish a printing press and to print the books of our teacher, Likutei Moharan Kama and Tinyana…". R. Natan then recounts the many difficulties in obtaining paper (books from these printings are very rare, and were printed on unprocessed paper of uneven size), and the difficulties in obtaining governmental license. The press was eventually closed by the authorities and R. Natan was compelled to flee.
Handwritten inscription on leaf 2 of part I: "This book belongs to Yaakov Farber… Breslever koiz".

4, 122, [1]; [1], 44 leaves. 23 cm. Good-fair condition, first leaves in fair condition. Stains. Traces of past dampness to several leaves. Wear. Large marginal open tears to title page of part I, slightly affecting text, and open tears to other leaves, repaired with paper. Worming, slightly affecting text, repaired in part with paper. Stamps. New binding.

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