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Auction 57 Lot Number 1

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Collection of Parshiot of Tefillin Written by the Famed Scribe Rabbi Nachman Sofer Papirna – Scribe of Leading Rebbes, of Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev of Brisk and of the Chazon Ish

Collection of parshiot of tefillin written by the famed scribe R. Nachman Papirna. [Jerusalem, mid-20th century]. Tefillin, according to Rashi's tradition, ink on parchment, Chassidic script according to the Arizal and the Taz. The collection contains: Parshiot of three and one half sets of tefillin - three parshiot of tefillin shel Yad, and four parshiot of tefillin shel rosh (16 units) + one pair of batim for tefillin, including straps and matching boxes. R. Nachman Sofer Papirna (ca. 1895-Chanuka 1986), was a prominent Chassid and tsaddik in Jerusalem. Son of the famous R. Moshe Papirna of Pinsk, descendant of the Lachovitz Rebbe. In his wandering during WWI, he and his father reached the city of Siedlce, Poland, and they became close to R. Yehoshua Asher of Siedlce and R. Nachman became one of his closest disciples (many things cited in the name of the Siedlce Rebbe and other rebbes were heard from R. Nachman Papirna). He ascended to Eretz Israel in the 1920s and was renowned as one of the greatest scribes in Jerusalem. He was well known for his great expertise in meticulously writing parshiot of tefillin and mezuzot in holiness and purity. Some of the most illustrious rebbes ordered their tefillin from him. When the Rayatz of Lubavitch visited Eretz Israel (in 1929), he ordered mehudar tefillin from R. Nachman Papirna for himself and for his sons-in-law. His son-in-law, the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was careful to don these tefillin until the end of his life (see enclosed material). In 1955, R. Yochanan of Karlin dedicated a mehudar Torah scroll, partly written by the scribe R. Nachman Papirna (Beit Aharon V'Yisrael, Issue 15, p. 137). R. Ya'akov Yosef Twersky of Skvira used to purchase parshiot for his tefillin only from R. Nachman Sofer and he would recommend all who asked, to be careful to purchase parshiot written by R. Papirna, since he writes them with great meticulousness with all stringencies with pure fear of Heaven. Upon the aliya of the Brisker Rav, R. Yitzchak Ze'ev Soloveitchik, to Eretz Israel, he ordered tefillin for himself and for his sons written by R. Nachman Papirna (in Brisk, the Griz donned tefillin written by R. Nachman's father, R. Moshe Papirna who also wrote the tefillin of his eldest son R. Yosef Dov in 1929. When the Griz arrived in Eretz Israel, he ordered new tefillin with parshiot written by R. Nachman). The Brisker Rav used to don these tefillin for the Shacharit prayers, calling them "Chassidishe tefillin" [written following the opinion of the Taz which was adopted by the Chassidim, which differs from the opinion of the Rambam]. See the article in the Beit Aharon V'Yisrael anthology (Issue 138, p. 154, note 10). In the book Orchot Rabbeinu (Part 4, pp. 292-293 of the Bnei Brak 2014 edition -this story also appears in Pe'er HaDor, Part 4, p. 109), a story is told that the Chazon Ish recommended as a segula for bearing a son, to purchase mezuzot which contain the verse "that your days and the days of your children should be multiplied", to fix on the doorposts. The Chazon Ish suggested purchasing the mezuzot from R. Nachman Papirna in Jerusalem, and indeed, that couple was blessed with a son after one year. Upon returning to the Chazon Ish with the happy tidings of the birth of their son, he told them that this was not in his merit, rather in the merit of the mezuzot. In the book Orchot Rabbeinu (ibid, p. 293), R. Chaim Kanievsky says that this segula for sons can be publicized in his name. These parshiot have been inspected and were definitely written by R. Nachman Papirna, in his beautiful mehudar scribal handwriting, when he was a young man and his writing most elegant. These parshiot have been proofread by hand and by computer. Enclosed are letters of confirmation for these parshiot, with a handwritten and signed statement by R. Shlomo HaCohen, an "authorized magiha" in the Lishkat Mehadrin V'Tashmishei Kedusha, under the inspection of the "Committee for inspection of Stam (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzot) of the Eda Ha'Charedit". He writes: "…I have carefully inspected the parshiot of Rashi Arizal-Taz whose images appear on the verso of this leaf and they are in the handwriting of R. Nachman Papirna from his prime years, and are in excellent condition, and look like they did on the day they were written. They are kosher, beautiful and very mehudar…". 3 parshiot shel yad, height of parchment: 33/35/42 mm. 16 parshiot shel rosh, height of parchment: 25/36 mm. Two batim of yad and of rosh. Dimensions of square: 40X40 mm. Size including titura (the wider base to which the straps are attached): approximately 55X76/75 mm. + straps connected (on the tefillin shel yad, the knot was made for a left-handed person) + matching plastic boxes (shaidelach).

