Or Chadash V’Ner Mitzvah / Netzach Yisrael, Prague 1599-1600 – First Editions of the Books Authored by the Maharal of Prague, Printed in his Lifetime – Signatures of Rabbi Chaim Kitze Av Beit Din of Albertirsa (Irsa)
· Or Chadash on Megillat Esther, and Ner Mitzvah on Chanuka, by Rabbi Yehuda Loewe – the Maharal. Prague, . Printed by Moshe son of Yosef Bezalel Katz. First edition printed during the lifetime of the author, the Maharal of Prague. · Bound with: Netzach Yisrael, on matters of faith in the coming of the Messiah, by Rabbi Yehuda Loewe – the Maharal. Prague, [1599-1600]. Printed by Moshe son of Rabbi Yosef Bezalel Katz. First edition printed during the lifetime of the author, the Maharal of Prague. Many signatures throughout the book of the famous Torah scholar Rabbi "Chaim Kitza", and many more signatures: "Shmuel Kitza"; "Meir son of Rabbi Chaim ---", "Asher Zelig son of Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf"; "Aharon Rothstein who is subservient to the authority of the Av Beit Din of Irsa"; and other ancient signatures. Rabbi Chaim Kitza (c. 1770-1850), Av Beit Din of Albertirsa (Irsa), Hungary, author of Otzar Chaim, son of Rabbi Yitzchak Kitza head of the Beit Din of Óbuda (Alt-Ofen). As early as the age of 13, he delivered public discourses in the Óbuda Beit Midrash in the presence of his teacher the Maharam Mintz and hundreds of Torah scholars and debated Torah study with courage and wisdom. In 1820, he was appointed Rabbi of Albertirsa succeeding his brother-in-law Rabbi Amram Chassida (Rosenbaum) Av Beit Din of Albertirsa who made Aliya to Eretz Israel. His son Rabbi Meir Schlesinger-Kitza served as rabbi of several communities and was a household member of Rabbi Moshe David Ashkenazi Av Beit Din of Tolcsva. Or Chadash is complete. Netzach Yisrael is missing 4 leaves in the middle. Or Chadash: 60 leaves. Netzach Yisrael: 23, 28-45, , 46-63 leaves (missing leaves: 24-27). 28 cm. Good-fair condition, detached leaves, wear and stains, minor worming and tears. Ancient, leather binding, worn and lacking spine.
Zohar, Part 2, Shemot [Mantua 1558]. First printing of the Zohar, after rabbis removed the ban on its printing, which lasted for the first 90 years of Hebrew printing. While it was in the process of printing, Cremona printers began printing the Zohar. The last volumes were printed in Cremona before they were printed in Mantua. The leaves offered here [removed from the "binding geniza"] contain hundreds of corrections and glosses in an ancient Oriental writing characteristic to the 16th and 17th centuries. The content of the glosses include: version corrections, commentaries and novellae, compilations from Sefer HaBahir and other books, as well as titles, summaries of content and sources. It is highly probable that the version corrections in this manuscript were done according to early manuscripts of the Zohar available in those years. According to the content of the glosses, the writer was an important Kabbalist. On Leaf 227/a is an ownership inscription from a later time, in scribal writing: “Eliyahu Evizrat”.  leaves and leaf fragments (originally 269 leaves). Varying size. Very poor condition, most leaves have damages to text and open tears. Major wear, dampness and glue stains. Old damaged binding.
