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Auction 16 Lot Number 406

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Sefer Knesset HaGedolah – Signatures by Rabbi Ya’akov Antebi

Sefer Knesset HaGedolah, Orach Chaim section, by Rabbi Chaim Benbenishti. Livorno, 1791. Second edition.
Inscription in Oriental handwriting. Signatures"Ya'akov Antebi" - Apparently signature of the Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Antebi (passed away in 1847), Av Beit Din of Damascus. Merited being referred to as"sacred" after being brutally tortured during the Damascus Affair, after which he left his city and immigrated to Eretz Israel [for additional information related to him see: L'Kedoshim Asher B'Eretz Israel, page 145].
3, 162 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Ancient damaged binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 438

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Even Ha-Ezel – Author’s Dedication and Handwritten Corrections

Even Ha-Ezel on Maimonides, Vol. 1-2, Hilchot Nizkei Mamon [financial damages] and Nezikin [damages]. Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer. Jerusalem (1935). First edition.
Handwritten and signed dedication by the author Rabbi"Isser Zalman Meltzer". Handwritten glosses and corrections [by author?].
Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (1870-1954), author of "Even Ha'ezel", disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk in the Yeshiva of Volozhin, was the Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva of Slutsk. Moved to Jerusalem in 1924 and was appointed head teacher in the "Etz Chaim" Yeshiva. Of the heads of "Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah". Father in law of Rabbi Aharon Kotler, dean of the Kletzk and Lakewood Yeshivas.
[2], 86, [1]; 72 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good condition. Restored binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 470

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Shana Tova Letters by Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Frank, to Rabbi Moshe Kliers

1. Shana Tova letter by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, chief rabbi of Israel, to Rabbi Moshe Kliers Av Beit Din of Tiberias. Elul 1929. In the letter which is written entirely in his holy handwriting, he hints to events which occurred in that year"My despondent and oppressed brethren who await the salvation of the merciful G-D¦ awaiting G-D's salvation".
2. Lengthy letter of responsa on laws of Zera'im, and a Shana Torah greeting, by Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank from the period when he served as Dayan and rabbinical authority in the holy city of Jerusalem. Elul 1919.
Official stationeries, various sizes and conditions. Good.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 97

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Likutei Torah Mahari – Lemberg, 1886 – Handwritten Glosses

Sefer Likutei Torah Mahari, Hassidic and Kabbalistic sayings on the Torah and festivals, by Rabbi Yissaschar Berish of Dolina, Lemberg, 1886. First edition.
Handwritten glosses.
The Rebbe Rabbi Yissaschar Berish Eichenstein (passed away in 1886), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik of Zidichov. Among the prominent disciples of his father in the concealed wisdom, served as rabbi in Dolina.
[1], 46, [1] leaves. (Missing title page). 20 cm. Dry paper, good condition, torn and detached binding.
Very rare, majority of copies of book were burned in the conflagration which took place in Dolina in 1887.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 129

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Sefer HaTishbi – Basel, 1601 – Signatures and Glosses

Sefer HaTishbi, book of roots from the Talmud and Midrashim of Chazal, by Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur. Basel, [1601]. Second edition.
Signatures, ownership notations [some faded]:"Belongs to Rabbi Naftali Katz","Avraham son of M. Kalman ---,"David Frankel son of Ya'akov M--- , year 1865","Ze'ev Wolf Cohen - Rabbi David Cohen of Brody".
Glosses by several writers. Two signed glosses by"Yitzchak son of Yosef Segal Horowitz". Glosses in Rashi-Italian handwriting from the 18th century, signed Shafan [initials]. Last page contains interesting riddle in handwriting of Shafan.
99 leaves. 18.5 cm. Condition of leaves varies, good-fair. Stains and wear, scotch tape. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 161

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Birat Migdal Oz – Berdichev 1836

Birat Migdal Oz, Part 3 of Rabbi Ya'akov Emden's siddur. Berdichev, 1836. Second edition, with the approbation of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin.
Part 3 of the siddur "Paltin Beit El", arranged by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, Altuna 1735-1737.
This part has: Seder Brit Milah, the laws and customs from a person's birth until his death, methods of education, laws of Kashrut, ethics and philosophy etc
Owner's signatures and stamps: Moshe son of Avraham Zelig.
Missing copy: [3], 5-239 leaves (originally: [4], 5-262, [3] leaves). C. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage. Worn semi-leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 193

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Agudat Ezov – Biaֵ‚ystok, 1824 – Includes Rare Leaves of Omissions from 1828

