Auction 62
Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Lot Number 18

Psakim U’Ktavim (Terumat HaDeshen) by Rabbi Yisrael Isserlein – Venice, 1519 – Printed by Daniel Bomberg – First Edition – Signature of Rabbi Shlomo Molcho and a Gloss Signed “Says Shlomo Molcho”

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Lot Number 18

Psakim U’Ktavim (Terumat HaDeshen) by Rabbi Yisrael Isserlein – Venice, 1519 – Printed by Daniel Bomberg – First Edition – Signature of Rabbi Shlomo Molcho and a Gloss Signed “Says Shlomo Molcho”

Psakim U'Ktavim, by R. Yisrael Isserlein. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, [1519].
First edition of the book. Terumat HaDeshen, responsa of R. Yisrael Isserlein, was printed concurrently that year. In later editions, the two compositions were printed as one composition comprised of two parts, entitled Terumat HaDeshen (with a distinction between the responsa part and the part of Halachic rulings).
The title page bears a signature: "I, the young Shlomo Molcho". A note in his handwriting appears beside section 191 (p. [33b]): "Says Shlomo Molcho, it should read…". In the next section (192), he added vocalization to Yiddish words. It appears that this writer and signee is R. Shlomo Molcho (d. 1788), a scholar of Salonika and Kabbalist in Jerusalem, known as Baal HaShemanim (after his books Shemen Zayit Zach and Shemen Mishchat Kodesh, printed in Salonika in 1779), descendant of the martyr R. Shlomo Molcho, who was executed by the Inquisition in 1532.
Several brief notes in early Ashkenazic script.
[52] leaves. Lacking one leaf (the middle one) of the three leaves of indexes at the end. 24 cm. Fair condition. Stains, dampstains, tears and wear. Worming to several leaves, slightly affecting text. Minor worming to other leaves. New binding.

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