Auction 83 - Part I - Rare and Important Items

Piskei Halachot Recanati – Bologna, 1538 – First Edition – Particularly Fine, Wide-Margined Copy

Opening: $1,800
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold for: $4,000
Including buyer's premium
Piskei Halachot by the kabbalist R. Menachem Recanati. Bologna: Silk Weavers' Guild, [1538]. First edition.
Particularly fine, wide-margined copy; clean pages.
The author, R. Menachem son of Binyamin Recanati (1250-1310), was an early Italian kabbalist. The present work, comprising his halachic rulings, served as an important source for halachic authorities of subsequent generations, and is quoted by poskim such as the Beit Yosef, the Shach and the Magen Avraham.
Brief handwritten inscriptions on several leaves, in Hebrew and Latin.
[12], 62 leaves. 20 cm. Light-colored, high-quality paper, with wide margins. Good condition. Edges colored blue. Stains, including minor dampstains. Minor worming to final leaves, slightly affecting text in one place. New leather binding
Early Books - 16th Century