Shefa Tal, index of Kabbalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Shabtai Sheftel Horowitz of Prague. With many Kabbalistic illustrations. Hanau, 1612. First edition. "Keys to open locked rooms… in the hidden treasures of the secrets of kabbalistic wisdom…". Important kabbalistic work based on the kabbalah of Rabbi Moshe Kordovero and his book Pardess Rimonim. One of the first kabbalah books printed in Western Europe. Many approbations by leading Torah scholars. Amongst them: Rabbi Shlomo Efraim Luntshitz, Rabbi of Prague, author of Kli Yakar and Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz author of Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shla). Many signatures and ownership inscriptions on the title page: "…Shemaya HaKatan son of Rabbi…Moshe…"; "Ya'akov Guggenheim, Büdingen community, 1712; "Shlomo Binga Segal"; "Avraham Nathan Neta Meizlish" [Rabbi Avraham Nathan Neta Meizlish Av Beit Din of Vizhnitz and Av Beit Din of Lvov – author of Neta Sha'ashu'im Amsterdam, 1735. In 1736, he printed the book Sha'agat Aryeh and Kol Shachal. His grandsons were leading Chassidic Torah scholars: Rabbi Uziel Meizlish, Rabbi Yosef Meizlish and Rabbi Yitzchak Meizlish]. On the sheets are very long glosses in handsome Ashkenazi handwriting from 1772. The first gloss opens with the words "Here I want to reveal that which G-d has given me the merit to reach a good explanation…". The gloss is signed: "Aryeh Leib son of Yehuda Zeligman of Baisingen in Schwaben …". Many glosses with signature: "Aryeh Leib Baisingen". , 87, 89-94 leaves, (Leaves 93-94 are bound at the beginning of the book following the title page). 29 cm. Fair condition, tears and damages, detached leaves, many stains and major wear. Some glosses are cutoff. Torn ancient binding.
Or Yisrael, on Kabbalistic matters and a commentary on the Zohar and novellae on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Aharon Av Beit Din of Shklow. Frankfurt an der Oder, . Illustrated title page. On the endpapers are signatures of Rabbi "Yechiel HaLevi Landau" [son-in-law of the first Radomsko Rebbe Shlomo Rabinowitz, author of Tiferet Shlomo], and of his son Rebbe "Paltiel Shimon HaLevi Landau". The author: Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe Av Beit Din of Shklow (1740-1808), was one of the first rabbis of Shklow (Belarus), an outstanding Torah scholar and holy man immersed in Kabbalistic wisdom. In several places in this book he recounts amazing details of his holy conduct and that he merited ru'ach hakodesh and Eliyahu's revelation. In his books, he warns against useless discussions of various preachers, against cantors who do not perform their duties with fear of Heaven and are satisfied with melodies, and rabbis who teach according to the Shulchan Aruch and abridged books of Jewish law and do not study the Talmud and the Rishonim themselves. He writes that the reason for the length of the exile and the many troubles is the neglect of study of Kabbalistic wisdom which is the spirit and soul of the Torah. After this book was published, opposition arose to alleged Sabbatean allusions found in the book. Rabbi Yisrael later wrote another work titled Tiferet Yisrael (see Item 43), which was only finally printed in 1774. In the introduction, the author writes an apology in which he explains to his progeny the reason readers erred and thought that he believed in Sabbatai Zevi, [due to Kabbalistic mention of the word Zvi in which he alluded to Eretz Yisrael, one of whose names is Eretz HaZvi and readers mistakenly thought that he was alluding to Sabbatai Zevi]. In the many approbations for Tiferet Yisrael and in the publisher’s introduction are words of justification attempting to clear the author from this error. , 7, 187 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good condition. Minor worming to margins of several leaves. New, elaborate binding, with leather spine.
VaYakhel Moshe, on "Kabbalist truths of the wisdom of the Ari" and teachings of the Zohar. Rabbi Moshe ben Menachem (Graff) of Prague. Dessau, 1698. First edition with approbations of leading rabbis of the times, such as Rabbi David Oppenheim and Rabbi Shimshon Wertheimer of Vienna. Kabbalistic illustrations. In the middle of the article Adam D'Atzilut, illustrated chart of the Ilan of the "Zaken HaKadosh" with "13 Tikunei Dikna… D'Meheimnuta". On the leaf before the title page are handwritten inscriptions testifying that the book belongs to Rabbi David Deutsch, Av Beit Din of the Balassagyarmat community, signed by his son, Moshe Deutsch. On the verso of the leaf is his son's stamp: Rabbi "Yosef Yisrael Deutsch, Av Beit Din of the Yarmat community". Rabbi Aharon David Deutsch (1813-1878), author of Goren David, studied with the Chatam Sofer who praised his disciple's fear of G-d and said that he relies on his prayers. On another occasion, the Chatam Sofer said that Rabbi Aharon David is prepared to merit the World to Come. The Ktav Sofer would greet him in Shabbat attire upon his visiting the city of Pressburg. From 1846, he served as Av Beit Din of Sebeș and from 1856, for 27 years, he served in the Balassagyarmat rabbinate. [See HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, pp. 49-52]. His son Rabbi Moshe Deutsch (1856-1931) assisted his father in the management of the yeshiva in Balassagyarmat, and from 1875, he served as Av Beit Din of Salgótarján. His son Rabbi Yosef Yisrael Deutsch (1845-1927), author of Ben Garni, served as Av Beit Din of Szendrő and from 1878 succeeded his father in the Balassagyarmat rabbinate. 14; 58 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, wear and stains. Ancient, worn, semi-leather binding.
