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Auction 62 Lot Number 1

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Handwritten Parchment Leaf which Served as Binding – Part of a Manuscript of Piskei HaRosh with Hagahot Asheri – Germany, 15th Century

Handwritten parchment leaf, a section from Piskei HaRosh with Hagahot Asheri. [Germany, ca. end of 14th century or beginning of 15th century].
The leaf was cut for use in binding. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script, one gloss from Hagahot Asheri is in smaller writing, in a "window". This fragment contains Piskei HaRosh to Tractate Moed Katan, Chapter III (sections 80-85).
Three other leaves of this manuscript have survived and were bound at the end of a Rav Alfas manuscript (British Library, Margoliouth Catalogue no. 474) from 1386, containing passages of Tractates Moed Katan (Chapters I and III), Sukkah and Berachot. It seems that those leaves were also used in binding. See enclosed material.
[1] parchment leaf. Loss of text due to trimming to size of binding. Height: 19.5 cm. Width: 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, some particularly dark. Several holes affecting text.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 2

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Collection of Leaves of Ancient Manuscripts from the Middle Ages Originating from Geniza – Oriental Countries

Collection of ancient handwritten leaves, which were retrieved from geniza. Mostly complete leaves.
· Gathering of six leaves out of a manuscript composition on Mitzvot, in Judeo-Arabic, from a chapter discussing the laws of ritual slaughtering. It appears to be a Karaite work. Early oriental square script. [13th/14th century].
[6] leaves, [12] written pages. 18 cm. 21 lines per page. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Large tears affecting text in several places.
· Two leaves, out of a medical composition in Judeo-Arabic. Early oriental semi-cursive script. [14th/15th century]. Out of chapters on eye care. A diagram appears on p. [3].
[2] leaves, [4] written pages. 17.5 cm. 15-16 lines per page. Fair condition. Stains, tears and wear, affecting text.
· Two leaves, three of the pages contain Arabic inscriptions (presumably concerning commerce), and the fourth page contains lists in Arabic in Hebrew script. Early oriental semi-cursive script. [15th century?].
[2] leaves, [4] written pages. 18 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, wear and tears, affecting text.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 3

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Leaf Fragments of the Radak Commentary – Printed in Guadalajara, Spain, 1482 (Incunable)

Nine leaf fragments from a "binding geniza" – the Radak commentary on Neviim Acharonim (Yeshaya), printed in Guadalajara (Spain): R. Shlomo Alkabetz, 1482.
The margins contain completions of verses in Sephardic handwriting from the time of the printing. The leaves contain passages of the commentary to Yeshaya, Chapters 19, 21-26.
Nine leaves. Average height: 21 cm. Varying degrees of damage, as a result of the binding. Stains and tears, professionally restored. Bound.
The printing press of R. Shlomo Alkabetz of Spain (grandfather of the Kabbalist R. Shlomo Alkabetz [the second] of Safed, author of Lecha Dodi), was the first Hebrew printing press in Spain, and one of the first Hebrew printing presses in the world. The press published approximately twenty books, including the first printing of the Passover Haggadah (in 1480).

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Auction 62 Lot Number 4

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Collection of Leaves from a “Binding Geniza” – Leaves from the Naples 1492 Edition of the Bible – Handwritten Leaf with “Reshut L’Haftarot”, 16th Century

Collection of ancient leaves from a "binding geniza":
· 13 leaves from an edition of Neviim and Ketuvim, Naples: Joshua Solomon ben Israel Natan Soncino, [ca. 1492].
The collection consists of the following leaves (this book is apparently the first book printed with pagination): Kohelet – leaves 119-120; "Achashverosh" (Megillat Esther) – leaves 122, 128; Yeshaya – leaves 228, 245; Daniel – leaves 376, 379-380; Divrei HaYamim – leaves 426-429.
· Handwritten leaf, "Reshut prior to the Haftara", an Aramaic piyyut beginning with "Berich Elaka Ilaa…". Cursive Sephardic script [16th century?]. The top of the page bears a calligraphic signature (undeciphered).
[14] leaves. 30 cm. Leaves severely damaged from binding, repaired on both sides with transparent netting, and bound together. Severe stains and tears, affecting text, signs of past dampness and damage. Old binding, damaged.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 5

