Auction 85 - Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Sefer Michlol – Constantinople, 1533-1534 – Last Book Printed by Gershom Soncino

Opening: $500
Sold for: $625
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Sefer Michlol, Hebrew grammar, by R. David Kimchi, the Radak. Constantinople: [Gershom Soncino, 1533-1534]. Octavo edition.
Prominent Hebrew printer Gershom Soncino printed books in many Italian cities. In the 1520s, he moved to the Ottoman Empire, printing several books in Salonika and later in Constantinople. Gershom passed away in 1534, in the course of printing Sefer Michlol. The book appeared in two parallel editions, in different formats – folio and octavo. The printing was completed by Gershom's son, Eliezer, who operated the Soncino printing press in Constantinople until 1547.
Gershom's death during the course of printing is mentioned in a long colophon printed in the folio edition only. Habermann and Yaari therefore suggest that the octavo edition was completed while Gershon was still alive, and record 1533 as the year of printing. However, it is more likely that both editions were completed by Eliezer Soncino after his father's death.
Several glosses. Ownership inscriptions on front endpaper, including: "…the grammarian R. Yaakov son of R. Gershon, who moved to the Holy Land".
[244] leaves. Lacking title page and leaves [2], [4], [139]-[143] and [253]-[254] (total of 10 leaves lacking). Additional leaves at the beginning, with handwritten text of title page and beginning of book. 13 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains. Tears, including open tears, affecting text in several places, some repaired with paper. Worming, affecting text. Leaves trimmed close to text (affecting text on some leaves). Some loose leaves. Inscriptions. Old binding, damaged.

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Early Printed Books – 16th-17th Centuries