Kabbalistic books printed in Germany at the beginning of the 18th century, 1700-1710s: 1-2. Or Ne'erav, by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – the Ramak. [Furth, 1701]. · Bound with: The introduction to Eshel Avraham, Kabbalistic matters. Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi. Furth, . The introduction was printed as a separate book. 40,  leaves; 22 leaves. 16.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition. 3-4. Bat Melech, Kabbalistic matters and segulot, by Rabbi Shimon Abayov of Hebron. Venice,  with approbations by Rabbi Naftali HaCohen of Frankfurt and the Maharshashach. · Bound with the book Zera Kodesh Matzavta, dealing with topics connected to circumcision, by the Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Graff. [Venice-Frankfurt am Main, 1711-1712. Excerpt at the end of the book: "Partially printed in Frankfurt" – the two books were first printed in Frankfurt am Main, but most of the printed sheets were consumed in the great fire which erupted in the Jewish ghetto in January 1711. Some of the leaves of Zera Kodesh were salvaged and integrated into the complete edition of both books reprinted in the Bragadini printing press in Venice]. 20 leaves; 44 leaves. 16 cm. Fair condition, major wear. Four books in 2 volumes.
Two Kabbalistic books, printed in Korets. Many of Rabbi Chaim Vital's Kabbalistic books were first printed there in the 1780s at the time of the dissemination of the Chassidic movement and Kabbalistic study throughout Eastern Europe: 1. Pri Etz Chaim, by Rabbi Chaim Vital, "Sefer HaKavanot written by Rabbi Chaim Vital… according to the teachings he heard from his close teacher" Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi – the Arizal. Korets, . First edition. , 118 leaves. 32 cm. Fair condition. Worming to last leaves. Wear and stains. Non-contemporary binding. 2. Etz Chaim, by Rabbi Chaim Vital, "Written by Rabbi Chaim Vital, according to the teachings he has heard from his close teacher… Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi…according to the real Kabbala which he received from Eliyahu…". Korets, . Second edition [with approbations from the first edition printed in Korets in 1782]. , 4, 135 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good condition. Wear and stains, few damages to last leaves. Non-contemporary binding.
Poke'ach Ivrim, Sefer HaGoralot attributed to Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra. Amsterdam, . Introduction by Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Emanuel Chai Riki.  leaves. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Restorations to worn leaf corners. Stains. Non-contemporary binding.
Two of the first Hebrew books printed in Jerusalem: 1. Tikunei HaZohar, by the Tana Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Jerusalem, . Yisrael Bak printing press. 2. Zohar on the Torah, by the Tana Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Part 2, Shemot. Jerusalem, . Yisrael Bak printing press. The title page of both books has an illustration of the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. 2 books. Varying size. Good condition. S. HaLevi, no. 26-27.
Ma'amar Shivrei Luchot, by Rabbi Menachem Azarya (the Rama) of Pano. With: the ruling "Yemin Hashem Romema" by the Rama of Pano, and homiletic by Rabbi Shlomo Elkabetz. Safed, 1864. Printed by Dov Ber Kara. First edition. Ma'amar Shivrei Luchot is the tenth composition of the Rama's work Asara Ma'amarot [in the book Asara Ma'amarot (Venice 1597) only three compositions were printed. Other compositions were printed separately at various times]. This composition was first printed from "a very old manuscript" owned by Rabbi Shmuel Heller Rabbi of Safed who published the book. Before the ruling "Yemin Hashem Romema" there is an introduction by Rabbi Shmuel Heller. On the last page: “From the manuscript of Rabbi Chaim Vital… and this is what it says: I found a manuscript by my Teacher [Rabbi Yitchak Luria…]”. , 2-21 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition, stains, 2 first leaves restored, the rest of the leaves in very good condition. Ex-libris, new binding.