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Minhag Avot Tanya – First Edition – Mantua, 1514

Minhag Avot Tanya. Customs and laws. [By R. Yechiel son of R. Yekutiel Anav, author of Maalot HaMiddot]. Mantua: Shmuel Latif, 1514.
Printed without a title page. Printer's colophon appears on the last page, dated Sivan 1514 in Mantua. The leaf with the table of contents is bound at the beginning of the book.
Short explanatory glosses, in early Italian script.
This book is an abridgement of Shibolei HaLeket, with many additions. It was arranged as a halachic composition accompanying the Italian-rite siddur (Minhag Bnei Roma). The book was printed anonymously, but in various editions was attributed to R' Yechiel son of R' Asher (the Rosh) and to R' Yechiel son of R' Tzidkiya.
[100] leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, most of the leaves are in good condition. Stains. Light wear to some of the pages. Worming in a few places, some of it restored. Restored tears, several tears repaired with adhesive tape. New leather binding.
In following editions, the composition was called Tanya Rabata or Tanya Rabati. About the author and the composition, see: I.Z. Feintuch, Masorot V'Nuschaot BaTalmud, Ramat Gan 1985, pp. 65-76; Y. Ta-Shema, in: Italia, 11, 1995, pp. 48-49.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 6

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Seder Olam Raba / Seder Olam Zuta / Megillat Taanit / Sefer HaKabbalah – Mantua, 1513

Seder Olam Raba, Seder Olam Zuta, Megillat Taanit and Sefer HaKabbalah of the Raavad. Mantua: Samuel ben Meir Latif, [1513].
Complete copy. Printed without title page. The last leaf contains a colophon: "Sefer HaKabbalah of the Raavad was completed here in Mantua… [1513]".
This is the first printed edition of four important historiographical works: Seder Olam Raba – attributed to the Tana R. Yossi ben Chalafta, a chronological-Midrashic composition on the order of the generations and the events from Adam until the times of Alexander the Great; Seder Olam Zuta – summary and appendage of Seder Olam Raba enumerating 89 generations from Adam until Mar Zutra who was executed close to the end of the fifth century; Megillat Taanit – early composition containing a list of 36 festive days in the year when it is prohibited to fast, due to joyful events that occurred on those days. The book is composed of two parts, "Mishna" and "Gemara". The "Mishna" is written in Aramaic with a short note of the event and the "Gemara" is written in Hebrew with a longer account of the event. The Aramaic part is from the time of the Second Temple and the Hebrew part is from the time of the Talmud and later; Seder HaKabbalah, by Rabbi Avraham ibn Daud (known as "Raavad I"), a Spanish scholar of the 12th century – historical chronology from the time of the Bible until his time, "a history of Rome from the day it was built until the beginning of the rule of Yishmael" and the "history of Jewish kings during the Second Temple era". This work is the source for the famous story Arbaat HaShevuyim (The Four Captives), which was the foundation for the establishment of the Torah center in Spain.
A handwritten inscription appears on p. 50b. Several censor deletions on two leaves. Censors' signatures.
[51] leaves. Printed without title page. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. The entire book was professionally restored - margins, worming and tears repaired with paper. Some leaves replaced from another copy. Stains. Severe worming to many leaves, affecting text. Repaired tears. New leather binding, with damage.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 7

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Sefer HaRokeach – Fano, 1505 – First Edition – Signature of Rabbi “Natan bar Menachem”