Sefer Agudat Ezov, sermons for Shabbat and holidays, including pamphlet Alon Bechut - Eulogies on scholars of the generation. By the Ga'on Rabbi Moshe Ze'ev [Margaliot] Av Beit Din of Tykocin and Biaֵ‚ystok author of Marot HaTzovot. Biaֵ‚ystok, (1824). Approbations by Rabbi Akiva Eiger and giants of Lithuania.
Eulogy 1 on the Vilna Ga'on -"The divine and holy Kabbalist Rabbi Eliyahu HaChassid¦ Vilna". Additional eulogies on giants of his generation, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin and others.
Contains additional leaves including 5 pages of omissions (sermons for Shabbat HaGadol 1826-1827), which were printed in 1828; rare leaves which do not appear in most copies.
Ownership notation:"Belongs to the exalted and famous rabbi¦ Rabbi Eliya Shapiro". Stamps in Cyrillic letters.
[2], 97, [3], [2] leaves. 34.5 cm. Good condition. Slight moth damage on inner margins, stains of usage. Old and worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 225

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Two Books – Venice – 16th-17th Century

1. Korban Aharon, commentary on the Sifra [with text], by Rabbi Aharon Ebn Chaim. Venice, 1609-1611. First edition. (On Leaf 110/2, gloss in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting).
139; 302, [4] leaves (Leaves 1-7 are missing and substituted with photocopy. Leaf [1] was mistakenly bound before Leaf 302). 17.5 cm. Good condition, stains, minor moth marks in several leaves.
2. Yalkut Shimoni, Part 2, on Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Venice, [1566].
Missing book. Leaves 40-162 (instead of 190 leaves. Missing: Nevi'im Rishonim. Volume has Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim with the exception of the Megillot) 19 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, heavy moth damage [especially near binding], traces of mildew. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 321

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Manuscript – Rabbi Ya’akov Leib Levi, Brother of Rabbi Nachum of Shadik

Manuscript by the Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Yehudah Leib Levi, Chiddushim on Parashat Bereshit, Lech Lecha and Vayikra. [Jerusalem], Cheshvan 1875. Not printed.
Rabbi Ya'akov Yehudah Leib Levi (1813-1889, Otzar HaRabbanim 10080), exalted genius in the revealed and concealed facets of Torah, holy Kabbalist. Served as rabbi in Slussen. Immigrated to Jerusalem together with his two brothers, Rabbi Asher Lemel Av Beit Din of Galen and Rabbi Nachum Av Beit Din of Shadik, after all three dreamt one night that they must immigrate to Eretz Israel. Served as chief Av Beit Din of Jerusalem for over forty years. Authored Beit LeAvot on Pirkei Avot.
[3] written pages. 20 cm. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 385

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Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer – Glosses of Rebbe of Zutchka

Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer, with Ba'er Heteiv and Pitchei Teshuva. Part 2 Simanim: 119-178. Johannesburg (Prussia), [1861]. First edition of Pitchei Teshuva. On leaf before title page, inscriptions that the book belongs to the Rebbe of Zutchka, "one who writes in memory of Meir". Handwritten corrections and a number glosses.
Rabbi Yitzchak Issac Rosenbaum (1906-2000, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol 2, Pages 392-393), son of Rebbe Itamar of Nadvorna. His lifelong diligence in Torah study from early childhood until old age was wondrous. He served as Rebbe in Zutchke and Vashkovitz. After surviving the Holocaust, he served as Rebbe in the US and in Israel. Many flocked to his doors for blessings, advice or encouragement. Until the end of his life, he waged the battle of Torah, publicized proclamations, essays and many pamphlets.
His son Rabbi Meir Rosenbaum, signed owner's inscription, is Rebbe of Caracas (Venezuela).
[2], 75, 176-309[7], [3] leaves. (Perhaps, 2 leaves of introduction are missing). C. 21 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear and minor moth damage. Simple binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 417

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Erech Shai – Signature of Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald Rabbi of Satmar

Erech Shai, on Choshen Mishpat. Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Tabak. Siget, 1891. First edition.
Signature of Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald, Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva of Satmar (1848-1920), a leading Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva in Hungary.
Many stamps of Rabbi "Avraham Chanoch, of Arta Satmar" - Rabbi Avraham Chanoch Freidman (1866-perished in the Holocaust), son of the Chatam Sofer's daughter, trusted disciple of his uncle Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald, who adopted him as a son and married him to his niece. He edited and published the works of his teacher Rabbi Greenwald and of his grandfather the Chatam Sofer.
[1], 165, [8] leaves. 37 cm. Dry paper, good condition, minor damages. Detached torn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 513

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Iva L’Moshav, the History of the Rabbis of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek – Important Handwritten Glosses

Iva L'Moshav, the history of the rabbis of the communities: Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek, Yechezkel Dukess. Cracow, 1903.
An important book of the history of the communities of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek. With pictures of rabbis, Batei Knesset and tombstones. A number of glosses of historical value handwritten in the margins.
XVI; 140, [1]; XXXV pages, [3] photo plates. 21.5 cm. Good quality paper. Good condition. Few stains, slight tear to title page. Original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 76

