Auction 83 - Part I - Rare and Important Items

Manuscript – Etz Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital – Radzin, 1776

Opening: $2,000
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Sold for: $10,625
Including buyer's premium
Manuscript of the book Etz Chaim – teachings of the Arizal recorded by R. Chaim Vital. "Capital city of Razin" (presumably Radzin, present day: Radzyń Podlaski, Poland), 1776.
The volume opens with a decorative title page. The manuscript was scribed by several writers, in neat cursive Ashkenazic script typical of that period.
Glosses from "Mahadura Kama" and from kabbalists were added in several places (in "windows" or in the margins; one gloss is attributed to R. A. HaLevi, from a Mahadura Batra manuscript of R. Chaim Vital).
[269] leaves (+ blank leaves). 18.5 cm. Overall good condition. Several leaves in fair condition. Stains (particularly dark stains to several leaves, affecting text). Worming, primarily to first and final leaves, affecting text. Inscriptions on endpaper. Old binding, damaged and partially detached.
The city of Radzin was home to Tzaddikim and kabbalists. R. Yaakov Shimon Chaim Deutsch of Zelichov, a leading disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin, resided there in the 1820s. Later the city was the center of the renowned Radzin Chassidic dynasty.
Manuscripts – Kabbalah, Halachah and Aggadah