Auction 44
Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters

Lot Number 12

Melechet Machshevet – Venice, 1710 – Attractive Copy with Illustrated Title Page and Author’s Portrait

Sold For
2,214$
Opening
1,800$

Lot Number 12

Melechet Machshevet – Venice, 1710 – Attractive Copy with Illustrated Title Page and Author’s Portrait

Melechet Machshevet, philosophical study on the five books of the Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Chefetz. Venice, [1710]. Bragadin printing.
Impressive complete copy containing a detailed copper engraving frontispiece, a leaf with the portrait of the author and a leaf with geometric sketches. Another sketch on Leaf 57.
Rabbi Moshe Chefetz (1664-1712, Otzar HaRabbanim 14709), an Italian Rabbi, researchers and philosopher.
His age at the time of printing is written in a colophon under his portrait, “ben me’ah shana” (literally 100 years old) the gematriya value of me’ah being 46. Many misunderstood that this was a gematriya and thought that he was 100 years old at the time he wrote the book.
[8], 98 leaves + three illustration plates. 29 cm. Good condition, high-quality paper, stains and moisture marks. Light worm marks to few leaves. Restoration on the bottom of the illustrated title page. New binding.

Sold For
2,214$
Opening
1,800$

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