Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Machzor Shaar Bat Rabim – Venice, 1711-1715 – Complete Set in Four Volumes – Glosses

Opening: $1,000
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Sold for: $3,000
Including buyer's premium

Machzor Shaar Bat Rabim, Part I – prayers for weekdays, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and festivals, and Part II – prayers for the High Holidays and festivals of Tishrei, "following the rite of the Ashkenazi community", with the Hadrat Kodesh commentary, by R. Yitzchak son of R. Yaakov Yosef HaLevi. Venice: Bragadin, [1711-1715]. Complete set. Two parts in four volumes.
Fine engraved title pages at the beginning of parts I and II (vols. I and III).
This elegant machzor was published at the initiative of the Italian communities, who undertook to buy the printed copies. The machzor was printed and sold in individual gatherings.
Many handwritten glosses in vol. II, in neat Italian script. The glosses contain references, emendations, and textual variations for the piyyutim, comments regarding the customs pertaining to the prayer text, and more. In several places, the writer mentions the custom of his hometown, Casale. Inscription on the first leaf of vol. II: "Moshe Levi".

Four volumes. Vol. I: 228 leaves. Vol. II: 229-360 leaves. Vol. III: 193 leaves. Vol. IV: 194-372, 377-384 leaves. 39-39.5 cm. High-quality paper. Wide margins. Condition varies. Most leaves of vol. I in good-fair condition, some leaves in fair condition. Vols. II, III and IV in good to good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains. Traces of past dampness with mold to some leaves of vol. I. Wear to some leaves of vol. I. Worming. Tears to vol. I, including open tears (some large), repaired with paper. Three volumes in new bindings; vol. II in early leather binding with extensive abrasion (new paper labels to spine).

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