Auction 71 - The Collection of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

May 5, 2020

Noheg KaTzon Yosef – Hanau, 1717 – Special Copy, with Dedication on Front Cover to the Dayan Rabbi Kosman Segal

Opening: $800
Sold for: $1,375
Including buyer's premium
Noheg KaTzon Yosef, laws and Western-Ashkenazic customs, including customs of Frankfurt, by R. Yosef Yuspa HaLevi Segal. Hanau, [1717]. First edition.
Special copy, presumably prepared upon request of the author, with a dedication embossed on the front board of the leather-covered wooden binding: " Gift for the one whose home is open to all, my master and relative, the distinguished rabbi… exceptional dayan and dean… R. Kosman Segal". The recipient of the book was presumably R. Moshe Kosman Essen son of R. Yehuda Lima HaLevi, dayan in Nikolsburg, who signed two approbations together with other Nikolsburg dayanim in 1712 and 1715. It must be noted that the author's father was also named R. Moshe Kosman of Essen (as printed on the title page and at the end of the preface: "Yosef… son of the pious rabbi, R. Moshe Kosman Segal of Essen"). We were unable to determine how the author's father and R. Moshe Kosman Segal, dayan in Nikolsburg, were related.
Signature on the title page: "Kosman Abeles" (possibly a descendant of the original recipient of the book). Ownership inscription on the back endpaper: "This book belongs to the distinguished and renowned chief… R. Wolf Abeles of Alt-Ofen".
[3], 89, [2] leaves. Approx. 20 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Stains. Small marginal tears to title page and to several other leaves. Minor worming. Original leather-covered wooden binding, with clasp remnants. Tears and damage to binding.
[2] leaves at the end of the book contain Tzon HaNachalot. A controversy arose following the printing of the book, regarding several customs and laws mentioned in it. These two leaves, which were added to the book after printing, were composed by the author's father-in-law, R. Yehuda Mehler of Bingen, who reviewed the book and corrected the customs which aroused a controversy. These leaves were included in only some of the copies.
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Jewish Books and Manuscripts