Sefer HaRokeach, composed by Rabbi Elazar [of Worms] son of R. Yehudah. Fano: Gershom Soncino, Erev Pesach 1505. First edition.
A foremost halacha and ethics book. "Proofread with great precision by R. Yehuda Yaaleh of Pesaro". According to many bibliographers, this is the first Hebrew book to be printed with a title page.
R. Elazar of Worms (1145-1225) was the son and disciple of R. Yehuda son of R. Kalonymus of Mainz, and disciple of R. Yehuda HaChassid, author of Sefer Chassidim, who transmitted Kabbalistic secrets to him. He composed approximately thirty books, and is known for this book as the Rokeach.
Censor's deletions in several places.
An ownership inscription in early Ashkenazic script appears at the head of p. [34a]: "Just as I have merited to acquire it, so may I merit to complete it, so says Natan bar Menachem". This may be the signature of R. Natan bar Menachem Egra, a German Torah scholar who came to Italy in the time of the Maharam of Padua, serving in the rabbinate of Italian towns - Venice, Cremona and others. The Maharam of Padua exchanged Halachic correspondence with him, writing about him: "Surely he does not need my Talmudic interpretations". A responsum from him is published in Responsa Binyamin Zev.
[107] leaves. Originally: [109] leaves. Title page and index leaf missing (replaced with photocopies). 26.5 cm. Light-colored, high-quality paper. Fair condition. Stains, worming. Repaired damage and tears. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 8

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Arbaa Turim – Fano, 1516 – Printed by Gershom Soncino – Incomplete Copy

Arbaa Turim. [Fano]: Gershom Soncino, [1516].
Incomplete copy. Even HaEzer section complete. Yoreh De'ah lacking the beginning and starts in the middle of section 198. Choshen Mishpat lacking the end, ending in the middle of section 245. Without Orach Chaim.
Initial words within woodcut borders at the beginning of Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat.
Ownership inscriptions, at the end of Yoreh De'ah and the end of Even HaEzer, of "Moshe Nehardea", who acquired the book in 1798 (he is known to have owned a manuscript of piyyutim, in 1785, currently in the Manchester Library – Gaster Collection 135).
[163] leaves (originally: [322] leaves). Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy), lacking leaves from the beginning of Yoreh De'ah and the end of Choshen Mishpat (lacking a total of 159 leaves). Even HaEzer is complete. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming to a few leaves. Marginal repairs to first and last few leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 9

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e Rudimentis Hebraicis – Rudiments of Hebrew – Dictionary of Hebrew Words and Hebrew Grammar by Johann Reuchlin – First Edition – Pforzheim, 1506

De Rudimentis Hebraicis liber primus (First Book of Hebrew Rudiments), by Johann Reuchlin. [Phorce (Pforzheim): Thomas Anshelm, 1506]. Latin, with Hebrew words.
The first edition of Johann Reuchlin's book, the first Hebrew dictionary and grammar book for Christian scholars. This book was known to have great impact on the development of the study and research of Hebrew texts by Christians in the Renaissance and Hebraism period.
Marginal handwritten notes and inscriptions in Latin on some leaves.
The author, Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522) was a foremost German humanist and Hebraist.
[1], 606 pages. Originally: [1], 620, [5] pages. Lacking 10 last leaves (replaced with photocopies): pp. 607-620, [5], including the leaf with Reuchlin's coat of arms. Right to left pagination, slightly faulty. 28 cm. Thick, high-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Marginal creases to some leaves. Tears (the first leaf was professionally restored). New binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 10

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Shaarei Teshuva – Constantinople, 1511

Shaarei Teshuva, by Rabbeinu Yonah HaChassid of Girona. Constantinople: David and his son Samuel ibn Nachmias, [1511]. Second edition.
The famous book of Rabbeinu Yonah Gerondi (of Girona), a foremost ethics book. This book has been printed over the years in close to one hundred editions.
Printed without title page. The colophon states: "The heavenly work was completed, beautiful, sevenfold refined… in Constantinople on Rosh Chodesh Adar II [1511]".
[39] leaves. (Originally: [40] leaves. Lacking first leaf - replaced with photocopy). 18.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Eight leaves at the end of the book were replaced from a different copy. Stains. Worming and tears (repaired), affecting the text (the book was professionally restored). Large open tears to the last two leaves (with loss, also slightly affecting the colophon). New parchment binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 11

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Beit HaMidot (Maalot HaMidot) – Constantinople, 1511 – First Edition

