Auction 85 - Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Machbarot Immanuel – Constantinople, 1535 – Printed by Eliezer Soncino – Signature of Rabbi Shimshon Bachi

Opening: $1,000
Sold for: $1,625
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Machbarot Immanuel, by Immanuel son of Shlomo of Rome. Constantinople: Eliezer son of Gershom Soncino, 1535. Second edition.
Immanuel son of Shlomo of Rome (1261-1330) was a Jewish poet, satirist and commentator of the Bible. Machbarot Immanuel is an anthology of twenty-eight chapters ("Machbarot"), containing lengthy Maqamas, incorporating songs, stories, allegories, dialogues and more, in the spirit of the Italian renaissance, as reflected by a Jewish sage of that era.
Signature in Italian script on the leaf following the title page: "Shimshon Bachi". This is presumably the signature of R. Shimshon Bachi the second (b. 1693; grandson of R. Shimshon Bachi the first), rabbi of Casale.
Ownership inscriptions in Italian script on the title page.
Hebrew alphabet inscribed in Italian script over the entire final page.
[156] leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains. Minor wear. Marginal open tears to several leaves. Title page trimmed, with damage to engraved border. Old cloth binding, with damage.

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Early Printed Books – 16th-17th Centuries