Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Tanya Rabati – First Edition – Mantua, 1514

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Minhag Avot Tanya, customs and laws, by R. Yechiel son of R. Yekutiel Anav, author of Maalot HaMiddot. [Mantua: Samuel Latif, 1514]. First edition.
Printed without a title page. Printer's colophon on leaf [99], dated Sivan 1514 in Mantua.
This book is an abridgement of Shibolei HaLeket, with many additions. It was arranged as a halachic composition accompanying the Italian-rite siddur (Minhag Bnei Roma). The book was printed anonymously, but in various editions was attributed to R. Yechiel son of R. Asher (the Rosh) and to R. Yechiel son of R. Tzidkiyah. It was reprinted in many editions, usually titled Tanya Rabati or Tanya Rabata.
Censorship deletions in several places. Brief gloss on one leaf.

[99] leaves. Final leaf (with table of contents) lacking (replaced in photocopy). Four leaves in middle of book ([81]-[84] – laws of Yom Kippur) bound out of sequence. Approx. 20 cm. Most leaves in good condition, first two leaves in fair condition. Stains. Worming, affecting text (primarily to first two leaves). Minor marginal open tears to several leaves. Large open tears to first two leaves, close to text, repaired with paper (leaves possibly supplied from a different copy). New leather binding.

For more information about this work and its author, see: I.Z. Feintuch, Masorot V'Nuschaot BaTalmud, Ramat Gan 1985, pp. 65-76; Y. Ta-Shema, in: Italia, XI, 1995, pp. 48-49.
Provenance: Collection of the Valmadonna Trust Library.

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