Collection of books printed in Jerusalem: · Avodat HaKodesh, by the Chida. Jerusalem, 1847. (Lacking Leaves 163, 166-167). S. HaLevi 40. · Shevet Mussar, by Rabbi Eliyahu Ha'Itamari. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 85. Signatures and ownership inscriptions. · Kol Koreh Neged Ruach HaZman (Shvilei David on the Torah), by Rabbi David Yehuda Zilberstein. Jerusalem, 1863. S. HaLevi 84. · Sefer HaYashar by Rabbeinu Tam. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 97. · Kiseh Eliyahu, [attributed to Rabbi Eliyahu Mani]. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 112. · Kol Aryeh, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Charif. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 127. · Marpeh LaNefesh, tikunim for Shabbat, by Rabbi Ya'akov Chai Burla. Jerusalem . S. HaLevi 196. · Selichot and Tefillot L'Shovavim. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 220. · Pri Etz Hadar pamphlet, regarding various species of etrogs in Eretz Israel. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 311. · Sha'arei Torah, by Rabbi Ya'akov Bibas. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 356. · Avodat Hashem, homiletics, by Rabbi Shnuer Zalman Mendelowitz. Jerusalem, . S. HaLevi 464. Author's dedication on binding. Ownership inscriptions. Enclosed: · Fake Jerusalem printings: Sefer Avodat HaKodesh HeChadash, by the Chida. [Russia-Poland, ca. 1840]. Fake title page, with the name "B'Yerushalayim" enlarged. · "The first books printed in Jerusalem", by Shoshana HaLevi. 1963. 13 books. Size and condition vary.
Zohar Chadash, Berdychiv, . Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Bak. Approbation of Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv and Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac, Av Beit Din of the new city of Berdychiv. On the title page are signatures in ancient handwriting: "Moshe son of M.H. Chaim ---", and the inscription of a name in need of prayer: "Dov son of Faiga Pesya of Kishinev". 7, 7-36, 38-140 leaves. (Last Leaf, 141, is missing and replaced by a photocopy). Approximately 20 cm. Blue and white paper, varying condition, most leaves are in good condition. Several leaves have restored tears. New binding.
Et Ketz, calculations and gematriot on matters of the future redemption, by Yechacham – Rabbi Yitzchak Chaim HaCohen of the Kantorini Chazanim. Amsterdam, 1710. Printed by Shlomo Proops. Single edition. Engraved illustration of the sacrifice of Isaac on the first page. Rabbi Yitzchak Chaim HaCohen of the Kantorini Chazanim (1644-1723, Otzar HaRabbanim 10658), a Torah scholar and physician, Rabbi of Padua. Taught the Ramchal and authored many compositions. This book deals with various calculation and proves that the time of redemption has already begun: The first time has already arrived, there is a middle time in which apparently the Mashiach will be born – this is 1710 (the time the book was printed), and the last and real time in which the redemption will arrive will be 30 years later – in 1740. This composition greatly impacted the messianic hopes and expectations for the Redemption in those years. For information about the book see: Shneur Zalman Shazar, "The Hope of the year 1740", inside: Orei Dorot, Jerusalem 1971, Part 1, pp. 127-153. , 72 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Worming to several leaves. Restored tears to title page. New binding.
Sefer Yetzira with five commentaries, including the first printing of a commentary by Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna (the Gra). Grodno, 1806. First edition of the Vilna Gaon's commentary. With Kabbalistic sketches. The first book of Kabbalah printed with the teachings of the Vilna Gaon. Prepared for printing by his famous disciple Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklow, who later immigrated to Eretz Israel and established the Ashkenazi yishuv in Jerusalem. 12, , 42,  leaves, 20 cm. White paper, fair condition, worming with damage to text, wear and stains. Non-original binding. Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra 682.
Dikduk Eliyahu – Rules of grammar, punctuation and te'amim, by Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna. Includes commentary by Rabbi Zvi Hirsh ben Rabbi Menachem Nachum. Vilna and Grodno, 1833. First edition. [Only part of the book was printed in the following editions].  24,  leaves, 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Unbound. Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra, no. 866.
