Auction 88 - Part I - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Seder HaYom – Venice, 1599 – First Edition – First Source for the Modeh Ani Prayer – Promise of the Author: "I am Assured that One who Follows This Order… Will be Beloved by G-d and Man, and Will See Success in All His Dealings… Will Enjoy Longevity, Sons and Grandsons…"

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Seder HaYom, laws and practices following the daily routine of a person on weekdays, Shabbat and festivals, with a commentary on the prayers, by R. Moshe son of Machir of Safed. Venice: Daniel Zanetti, [1599]. First edition, printed in the author's lifetime.
Halachic-kabbalistic work, describing the proper conduct to be followed throughout the day. The author promises that whoever follows this order "…will be beloved by G-d and man, will see success in all his dealings… will enjoy longevity, sons and grandsons…". This book is the source of various customs, including the recital of the Modeh Ani prayer.
At the top of leaf 2, ownership inscription dated 1732, handwritten and signed by R. Yehuda son of R. Yochanan Ghiron, rabbi of Florence for over forty years.
Censorship expurgations. In several places, the deleted lines were replaced in the margins in handwriting (by R. Yehuda Ghiron?). Several other glosses.
Various handwritten inscriptions on the endpapers and title page (some deleted with ink). Signature on title page. Ownership inscription on final page.
Seder HaYom became a classic guidebook on prayer and worship of G-d, cherished by Chassidic leaders. It was reprinted in many editions over the years.
The author – R. Moshe son of Machir, prominent Torah scholar and kabbalist in Safed (in the times of the disciples of the Arizal, the Beit Yosef and the Baal HaCharedim). He served as dean of the yeshiva in Ein al-Zeitun, a village close to Safed.
120 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, including many dampstains. Ink stains to title page. Censorship deletions of several lines in various places (with minor open tears and damage to text on two leaves, due to ink erosion). Minor marginal tears to title page, repaired with paper on both sides. Marginal paper repairs to several leaves. Some glosses slightly trimmed. Censor's signatures on verso of final leaf. Old binding.

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Incunabula and Early Printed Books – 15th-17th Centuries
Incunabula and Early Printed Books – 15th-17th Centuries