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Auction 57 Lot Number 2

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Small Sefer Torah, with Brass Handles – Ashkenazi-Chassidic Script – Southern Poland, 19th Century

Sefer Torah, Ashkenazi-Chassidic scribal script. [Southern Poland, ca. mid-19th century].
Ink on parchment, 42 lines per column. Rolled on brass Atzei Chaim.
Two ornamentations: One appears at the beginning of Shirat HaYam above the opening words: Az Yashir, and the second is a slanting of the letter "chet" of "VaYachel Moshe". The travels in Parshat Mas'ei are written in a unique manner: most of the lines begin with the word "VaYis'u".
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls who determined the place and date of writing: "The script follows the method of Chassidic leaders who followed the tradition of the Arizal. The name Havaya is also written according to Chassidic teachings and according to the Eshel Avraham of Buczacz (Buchach)". The expert also notes that the membranes were sewn with consecutive stitches.
Height of parchment: 30-32 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: approximately 49 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Faded ink, slightly browning. Holes with halachically valid patches. Parshat Pinchas opens with a new 3-column membrane [beginning of 20th century]. The scroll is rolled on a pair of cast and engraved brass atzei chaim, upper handles broken and damaged. Non-original mantle, red velvet with silver embroidery (on a cardboard lining). The mantle is larger than the book.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 3

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Miniature Sefer Torah – Poland, Early 19th Century

Miniature Sefer Torah, in Ashkenazi scribal writing. [Poland, first half of 19th century].
Ink on light-colored, thin parchment. Especially charming writing, 42 lines per column. Tagim ornamentation [artistic duplicates of the tagim adorn the letters of the top lines].
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls, who determined the place and date of the writing. He also notes that the scroll was written with "vavei ha'amudim" [the letter "vav" opens each column], but this was not laid out according to the accepted custom of writing (tikun sofrim), consequently some letters were stretched out or written close together to justify the lines.
Height of parchment: 16 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: 29 cm. Good condition. Stains. Small tears to margins of several membranes. Scrolled on a pair of new wooden atzei chaim, unusually small, with ornamentation. New red velvet mantle, embroidered with a Torah crown.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 4

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Sefer Torah – Austro-Hungary, Early 19th Century

Torah scroll, Ashkenazi scribal writing. [Western Hungary / Eastern Austria, ca. first half of 19th century].
About half of the scroll [from Parshat Ki Tisa until Parshat Korach, and other membranes] have been replaced at a later time, apparently from the time the mantle was dedicated [Western Hungary or Eastern Austria, ca. beginning of 20th century].
Ink on parchment, 42 lines per column. Clothed in a blue velvet mantle, with an embroidered dedication (silver thread embroidered on a cardboard lining) inside a floral bouquet pattern capped with a Torah crown: "This was donated by… Yuda Dreksler with his wife Hendel, and their dear son Gavriel. 1929".
Parchment height: approximately 55 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: 96 cm. Good-fair condition. Slightly faded ink. Holes with halachically valid patches. Wooden atzei chaim. Velvet mantle, worn (primarily the front), with unraveling.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls, who determined the place and date of the writing.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 5

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Sefer Torah on Gevil – Yemen, 19th Century