Pe'at HaShulchan, mitzvoth hatluyot ba'aretz (laws pertaining to Eretz Israel). By Rabbi Yisrael of Shklow, disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Safed, 1836. First edition. Printed by Yisrael Bak. , 2-109,  leaves. 29 cm. Light-colored, high-quality paper. Good condition. Stains and wear. New semi-leather binding. One of the last books printed in Safed before the 1837 earthquake (thereafter the author and the printer relocated to Jerusalem after losing most of their family and property in the quake).
Books by the Vilna Gaon, on Seder Taharot: 1-2. Eliyahu Raba, Part I. Commentary on Seder Taharot by the Vilna Gaon. Brunn, 1802. First edition. Printed by his disciple, Rabbi Meir Mashad. · Bound with Taharat HaKodesh, commentary on the Tosefta, Seder Taharot. Zhovkva, 1804. First edition. Printed by his disciple Rabbi Meir Mashad. , 44 leaves; , 72 leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, minor worming. Regarding the credibility of the commentary Eliyahu Raba, see the introduction of the Vilna Gaon's sons to the commentary on the book of Yonah (Vilna 1800), questioning this commentary. However, Rabbi Rabinowitz in his introduction to the book Gaon Ya'akov (Lemberg 1861) writes that Rabbi Ya'akov Kahana, son in law of the Vilna Gaon's brother, Rabbi Yissachar Ber wrote the book based on short notes written by Rabbi Meir Mashad while studying from the Vilna Gaon. 3-4. Sefer Eliyahu Rabbah, on Seder Taharot by Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna. Prague, 1812. · Bound with Har HaCarmel by Rabbi Shimon Oppenheim. Prague, 1912. Includes  leaves of subscribers. , 47 leaves; , 31 leaves. 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. This edition was printed by Shmuel HaKatan, entirely disregarding the first publisher Rabbi Meir Mashad. For additional information about the publisher "Shmuel HaKatan" [Klein], his deeds and forgeries, see Otzar Sifrei HaGra by Yeshayahu Vinograd, [foreword, p.12 and pages 13-14; 21; 31; 48]. Also see the article Sof Davar by Rabbi Shlomo Brevda, at end of his book of Perushei HaGra L'Shir HaShirim, Brooklyn, 2006, pp. 427-428. Total of 4 books, two volumes. Good-fair condition.
Set of Mishnayot, with commentaries: Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosfot Yom Tov, Tosfot Chadashim, Tosfot Rishon L'Zion, Chiddushei Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv and other additions. Grodno and Vilna, 1818. The composition "Be'ur al Ha'Aruga by… Rabbi Eliyahu HaChassid" was first printed at the beginning of Seder Zera'im. At the end of the volumes of Nashim and Nezikin are additions in the name of the Vilna Gaon. Eliyahu Raba by the Vilna Gaon (written as marginalia) was first printed at the end of Seder Taharot. Many signature and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi Chaim Friedstein of Kalvarija and of Rabbi Zerach [Tuvia]. 6 volumes, 26.5 cm. Bluish paper, good condition, stains and wear, ancient leather bindings, in good-fair condition (with the exception of Seder Zera'im, which has tears and pasting). Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra, no. 183.
