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

Tzofnat Pane'ach – By Rabbi Shmuel HaKohen Lusitano of Pisa – Venice, 1640 – Book Opposed by Rabbi Shmuel Aboab

Opening: $300
Sold for: $500
Including buyer's premium

Tzofnat Pane'ach, commentary on Kohelet and Iyov, by R. Shmuel HaKohen Lusitano of Pisa. Venice, [1640]. Only edition.
The printing of the book was controversial. R. Shmuel Aboab opposed its printing, possibly due to the eschatological calculations the author makes, which could cause people to despair of the Redemption.
Poem in praise of the book by R. Yehuda Aryeh Modena at the beginning of the book.
Printer's device on title page. The date of printing is subject to dispute.
[4], 3-33 [i.e. 31] leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, including dampstains and dark ink stains. Marginal tears and open tears, not affecting text. Inscriptions on endpaper. Deleted inscriptions on title page. Stamps, partly deleted. New binding.

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Early Printed Books – Mid-17th Century and 18th Century
Early Printed Books – Mid-17th Century and 18th Century