Sefer Torah, Yemenite scribal writing. [Yemen, mid-19th century].
Ink on soft thick gevil. Dark reddish-brown hue, several particularly dark sheets, 51 lines per column.
Written according to Yemenite tradition which follows the rulings of the Rambam: spacing between parshiot according to the Rambam's opinion; Shirat Ha'azinu in 67 lines [Rambam's opinion cited in Keter ben Asher, unlike the tradition of the Sephardim and the Ashkenazim who write Shirat Ha'azinu in 70 lines according to the tradition of the Rama Abulafia); space in Parshat Tzav, (section of "Kol chelev") [following the version of the books of the Rambam in Yemenite manuscripts]; the layout of Shirat Hayam is according to Yemenite tradition; in a number of places, the letter Peh is spiral adhering to Yemenite tradition; seven letters (shin, ayin, tet, nun, zayin, gimmel, tsaddik) have tagim.
Height of the membranes: 55-58 cm. Fair condition. Tears and uneven cutting of the margins. Corrections and erasures in various places (in Parshat Ki Tetze, three lines were erased and not corrected). Several membranes are partially detached. Scrolled on new poles, without a case.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls, who determined the place and date of the writing.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 6

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Sefer Torah on Gevil – Morocco, 18th/19th Century

Sefer Torah, ink on gevil, in Sephardi scribal writing. [Morocco, 18th/19th century].
Ink on soft gevil. Light-brown hue. 52 lines per column.
Height of membranes: approximately 51 cm. Good-fair condition. Few stains. One membrane slightly detached. Housed in a new case, 85 cm, made of Formica-covered wood with a colorful print, framed with tin crown ornaments.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls, who determined the place and date of the writing.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 7

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Esther Scroll – Ashkenazi Script – Lithuania

Esther Scroll. [Lithuania, first half of 19th century].
Ink on parchment.
Ashkenazi scribal script, decorated with tagim (Serifs), 45 lines per column.
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Height of parchment: 30 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, wear. Slight tears and creases at the beginning of the scroll and at the end.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 8

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Esther Scroll – Sephardi Script

Esther Scroll. [Near East (most probably Eretz Israel), first half of 20th century].
Ink on parchment.
Sephardi scribal script decorated with serifs (tagim). "Hamelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "Hamelech"), 20 lines per column.
On the reverse of the first membrane appears an inscription in oriental script: "this scroll was… the estate of the deceased rabbi…" Rolled on a wooden roller. Parchment strip for binding (detached).
Enclosed is an expert's certificate.
Height of parchment: 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and creases. Some tears. Correction of ink in some places.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 9

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ive Books of the Torah – Paris, 1546 – Miniature Edition

Five Books of the Torah, "Printed by the behest of Robertus Stephanus and in his home". Paris, 1546. Five volumes in a miniature format of the Bible edition printed in Paris in 1543-1546.
Five volumes: Bereshit: [144] leaves. Originally: [146] leaves. Lacking 2 middle leaves. Shemot: [123] leaves. Vayikra: [88] leaves. Bamidbar: [122] leaves. Devarim: [107] leaves. 10.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Minor wear. Few tears, not affecting text. Ancient damaged leather bindings, some detached. Housed in a new cardboard case.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 10

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Nevi’im Rishonim, Ezekiel and Trei Asar (Minor Prophets) – Antwerp, 1565 – Miniature Edition – Original Vellum Bindings

Three volumes of the miniature Bible printed by Christophe Plantin: The books of Joshua, Judges and Samuel; the Book of Kings; the books of Ezekiel and Trei Asar. Anversa (Antwerp): Plantin, [ca. 1565].
Christophe Plantin was one of the foremost printers in the 16th century. Shortly before printing the bible, Plantin established a partnership with the Italian Bomberg family that gave him access to the Hebrew typeface developed by Daniel Bomberg.
Three volumes. First volume: Joshua-Judges-Samuel. [285] leaves. Second volume: Kings. [160] leaves. Third volume: Ezekiel and Trei Asar. [227] leaves. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original vellum bindings. Wear and minor defects to the bindings.
The Plantin edition of the bible was printed in several formats: 4° (quarto), 8° (octavo) and 16° (sextodecimo). These volumes are from the 16° miniature edition.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 11

