Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Tefilot Vulgar – Italian Rite Siddur – Mantua, 1561 – Judeo-Italian

Opening: $5,000
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Sold for: $6,250
Including buyer's premium
Tefilot Vulgar, Italian rite siddur translated into Judeo-Italian. [Mantua: Jacob Kohen of Gazolo, 1561].
Siddur according to Italian rite, entirely translated into Judeo-Italian (vulgar, or volgare – vernacular, the language of the people, in this case Italian).
Includes: One hundred blessings; Hatavat Chalom; 72 verses; prayers for weekdays and Shabbat; additional prayers and piyyutim for Rosh Chodesh, festivals and special days.
The text of the siddur is based on earlier editions of Italian rite siddurim, printed in Fano 1506 and Bologna 1539, and translated by R. Yaakov Yisrael to Judeo-Italian, with variations.
Colophon on final leaf: "Completed here in Mantua, under the reign of our master Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga, on Rosh Chodesh Iyar 1561, by Yaakov Kohen son of R. Naftali HaKohen of Gazolo…".
The colophon is followed by the printer's device – priestly hands surmounted by a crown (representing the crown of priesthood; see: A. Yaari, Diglei HaMadpisim HaIvriim, Jerusalem 1944, no. 23; note on page 134).
Foliation in Italian, in Hebrew characters.
[170] leaves. Title page lacking and replaced in photocopy. 14 cm. Overall good condition. Many stains, including dampstains. Minor worming to several leaves. Ex-library copy (Schocken Library, Jerusalem). Fine, new leather binding. In a matching box.
See also: A. Piattelli, Bibliographia shel Machzorim VeSiddurim KeMinhag Bnei Roma, no. 21.
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