Beit HaMidot (Maalot HaMidot), by R. Yechiel Anav. Constantinople: [Samuel son of David ibn Nachmias, 1511]. First edition.
This is the first edition of the famous ethics book Maalot HaMidot, which in this edition is named Beit HaMidot.
Colophon: "The work was completed… by the workers… R. Shmuel Rikomin and R. Astruc de Toulon… and this book was completed on Tishrei 4, [1511] in Constantinople…".
Incomplete copy. [68] leaves. (Originally: [72] leaves. Lacking [4] leaves: the first two leaves - including the title page, leaf [69] and the last leaf. Three of the lacking leaves were replaced with photocopies). 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness to some of the leaves. Worming and tears (repaired) affecting text (the book was professionally restored). Large tears to approx. 20 leaves in various places, affecting text (occasionally replaced with photocopies). New leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 12

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Three Incomplete Books Printed in Constantinople – 1510, 1514, 1517

Three incomplete books printed in Constantinople early in the 16th century:
1. Midrash Mishlei. [Constantinople, 1517]. First edition.
Year of printing is according to A. Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri BeKushta, Jerusalem 1967, p. 76, no. 53.
[11] leaves Originally: [12] leaves. The title page is missing and replaced with photocopy). Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Worming and tears (repaired), affecting text (the leaves were professionally restored). New binding.
2. Pirkei Rabbi Eliezer. [Constantinople: Yehuda Sasson, 1514]. Second edition.
[22] leaves. Originally: [44] leaves (lacking title page and leaves from the middle and end of the book). 17 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears (repaired), affecting text. New binding.
3. Torat Kohanim, Sifra [D'Vei Rav], with the Raavad's commentary. [Constantinople, ca. 1510]. First edition.
The printing of this edition was never completed. The printing of the book was evidently interrupted in the middle of Parshat VaYikra. Altogether, [42] leaves were printed. Here is a section of the book containing [8] leaves.
[8] leaves. Originally: [42] leaves. 26 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Severe worming and tears (repaired) affecting text (the leaves were professionally restored). New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 13

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Toldot Yitzchak – Constantinople, 1518 – First Edition – Two Incomplete Copies

Toldot Yitzchak, commentary on the Torah, by R. Yitzchak son of R. Yosef Karo. [Constantinople, 1518]. Printer unknown. First edition.
Two copies lacking title pages. One of the copies is lacking another seven leaves.
The book was printed and sold section by section. See: Avraham Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri BeKushta, Jerusalem 1967, p. 77, no. 59.
The last page contains closing words by "the youngest of printers, Shlomo son of… R. Mazal Tov". The colophon states: "The work was completed… on Wednesday Elul 18, [1518] in Constantinople…".
The author, R. Yitzchak Karo, an exile of Spain and Portugal, was the uncle of R. Yosef Karo author of the Shulchan Aruch, who consulted him on Halachic matters. He lectured in Turkish communities, and left for Eretz Israel in 1518 (the year he printed this book). It is unclear whether he reached his destination or was delayed in Damascus where he remained until his passing.
Copy I: [2]-[101] leaves. Lacking title page. 23 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Signs of past dampness. Worming affecting text. Some detached leaves. Repairs. New binding.
Copy II: [8]-[22], [24]-[101] leaves. Lacking first seven leaves (including title page) and leaf [23]. 25 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Open marginal tears and worming, affecting text, professionally restored. Significant open tears to several leaves, professionally restored. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 14

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Midrash Tanchuma – First Printed Edition of Tanchuma – Constantinople, 1520-1522 – Glosses

Midrash Tanchuma, called Yelamdenu Rabbenu. [Constantinople]: Solomon son of Mazal Tov, [1520-1522]. First edition.
Two columns per page. Pages [64b-65a] contain only one column per page.
Colophon: "The work of the Midrash was completed… 1522".
Several glosses, some lengthy (and trimmed), in Sephardic-Oriental script. Lengthy gloss (slightly trimmed), signed: "Eliyahu Philoso[ph]". A gloss beginning with: "A.M.K.".
[107] leaves (originally: [110] leaves). Lacking title page (replaced with a photocopy), and leaves [56] and [110] from the middle and end of the book, which were originally blank leaves. 28.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains. Signs of past dampness and minor mold stains to some leaves. Partially repaired worming, affecting text. Repaired tears. Several leaves replaced from another copy. New leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 15