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Torah and Nevi’im Rishonim with Latin Translation and Commentary – Sebastian Münster – Basel, 1534

Mikdash Hashem, Torah and Nevi'im Rishonim, with Latin translation and commentary, by Sebastian Münster. Basel, 1534. Printed by Sebastian Münster.
The first of the two volumes of the Bible printed by the Hebraist Sebastian Münster from 1534-1535, with Rabbinic commentaries printed alongside his own commentary. Münster's translation in this edition constituted the basis of later translations of the Bible to other languages.
[12], 365, [1] leaves. 32 cm. Condition varies, fair. Stains and wear. Worming and tears. Tear to title page affecting illustration. Ancient handwritten notations in Latin. Ancient wood and leather binding, partially detached, with clasp remnants. Damages and tears to binding. Damaged spine.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 12

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Bible – Leiden 1610 – Pocket Edition

Bible -Torah, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, each with a separate title page. Leiden: sons of Franciscus Raphelengius, [1610].
Pocket edition. Non-vowelized.
Several handwritten Latin inscriptions.
264; 227; 238 pages; [1] blank leaf, 287 leaves. Approximately 11 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight wear. Small tear to the corner of the title page. Colored endpapers. Original leather binding.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 13

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Tehillim (Psalms) in Four Languages – London, 1643 – Engravings

The Psalmes of David in 4 languages and in 4 parts. Edited by William Slatyer. Printed by Tho: Harper for George Thomason & Octavian Pullen att ye Rose in Paules Church yeard. [London], 1643. Hebrew, English, Greek and Latin.
Tehillim, chapters 1-22, in Hebrew, English, Greek and Latin (two columns per page); accompanied by musical score. English introduction and two illustrated title pages. The title pages and the text (with the exception of the introduction) are engraved.
The book is bound in a handsome red leather binding, with gilt ornamentation.
[68] pages + blank leaves at end of volume, 14.5 cm. Apparently, missing [1] leaf (engraved portrait of William Slatyer). Good condition. Stains. Handwritten inscriptions on title pages and at the end of the introduction. Slightly cutoff margins to several leaves at the beginning of the book, slightly affecting text. Worming and minor tears to margins of first leaves. Bookplate on inner front binding. Elegant leather binding. Gilt edges.
Not in NLI.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 14

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Tehillim (Psalms) – Pisa, 1816 – Miniature Edition

Tehillim, "with usages and intentions of the Psalms" (kabalistic and simplistic), prayers by the Chida, and others. Pisa (Italy): Shmuel Molcho, [1816].
Contains prayer for livelihood, prayers for the sick, prayer before and after reciting Psalms, request for salvation from mazikim (harmful elements), and more. Pages 1-49: "The intentions and purpose of each chapter of Psalms".
Miniature edition. 49, 172, [4], 13, [2] leaves, approximately 7 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Small tears. Old binding.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 15

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Tehillim (Psalms), Diglei Hodaya V’Hamitzvah – Segula Book

Tehillim, with the books Diglei Hodaya V'Hamitzvah, and with the book Mamtakei Yehuda on the 613 mitzvot, by Rabbi Yehuda Yudel Landau of Jerusalem. [Jozefow], 1875. Two title pages, the first in gold lettering.
Many approbations by Ashkenazi and Sephardi scholars in Eretz Israel, Turkey and Poland. Approbation by Rebbe David of Tolna blessing those who buy the book "with blessing and success and all their wishes should be fulfilled". Another approbation by Rebbe Avraham HaMagid of Trisk who blesses the buyers "that the merit of Torah should protect them and they should be blessed with the triple blessing of scholarly children, long life and abundant livelihood". Many laws and customs of Chassidic leaders.
[12 pages], 3-13 leaves; 233 leaves, (without Ma'amadot). 21 cm. Good condition. Stains. Brittle paper. Worming to several leaves. New binding.
Some of the first leaves of approbations and introductions do not appear in bibliographic listings. The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book notes that they have never seen the first of the two title pages.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 16