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Two Chumashim – Slavita

1. Bamidbar and Megilat Ruth, with Rashi, Ba'al Ha-Turim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, [1827]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira, son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
175 leaves. 20.5 cm approx. Blue paper, good condition, stains and light moth marks. Original, detached, spineless leather binding.
2. Vayikra and Megilat Shir Ha-Shirim with Rashi, Ba'al Ha-Turim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, [1833]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira, son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
150 Leaves. 20.5 cm. Blue paper, good condition, stains, tear on the last leaf. Old, non-original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 140

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Bible – Menashe Ben Israel – Amsterdam, 1638-1639

Esrim V'Arba'ah, which includes Chamisha Chumshei Torah, [Megillot], Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam, (1639?). Menashe Ben Israel Press.
One of the only Bible editions that was printed at that time in holiness by Jews. Two columns on each page [like the Bible traditionally used by Rabbi Aryeh Levine for Goral HaGra lots - see attached material].
112; 144, 144-166; 94, [4] leaves. 15.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Loose binding and detached leaves. Number of leaves with omissions due to tears and wear.
Hebrew and civil date on title page do not coincide. For additional information see Bibliography Institute CD.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 204

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Eshel Avraham – Frankfurt am Main, 1747 – Important Signatures and Stamps

Eshel Avraham, novellae on the Talmud by Rabbi Avraham Broide, with the glosses Ohel Moshe, by his son Moshe Broide. Frankfurt am Main, [1747].
On title page, signatures of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and his stamps on title page and on book leaves. Stamps of Rabbi "Noach son of R' Y.A. Shachor of Biala" - Rabbi Noach Shachor (died 1910, Otzar HaRabbanim 15823), was a great Torah genius, a disciple of the Saraph of Kotzk, Rabbi in Biala. He was the brother in law of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and father in law of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter of Gur, author of Imrei Emet.
Signatures "Yisrael son of¦ Yechiel Michel Shwartz-Sheild" who was a "trusted scribe here in Frankfurt am Main" and his son Rabbi Yehuda Leib who succeeded his father as scribe and trusted leader of the community in Frankfurt am Main. Another signature: David Yudel Kaufman and stamp Yosef Nathan son of R' A. HaCohen.
[2], 200 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 364

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Nehpah Ba-Kesef, Constantinople 1748 – Handwritten Glosses and Novellae

Nehpah Ba-Kesef responsum. Vol.1. Rabbi Yonah Navon of Jerusalem [among the Hida's rabbis]. Constantinople, 1748. First edition.
Signatures on the title page"Raphael Ha-Levi", with several glosses in the same handwriting. 33 Lines in Oriental rabbinical handwriting on p.2 from the time of print [possibly in the Hida's handwriting], Hilchot Pesah novellae [on the words of the"Pri-Hadash" and the"Mikraei Kodesh" on the topic of Bedikat Hametz on the 13th night of Nisan].
[1], 190, 7 leaves. 32 cm. High quality paper, good condition. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 396

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Yefe To’ar VaYikra, Wilhermsdorf, 1714 – Signatures

Yefe To'ar, Midrash Raba VaYikra, with the commentary of Rabbi Shmuel Yaffe Ashkenasi. Wilhermsdorf, [1714].
At the top of the title page are three ancient signatures, the first has not been deciphered, the second is the signature of "Shmuel Hillman [---Metz?]", and the third: "Ila'a avar v'tata gavar, my name is Shmuel Katz of M---".
The second person that signed is apparently Rabbi Shmuel Hillman Rabbi of Manheim and Metz, (Otzar HaRabbanim 19126), a gaon and a mekubal, one of the most renowned leading scholars of the generation of the Pnei Yehoshua and Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Born c. 1670 to his father, Rabbi Yisrael Halperin Rabbi of Kratchin (son in law of the Megale Amukot), a disciple of Rabbi Avraham Brode and a leader of Va'ad Arba Aratzot, he was one of the leading rabbis involved in the controversy between Rabbi Ya'akov Emden and Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. He died in 1766 and the author of Sha'agat Aryeh succeeded him in the rabbinate. The third person to sign is Rabbi Shmuel Katz [one of the rabbis of Nikolsburg?].
[2] 132 leaves, 34 cm. High quality paper, good-fair condition, moth damage and mildew to inner margins. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 492

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Shana Tova Letter – Rabbi of Lubavitz to Rabbi of Stropkov