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Kol Bo – Constantinople, 1520 – Early Glosses

Kol Bo. [Constantinople, 1520].
The book Kol Bo is an anthology of laws and customs from the time of the Rishonim, the identity of its author is subject to dispute.
Printed without title page.
Several lengthy early notes, in Oriental script (Yemen?), containing various selections including laws, customs and their reasons, according to homiletic and Kabbalistic teachings.
2-164 leaves. Lacking the first leaf (replaced with a photocopy), leaf 140 appears twice. 30 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains, tears and wear. Most leaves are repaired. Large marginal tears to several leaves, affecting text in several places, repaired with paper. Some of the leaves were replaced from another copy. Several detached leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 16

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Neve Shalom – Constantinople, 1538-1539 –Signatures

Neve Shalom, philosophical composition, on the topics of faith, Kabbalah and nature, Torah attributes, prophecy and sacrifices, by R. Avraham son of R. Yitzchak Shalom (Spanish scholar, died in Spain in the year of the expulsion). Constantinople: Eliezer ben Gershom Soncino, [1538-1539]. First edition.
Colophon on the last page: "Completed on Friday 13th Sivan [1539]".
Signature on the first leaf: "Meir Santi" (possibly R. Meir Santa, Rabbi of Nagykanizsa. See: Ishim BiTshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 250). Two unidentified signatures on the last page.
[191] leaves. Originally: [196] leaves.Missing the title page and four leaves [181-184] in the middle of the book. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and signs of past dampness. A few tears. Slight worming. Original leather binding, slightly damaged.
The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book records [194] leaves, whereas OCLC records [196] leaves. When comparing this copy against the digitized copy on the HebrewBooks website, it became clear that originally there were [196] leaves.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 17

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Rabbeinu Bachyei on the Torah – Pesaro, 1517 – Glosses

The Rabbeinu Bachyei commentary on the Torah, by Rabbeinu Bachyei ben Asher ibn Halawa. [Pesaro: Gershom Soncino, 1517].
Dozens of notes in early Ashkenazic script (some trimmed). Most consist of corrections, some of additions and novellae. Some lengthy notes. In Parashat Balak, particularly lengthy notes appear at the foot of the pages.
[272] leaves (originally: [274] leaves. Lacking the title page and last leaf). An additional leaf was bound at the end of the book (from the Pesaro 1507 edition of the Rabbeinu Bachyei commentary). The first leaf, within an illustrated border (originally leaf [2]), was bound back-to-front (to give it the appearance of a title page). 29 cm. High-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains, dampstains. Wear to the first leaves. Marginal tears to several leaves. Only the front cover remains, detached.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 18

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 19

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Chiddushei HaRashba on Tractate Berachot – Venice, 1523 – Printed by Daniel Bomberg – First Edition

Novellae on Tractate Berachot by the Rashba (R. Shlomo ibn Aderet). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1523. First edition.
Printed concurrently to three other books: Chiddushei Gittin and Chiddushei Chulin by the Rashba, and Chiddushei Baba Batra by the Ramban. The four books are known as "Chiddushei Arba Shitot L'HaRashba V'Ramban".
46 leaves. (Originally: 47 leaves. Lacking title page). 23 cm. High-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Minor worming. Signs of past dampness. Tear (repaired) to the first leaf, without loss. Note in late script on leaf 15. Ownership inscription on leaf 17. Detached gathering. Without binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 20

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Mikneh Avram – Venice, 1523 – Hebrew Edition

Mikneh Avram, Hebrew grammar, by the physician and grammarian R. Avraham de Balmes. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1523]. First edition.
Vocalized Hebrew edition. Another edition with Latin translation was printed concurrently - see next item.
Leaf [4] contains an illustration of the Hebrew alphabet according to "the script of Ever HaNahar (beyond the river) as I found it in an ancient book".
On leaf [143]: "Shaar B'Taamei HaMikra, by myself Kalonymus son of R. David Kalonymus, to complete the book Mikneh Avram by R. Avraham de Balmes, who passed away and didn't merit to complete the book".
Two censor deletions. Censor's signature on the last leaf.
[157] leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Most of the leaves are thick, high-quality paper. Several darkened leaves. Stains. Minor wear to title page and other leaves. New binding. Bookplate.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 21