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Babylonian Talmud – Tractate Bava Batra – Venice, 1521 – Printed by Daniel Bomberg, First Edition

Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Batra. [Venice]: Daniel Bomberg, [1521]. First edition.
A volume from the first edition of the Talmud printed by the renowned printer Daniel Bomberg in Venice. This edition was the first to publish the Talmud in its entirety, and therefore became the template for all further editions of the Talmud, including pagination and the characteristic page layout customary until today.
Notations of sources and short handwritten glosses on many pages.
Incomplete copy. 3-9, 17-30, 34-39, 42-104, 106-111, 113-217 leaves. The final page is incorrectly numbered 609. Leaves 82-87 are bound incorrectly. Missing: title page, leaves 2, 10-16, 31-33, 40-41, 105, 112 (16 leaves missing in total). Missing leaves have been replaced with photocopies. 32 cm. Condition of pages varies; good-fair. Stains, mold stains and worming; some repaired. Repaired tears at the margins of several leaves (some pages have undergone professional restoration). Several pages have margins cut near the edge of the text. New elaborate leather binding.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 17

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Babylonian Talmud – Tractates Me’ilah, Kinim, Middot and Tamid – Venice, 1523 – Printed by Daniel Bomberg, First Edition

Babylonian Talmud, Tractates Me'ilah, Kinim, Middot and Tamid. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1523. First edition.
Volume from the first edition of the Talmud by Daniel Bomberg in Venice. This edition was the first to publish the Talmud in its entirety, and therefore became the template for all further editions of the Talmud, including pagination and the characteristic page layout customary until today. This copy does not include the smaller tractates of Smachot, Kallah and Sofrim that were originally included in this volume.
37 leaves. Without the small tractates. 38 cm. Good condition. The pages have been professionally restored (washed and pressed). Several pages have professionally repaired wormholes, with damage to text. Ancient vellum binding, repaired.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 18

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Talmud Yerushalmi – Tractates Nashim and Nezikin – Venice, 1523-1524 – Printed by Daniel Bomberg, First Edition

Talmud Yerushalmi, Seder Nashim and Yeshuot (Nezikin and Niddah). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, [1523-1524]. First edition. Two volumes.
Two volumes from the Talmud Yerushalmi edition printed by Bomberg. This was the first edition of the Talmud Yerushalmi, upon which all further editions were based. Each chapter begins with the entire chapter of the Mishna, followed by the entire chapter of the Talmud.
Regarding the exact publication date, see Feintuch, Masorot VeNuscha'ot Betalmud, chapter "Al HaTalmud Hayerushalmi Dfus Venitzia". Ramat Gan, 1985, p. 171-178.
Two volumes. Seder Nashim: 66 leaves. Seder Nezikin and Tractate Niddah: 1-47, 49 leaves. Missing 3 leaves: 48, 50-51. Sections of leaves 47 and 49 have been replaced by photocopy. 34 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains. Much worming, most professionally repaired, with slight damage to text. Small tears; repaired. Some pages have been professionally cleaned. Mold stains, mostly to the inner lower margins. New bindings with cloth spines.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 19

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Hilchot Rav Alfas – Sabbionetta, 1554-1555 – Three Volumes