Tiferet Yisrael, Frankfurt an der Oder 1774 – The First Book with the Teachings of the Vilna Gaon in his Lifetime, and Teachings of Rebbe Shmelke of Nikolsburg and of Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv from Their Youth
Tiferet Yisrael, Kabbalistic and homiletic topics by Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe Av Beit Din of Shklow, and his grandson Rebbe Yisrael Yaffe. [Frankfurt an der Oder, 1774]. Single edition. The author of the book is Rebbe Yisrael Yaffe Av Beit Din of Shklow (1640-1702), who printed the Kabbalistic book 'Or Yisrael' in 1702. His first book was challenged after publication due to alleged Sabbatean allusions. In his introduction to this book, the author's apologizes, explaining to his descendants the reason readers misunderstood his words and suspected him of believing in Sabbatai Zevi. Integrated into the book are many additions by Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe the author's grandson who signs "Yisrael Zuta", who also brings many teachings of the scholars of his times: · On Leaf 5/b he writes: "I have heard this from… the Gaon Eliyahu of Vilna", On Leaf 45/b he writes "In the name of the true gaon… Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna". [This is the first book that brings teachings of the Vilna Gaon in his lifetime. In the book Otzar Sifrei HaGra, p. 223, is a bibliographic list of books mentioning the Vilna Gaon in his lifetime. The first book on this list is a book published in 1778!]. In addition, he introduces many teachings of scholars of his times, including some renowned Chassidic leaders. For example, on Leaf 38/b, he presents issues "In the name of my relative… the true gaon…' Rebbe Shmuel Shmelke Horowitz “Av Beit Din and Rosh Metivta in Nikolsburg” [Note that his was written not long after Rabbi Shmelke was appointed Av Beit Din of Nikolsburg - he was appointed Av Beit Din in 1772]. On leaf 61/1 there is a teaching from “The famous Rabbi...Levi Yitzchak, the Gaon from Jarosław, Av Beit Din and Rosh Metivta of Żelechów”. [This teaching was written at the time Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv served as Av Beit Din of Żelechów. The year the book was published, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was 34 years old and the exceptional titles used in the book attest to his fame from a very young age as a renowned outstanding Torah genius]. , 5-66 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Soft, worn paper, with damages to margins. Damages and gluing to title page. Leather and cardboard binding, old and slightly worn. See Hechal HaBesht, Anthology 30 (pp. 100-109), the article by Rabbi Noach Green, who writes of Tiferet Yisrael, that this book is the first printed source of Chassidic teachings heard from Chassidic rebbes. It was printed about six years before the first Chassidic book Toldot Ya’akov Yosef printed in 1780. (See enclosed material).
Rav Peninim, with three books: Nofet Tzufim U'Me'irat Einayim by Rabbi Meir Te'omim, magid in the city of Lubartów and magid and Torah authority in Lvov. Teivat Gome by his son, Rabbi Yosef ben Rabbi Meir Te'omim (Av Beit Din of Frankfurt an der Oder, author of Pri Megadim). And Shoshanat Ha'Amakim, by Rabbi Yosef Te'omim. Frankfurt an der Oder, . Three title pages. In the book Nofet Tzofim U'Mei'rat Einayim (Leaf 29/2), the author quotes a letter by Rabbi Gershon of Kitev, sent from Eretz Israel by "the Chassid Rabbi Gershon to his famous brother-in-law the Ba'al Shem Tov, Rabbi Yisrael: 'And when I arrived in the holy city of Jerusalem and saw that it was built up with all good things, I fell on my face and wept and said, You, Jerusalem who are like a widow, how do you dress in such handsome clothing?! If only I could see you in your destruction…" [These words were written by the author Rabbi Meir Te'omim during the lifetime of the Ba'al Shem Tov. The author's son, author of Pri Megadim who published the book left the passage as written by his father, with "birkat hachaim (when the Ba'al Shem Tov was still alive)]. On the title page is an ancient signature: "Yehuda Leib of Warka –". At the top of the title page is another cutoff signature: "Zvi Hirsh [Stern?]. Various stamps, and stamps in of "Avraham Meller Katz Warka". [The signature of Rabbi Yehuda Leib is from the 18th century, and the stamp of the Polish censor, from after the "book decree" in 1837, is stamped upon the signature and obscures the inscription as to the place he served in the rabbinate]. , 136 leaves (missing additional leaf added to some copies at the end of Shoshanat Ha'Amakim). 20 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, worming to last leaves damaging text. Worn damaged binding. Stefansky Chassidut no. 532.
Ma'ayan HaChochma, on the Five Books of the Torah, the Bible and Psalms, Pirkei Avot and Likutei Chiddushei Agadot, by Rebbe Asher Zvi the Magid of Ostroh. Korets, . First edition printed in his lifetime, a number of weeks before his death (the book was printed during Chanuka 1816, and Rebbe Asher Zvi passed away on the 16th of Shevat 1817). With approbations by Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, who writes: "The rabbi… kabbalist G-dly man… renowned pious rabbi… it is known that all his words were said with ru'ach hakodesh", and blesses all those who assisted in the printing with "good blessings and that they shall dwell in security and peace until the coming of the Messiah". Rabbi Asher Zvi of Ostroh (c.1740-1817), a great disciple of the Magid of Mezritch was a holy person and pious kabbalist. Served as a magid in Ostroh and was known as one of the foremost rebbes of his times. His approbations appear on many Chassidic and Kabbalistic books written in the 1780s-1790s [in his approbation to Ma'or Einayim, Slavita 1778, he is called "The pious rabbi, holy G-dly man"]. In 1804 he moved to Korets to serve as rebbe and rabbi. . 116 leaves. Approximately 20 cm. White and blue paper, overall good condition. Stains and wear. Damages to title page. On Leaf 91 is an open tear with lacking text [replaced in ancient handwriting]. Worming to last leaves. Non-contemporary binding. Stefansky Chassidut no. 355.