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Mikneh Avram – Venice, 1523 – Hebrew-Latin Edition – Impressive Copy

Mikneh Avram, Hebrew grammar, by the physician and grammarian R. Avraham de Balmes. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, [1523].
Hebrew (vocalized) and Latin face à face. The translation is presumably by Kalonymus ben David Kalonymus, who wrote the last section of the book - Shaar B'Taamei HaMikra, and brought the book to print.
A poem in Latin in honor of Daniel Bomberg appears on the verso of the title page, followed by an introduction in Latin by Daniel Bomberg. Also the author praises Bomberg in his preface.
Another Hebrew-only edition was printed concurrently - see previous item. The layout of the Hebrew text is almost identical. In this edition, each row is numbered.
[314] leaves. 21 cm. Fine copy in very good condition. High-quality paper, wide margins. Stains, handwritten inscriptions. Early leather-covered wooden binding, without the clasps.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 22

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Sefer HaShorashim by the Radak – Venice, 1529

Sefer HaShorashim, the second part of the Michlol by R. David Kimchi (the Radak). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1529.
Beside column 254, there is a gloss in Oriental script, signed: "Shalom Yisrael".
The last leaf contains two poems praising this edition, composed by R. Eliyahu Ashkenazi (Bachur): "…this work was printed six times… but this printing is recognized for its beauty and correctness…".
[2] pages, 5-570 columns, [2] pages. 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Signs of past dampness. Mold stains to the margins of the last leaves. Slight worming, not affecting text. A few censor deletions. Non-original binding. Damage to the binding. Bookplate.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 23

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Responsa Binyamin Ze’ev – Venice, 1538 – Corrections in the Author’s Handwriting

Binyamin Ze'ev, Halachic responsa and rulings, Parts 1-2, by R. Binyamin Ze'ev ben R. Matitya. [Venice]: Daniel Bomberg, [1538].
This copy contains corrections in the author's handwriting: corrections appear on pp. 260a, 405b and 501b in R. Binyamin Ze'ev's handwriting, and a lengthy addition in his handwriting appears on p. 456b, signed with the following words: "So it seems to me, the layman" (as R. Binyamin Ze'ev commonly refers to himself in his book).
Apart from these notes, there are three scholarly notes by a different writer, two of which are signed: "A.Y." (pp. 200a, 302a, 504a).
This book was brought to print by its author, R. Binyamin Ze'ev ben Matitya of Arta, Greece, one of the greatest halachic authorities of his generation, and was the first book of halachic responsa to be published by its author. The book aroused great controversy due to several halachic decisions it contains which some leading Italian rabbis strongly contested, and R. Binyamin was dismissed from his position as rabbi of Arta in its wake. Some changes were made during the printing, including the omission of sections 255-256 (at the end of Part 1) "in order to maintain peace", and their replacement with two leaves of new text. The book was proofread by R. Binyamin Ze'ev alone, as he writes in the colophon at the end of the book, and the great trouble this entailed caused mistakes to creep into the printing. After the initial printing, R. Binyamin Ze'ev proofread and corrected some of the copies by hand.
Great importance has been ascribed to this book in halachic literature, though some halachic authorities banned it following the opposition it aroused. It is interesting to quote the words of the Maharshal, his contemporary, who contested one of the halachic decisions in the book, and relates to the errors which in his opinion crept into the book: "If he is righteous, why did G-d allow an error to come about through him? Was he not the writer, who brought the book to print in person?". The Rema, however, lists the author among the greatest halachic authorities and relies upon his decisions. (About the book, the controversy it aroused and the differences between the copies, see: Meir Benayahu, Introduction to Sefer Binyamin Ze'ev, Jerusalem, 1989).
Copy lacking beginning of Part 1 and end of Part 2: 81-367, [2], 376-399, 399-573 leaves. (Missing leaves 1-80 at the beginning of the book, and last 2 leaves at the end of Part 2, in the middle of the eulogy on the author's son). 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick, high-quality, light-colored paper. Stains. Wear to some of the leaves. Worming in several places. The lengthy glosses are trimmed. A loose gathering in the middle of the book. Acidic adhesive paper strips on the margins of the [2] leaves at the end of Part 1. Old binding, worn and damaged.