Hilchot Rav Alfas, with commentaries. Sabbionetta: Tobias Foa, [1554-1555]. First edition of Shiltei HaGiborim.
Three volumes. Ownership inscription on title page of the first volume as well as several glosses in Oriental script.
Ownership inscription on title page of second volume: "…Ye'oshua Avraham Istrok… 1647".
At the time this edition of Rav Alfas was published, the Inquisitors decreed the burning of Holy Books in Italy, beginning with the burning of the Talmud in Rome on Rosh Hashanah of 1553. During that period, study or printing of the Talmud was prohibited, but the books of the Rif were permitted for study. Subsequently, Italian scholars of in those days primarily studied the books of the Rif. Hence, this edition became an especially important and propitious book (for further information on the decree against Jewish holy books in Italy, see: Mavo L'Chiddushei R. Moshe Kazis, Machon Yerushalayim, 1888; E. Ya'ari, Burning of the Talmud in Italy; M. Benayahu, The Hebrew Printing Press in Cremona; etc.).
The famous composition Shiltei HaGiborim, written at that time by R. Yehoshua Bo'az, a leading Italian posek, was first printed in this edition.
Three (incomplete) volumes. Vol. 1: 98, 97-170, [2], 171-187, 189-225, 225-229, [1], 227-267, 265-410 leaves. Vol. 2: [1], 402-553 leaves (originally: [1], 402-778 leaves). Lacking 226 leaves. Vol. 3: 159 leaves (originally: 398 [i.e.: 396], 54 leaves). Lacking 292 leaves. 37.5 cm. Condition varies from one volume to the next. Many leaves are in good condition, some are in fair condition or fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Dampstains and worming in various places. Heavy worming to Vol. 3. Coarse tears to title pages of two volumes. Repaired tears affecting text of several leaves. One volume has a new leather binding, one has an old, worn, leather binding and the third is without binding.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 20

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Hilchot Rav Alfas – Krakow, 1597-1598 – Four Volumes

Hilchot Rav Alfas (Rif), with commentaries. Krakow: Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz (Prostejow), 1597-1598. Three sections in four volumes.
Ownership inscription in the margins of the title page of the first volume: "This Alfas belongs to R. Asher ben David Bachrach". Other ownership inscriptions.
Section I in two volumes: [288] leaves. Section II: 268 leaves. Section III: 302, [8], 853-872 leaves. Leaves 853-872 of section III (Halachot Ketanot) are also bound in the middle of the first section. Approximately 34 cm. Overall good condition. Thick, high-quality paper. Stains. Repaired tears to the title pages and several other pages, with damage to the borders of the title pages and other textual damage. Margins cut flush with the text in several places. Worming to one volume, some professionally repaired. Worming to the other volumes, without significant textual damage. New bindings.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 21

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Sefer Rav Mordechai – Krakow, 1598

Sefer Rav Mordechai (Rhenish), responsa and Ashkenazic customs organized according to Talmudic tractates, by R. Mordechai ben Hillel Hakohen. Krakow: Isaac ben Aaron of Prostitz, [1598].
Fourth volume from the Rav Alfas edition printed in the Prostitz printing house in Krakow in 1597-98. With glosses and rulings from R. Menachem David ben Yitzchak of Tiktin (Tykocin).
The subtitle "Rhenish" serves to differentiate this edition from the "Austrian" editions. The Rhenish and Austrian editions are distinguished by the differing local customs described in each version.
191 (i.e. 190) leaves. Faulty pagination. 35 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick, high-quality paper. Stains. Worming with damage to text. Repaired tears and worming to the first and last pages, with slight damage to text. New binding.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 22

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Me’or Einayim, by Rabbi Josiah Pinto – Venice, 1643 – First Edition

Me'or Einayim, novellae by R. Josiah Pinto on the Talmudic aggadot which appear in the book Ein Ya'akov. Venice, [1643]. First edition. These novellae were later printed in many editions of the book Ein Ya'alov, under the title "Rif".
Glosses in Italian Hebrew script. On page 54/b is a long (cutoff) gloss, which begins: "I who write…".
The kabbalist R. Josiah Pinto (Rif; 1565-1648), disciple of R. Chaim Vital in Damascus. In 1625, he moved to Eretz Israel and settled in Jerusalem and in Safed, however, just one year later, after the death of his son Yosef, he returned to Damascus and was appointed Rabbi of its Jewish community. He authored the books Kesef Nivchar, Kesef Mezukak, and more. Some of his descendants moved to North Africa. The Pinto family that settled in Marrakesh in the 18th century became a well-known family of Rabbis and Kabbalists [R. Jacob Pinto of Marrakesh was among the teachers of Rabbi Shalom Buzaglo, author of Mikdash Melech; his son, R. Avraham Pinto was Rabbi of Marrakesh and author of Hadarat kodesh].
194, [3], [1 blank leaf]; 14 leaves. 30 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Worming to some leaves, mostly not affecting text. First leaves are loose and partially detached. Ancient leather binding, with damages and worming.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 23

