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

Torah Or – Bologna, 1538

Opening: $800
Sold for: $2,250
Including buyer's premium

Torah Or, on the topics of afterlife and the World to Come, by Don Yosef ibn Yachya. Bologna: Silk Weaver's Guild, [1538].
Printed on verso of title page is a menorah-shaped poem (slightly trimmed), in praise of the book.
The author's introduction includes interesting details about the expulsion from Portugal. In the introduction, he writes that this work is the first of three "pillars": Torah Or, Derech Chaim and Ner Mitzvah. The author's son, R. Gedaliah ibn Yachya, relates in his book Shalshelet HaKabbalah that Derech Chaim and Ner Mitzvah were burnt in Padua in 1553.
Inscriptions on title page, in Sephardic cursive script (some in Ladino). Signatures on leaf 2: "Yaakov son of R. Avraham de Castro", "Avraham Tzorfati", "Chaim de Castro".
36 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears and wear. Extensive worming, affecting text. Damaged and partially detached binding.

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