Letter by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the Rabbi of Lubavitz to the Rebbe Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Stropkov. New York. Elul, (1952). Shana Tova letter to"Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga¦ in honor of the new year¦ I express my blessing, may he be written and sealed for a good and sweet year". Printed on reverse side of leaf:"Halberstam - Ramla" [recipient is Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz-Halberstam the Rebbe of Stropkov (1908-1995), who immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1949 and settled in Ramla, where he established his Beit Midrash. In 1953 he moved to Jerusalem and founded the Batei Midrash of the Stropkov Hassidism].
Official stationery, typewritten, with hand signature of the Rabbi. 22 cm. Good condition, creases and minor stains, filing holes.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 343

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Collection of Manuscripts – Yemen and Orient

Collection of various manuscripts, [Yemen and Orient].
Manuscript Sefer Haftarot for all year round with translation [vowelized]. * Manuscript Sefer Shalosh Megillot [Shir HaShirim, Ruth and Kohelet with translation, partially vowelized]. * Commentary on Megillat Esther in foreign language [Persian?]. * Manuscript Tikun Shavu'ot [copy from print, vowelized]. * Sections of various compositions: Sefer Ibur V'Inyanei HaTekufot; Machzor for Rosh HaShana; Haggadah for Pesach; Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer, and more.
Approx. 200 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 375

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Mishnayot Kaf Nachat – Offenbach, 1732 – Glosses and Signatures

Mishnayot, including Kaf Nachat commentary [by Rabbi Shneur Feivush son of Rabbi Ya'akov], Seder Kodshim and Seder Taharot. [Offenbach], [1732].
Separate title-page for Seder Taharot. The word"Amsterdam" is emphasized on title-pages. Colophon at end of book"¦ 26 Elul 1732¦".
Margins of leaves contain dozens of glosses in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting from the period of the print. Binding leaves contain signatures and ownership notation [from 1820] of"Yoel¦ Arper Segal¦". Signature and ex-libris of Rabbi Eliezer HaLevi Dunner (1876-1950, rabbi in Ragashani and in Koloni, author of Zichron Yosef Tzvi and more).
[1], 143-172, 175, 276, [2], 278-462, [4] leaves (pagination differs slightly from that which is listed in the Bibliography Institute CD, last leaf unlisted). 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, tears and wear on leaf margins. Number of detached leaves. Gilded paper cut. Ancient detached leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 471

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Letters by Rabbi Kook and Family

A collection of letters, including a letter by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook to Rabbi Aharon Mendel HaCohen Rabbi of the Ashkenasi community of Cairo, Adar Sheni 1921. *A printed letter from Rabbi Kook for the benefit of the Association of Talmudei Torah in Jerusalem, Kislev 1935. *An interesting letter from his son Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook to Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin on the occasion of the seventh siyum of the Shas, Tamuz 1975. *A letter from his son in law Rabbi Shalom Natan Ra'anan-Kook regarding the collection for the benefit of the Worldwide Central Yeshiva. A memorial leaf for the yahrzeit of Rabbi Kook. *Letters from rabbis and public figures to Rabbi Shalom Natan Ra'anan-Kook, regarding contributions to the yeshiva.
10 paper items, including 8 letters, varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 66

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Menorah Tehorah – In Opposition of the Reformists – Rabbi Kopel Lewenstein – Schaffhausen, 1835

Minchah Tehorah - Menorah Tehorah, oder Das Reine Judenthum als Gegenstֳ¼ck. Schaffhausen, 1835. German (Hebrew title).
Polemic composition in defense of the tradition, which contains a reform interpretation for the Mitzvot and the Shulchan Aruch. Only book printed with Hebrew title which was printed in Schaffhausen.
The author: Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Kopel HaLevi Lewenstein (1799-1869), among the great Torah scholars of Germany, friend from youth of author of the Aruch LaNer and disciple of his father - Rabbi Aharon Ettlinger; later on disciple of Rabbi Hirtz Shayer and Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Zundheimer. From 1829 served as Av Beit Din of Gaylengen using his position to oppose the reformists and to publish this composition. [For additional information related to him see attached material].
IIVX, [1], [21]-201 pages. 18 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Printed title cover.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 130

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Sefer Arugat HaBosem – Venice, 1602 – Signature by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Musafi

Sefer Arugat HaBosem, wisdom of the grammar and Holy Language, by Rabbi Shmuel Archevolti. Venice, [1602]. First edition.
Signatures and ownership notations in Italian handwriting. Last leaf contains signature in Oriental handwriting. Additional signature by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Musafi [inner margin also contains notations in his handwriting?]. Signatures"Avraham Ezriel" [Rabbi Avraham Ezriel, rabbi, Dayan and prominent community activist.
119 [instead of: 118] leaves (leaves 2-3 mistakenly bound after leaves 4-5). 19 cm. Good condition. Stains, restored tears on title page. Moth stains. Notations, stamps. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 226

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Three Books Printed in Russia and Poland

3 books printed in Russia and Poland, bound together. 17.5 cm. Fair condition, stains, moth stains, detached leaves. Last leaf torn. Detached binding. See list in the Hebrew description

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