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Six Small Format Volumes of Talmud – Amsterdam, 1723-1746

Six small format volumes of Babylonian Talmud "that may be carried in one's pocket to be studied even while travelling" (title page of Tractate Taanit). Every two pages of this format include one page of standard-format volumes of Talmud. These tractates were printed independently, not as part of a complete set of Talmud.
1. Tractate Taanit, with commentary of Rashi, Tosafot and Rosh. Amsterdam, [1723].
2. Tractate Chagiga, with commentary of Rashi, Tosafot and Rosh. Amsterdam, [1744].
3. Tractate Kiddushin, with commentary of Rashi, Tosafot and Rosh, and the Perush Hamishnayot of the Rambam. Amsterdam, [1744].
4. Tractate Chagiga with the commentary of Rashi, Tosafot and Piskei Tosafot. Amsterdam, [1726]. All the pages were printed twice.
5. Tractate Sukkah, with the commentaries of Rashi, Tosafot and Rosh. Amsterdam, [1739]. Three pages missing from the middle of the volume.
6. Tractate Brachot, with the commentaries of Rashi, Tosafot and Rosh, and the Perush Hamishnayot of the Rambam. Amsterdam, [1746]. Four pages missing from the end of the volume, as well as one leaf in the middle which is torn and incomplete. Further tears.
Six volumes. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 57 Lot Number 24

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Ashkenazi Machzor – Sabbionetta-Cremona, 1557-1560 – Addition of Manuscript Pages, Slichot and Piyyutim – Central Europe, 16th Century – Ancient Signatures

Year-round Machzor according to Ashkenazi custom, with the commentary of R. Binyamin ben Meir Halevi. Sections I and II. Sabbionetta: Tobias Foa, and Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, [1557-1560].
The first section of the machzor was printed by Tobias Foa in Sabbionetta, but printing was halted due to the closure of Foa's printing press. The printing was then moved to Cremona, where the machzor was completed on the printing press of Vincenzo Conti. The second section was printed twice, with several typographical differences between the two editions (see: M. Benayahu, Hebrew Printing in Cremona, Jerusalem, 1971, pp. 141-178). Most of the pages in this copy match the variant referred to by Benayahu as "partial", but some pages match the other variant, referred to as "whole".
Incomplete copy, (39 leaves missing). Many handwritten pages (semi-cursive Ashkenazi script, second half of 17th century or first half of 18th century) are bound between the machzor's original pages and at the end of the volume. The handwritten pages include selichot and piyyutim not included in the printed machzor, including piyyutim such as: "The nations are as naught compared to You", "The nations worship idols…", many of which were censored from the printed machzorim. Ancient glosses to several pages.
Ancient ownership inscriptions preceding the title page: "This machzor belongs to the distinguished woman Baila bat Zeligman"; "Binyamin ben Shmuel"; and others, as well as a copy of the piyyut "Atah Hu Elokeinu" in square script. Page 192b contains family inscriptions: "For these I cry… for my father… who passed away on Jan 13, 1695... Shmuel Ben Binyamin Bernheim." "For these I cry… for my mother, who passed away on March 22, 1713..." The final page contains further inscriptions: "I bought this machzor for a crown… Shmuel ben Aharon" and others. The final page of the manuscript pages at the end of the machzor contain birth inscriptions from 1741-1749.
Incomplete copy (39 out of 394 leaves missing). 85, 88-92, 94-95, 97-104, 109-192, 194-224, 229-236, 246-247, 250-251, 253, 256, 261-289, 292-343, 345-348, 352-363, 365-379, 381-392, [2] leaves (originally: 392, [2] leaves) + [29] and [16] manuscript leaves, bound at the beginning (after page 8) and end of the volume. Leaves 2-3 are bound incorrectly before page 8. Leaf 87 is replaced by a handwritten page. 17.5 cm. Condition varies; overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear; tears to several pages with minimal damage to text. Loose and detached pages. Original leather binding; damaged.

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