Tzemach Hashem L'Zvi, Chassidic articles on the Torah, by Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Nadvirna. [Berdychiv, c. 1818]. First edition. Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Bak. Approbation of Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv and another by Rabbi Mordechai of Kremenets son of Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew. The author, Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Nadvirna (1740-1802, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol 3, pp. 604-607) was one of the leading third generation rebbes and disciple of the Magid of Mezritch. His close teacher was Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew, who said that Rabbi Zvi Hirsh was the greatest of his disciples and that Eliyahu HaNavi wishes to be in his proximity. Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov, Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Zhydachiv, Rabbi Avraham David of Buchach are a few of his prominent disciples. He wrote many compositions, and was famous for his primary work Tzemach Hashem L’Zvi. His book Alfa Beta was printed in many editions and Rabbi Eliezer Papo, author of Pele Yo’etz copied the book and attached it to his work. Ancient owners’ signature on title page: “Yehoshua Elazar” – Perhaps Rabbi Yehoshua Elazar of Berdychiv [who merited a revelation of Eliyahu the Prophet who came to test his hachnasat orchim], or his grandson Rabbi Yehoshua Elazar Chodrov of Kosava, son-in-law of Rabbi Chaim of Kosava – See enclosed material. , 28 leaves. Blue paper. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Restored damages to title page and to additional leaves, with minor damages to text. Splendid leather binding. Without the additional leaf (with the third approbation and omissions from Parshiot Ki Tisa and Shmini) printed after the book was printed and exists in just some of the copies. The date of printing according to A. Ya’ari, The Hebrew Printing in Berdychiv, Kiryat Sefer, 21, 1944-1945, pp. 120-121. The title page adornment – Torah Shield – is the emblem of Rabbi Yisrael Back’s printing press. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 500.
Chelkat Binyamin, Passover Haggadah with kavanot of the Arizal and with the Chelkat Binyamin commentary by Rebbe Binyamin HaMagid of Zaliztsi and of Zalishchyky. [Ostroh?, 1821]. Second edition of the first printed Chassidic Haggadah. The author: The Magid of Zaliztsi, Rabbi Binyanim (died in 1791), a prominent disciple of the Magid of Mezritch and of Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew. Great in his knowledge of revealed and hidden Torah and one of the primary perpetuators of writings of the Chassidic school of thought, from its initial stages. , 3-37 leaves. (Missing 2 leaves following the title page. Originally, 37 leaves). 19.5 cm. Good condition, leaves cut bordering the text and many stains. Unbound. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 157; Ya'ari 437 Otzar HaHaggadot 614. The date of printing is according to the introduction by the author’s son on the reverse side of the title page.
Sidduro Shel Shabbat, Parts 1-2, Kabbalistic and Chassidic thoughts regarding the holiness of Shabbat, and a halachic responsa. By Rebbe Chaim of Chernivtsi, Mogilev on the Dnestr, . First edition. On the pages of the book are many handwritten inscriptions, glosses and corrections, meanings of initials and instructions for the printer, in preparation for the new edition of the book. [Apparently, preparation for the elaborate edition printed in Jerusalem, in 1960, by Rabbi Mordechai David Bloom – the corrections and instructions correspond with that edition]. , 70, 70-108  leaves; 7; 64 leaves. Damaged copy, missing title page of Part 1 and 5 leaves in the middle of Part 2 (originally: , 70, 70-108,  leaves; 12, 64 leaves). 19 cm. blue and green paper. Fair condition, much wear and tears, with damage to text. The last two leaves are pasted on paper. Worn binding. The four last leaves (an article upon completion of the book and the indexes) are very rare and do not exist in many copies. Stefansky Chassidut no. 422.