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Two Early Editions of Responsa of the Rashba – Bologna, 1539 / Venice, 1545

Two editions of Responsa of the Rashba:
· Responsa, by R. Shlomo ibn Aderet (the Rashba). Bologna, [1539]. First edition.
Handwritten notes and sources on many leaves. Signatures appear on pp. 64b and [200b]: "I, Yisrael son of R. Aharon…". Additional inscriptions.
[16], [1]-167, 167-216 [i.e. 215] leaves. Mispaginated. The [16] leaves of indexes usually appear at the beginning of the book with an additional title page ("Simanei She'elot U'Teshuvot"). In this copy, the title page of the book was bound before the indexes, and the title page of the indexes is detached (with tears, wear and worming, repaired), apparently from another copy. 26 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick, high-quality paper. The bottom half of the title page (of the book) is lacking and repaired. Stains. Worming, some repaired. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. New binding.
· Responsa of the Rashba, by R. Shlomo ibn Aderet. Venice: Justinian, 1545.
Handwritten notes and sources on many leaves. The title page bears signatures: "Yehuda Leib Rofe"; "Avraham Scadri[?]".
192 leaves. 24.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tears (repaired) to title page. Small tears and damage to the last leaf. New leather binding. Slipcased.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 25

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Masoret HaMasoret – Tuv Taam (Sefer HaTaamim) – Basel, 1539

Masoret HaMasoret, Accentuum Hebraicorum liber unus, regarding grammar and Mesorah (study of the exact traditional text of the Bible), by R. Eliyahu the grammarian. Basel, [1539].
Printed with Tuv Taam (Sefer HaTaamim) by the same author, on cantillation marks (separate title page, dated 1539), and an additional book containing the (abridged) Latin translation of these two books with a Hebrew and Latin title page: "Sefer HaTaamim V'Sefer Masoret HaMasoret" (translated by Sebastian Münster). The Hebrew text is vocalized (apart from the title pages). The Latin translation is bound here separately.
The colophon at the end of Tuv Taam which reads: "And the work was completed… here, in the acclaimed Venice…", is a copying of the first edition's colophon, printed a year earlier in Venice.
The principal argument in these books is that the cantillation and vocalization marks were devised by the scholars of Mesorah in Tiberias, after the conclusion of the Talmud. This view was regarded critically by some leading Torah scholars (see for instance: Shem HaGedolim by the Chida, Maarechet Sefarim, Tet, 6).
R. Eliyahu Bachur-Ashkenazi (1470-1549, Otzar HaRabbanim 2069), was an Italian scholar and leading grammarian. He is named after his book "HaBachur", and authored many other compositions on grammar, including HaTishbi and the books here.
[180] leaves (22 gatherings of 8 leaves, and a gathering of 4 leaves); [5] leaves; 109 pages. 15 cm. Good condition. Stains. New bindings.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 26

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Sefer HaTishbi – Isny, 1541 – First Edition

Sefer HaTishbi, Opusculum Recens Hebraicum, lexicon of Hebrew words, by the grammarian R. Eliyahu HaLevi Ashkenazi (R. Eliyahu Bachur). Isnae (Isny, Germany): [Paulus Fagius], 1541. First edition.
Hebrew and Latin on facing pages. The Hebrew text is vocalized. Latin title page and introduction. On the last page is the colophon and device of the printer Paulus Fagius.
[8], 275, 269-271, [5] pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains. Handwritten Latin signature and glosses. Contemporary leather binding; spine restored.
Another edition of Tishbi was printed in Isny that same year, with the Hebrew text only, see Kedem Auction 40, item 336.
A different Latin edition appears in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, listing 0110328, in which the book begins with [24] pages, including additional poems in Latin and in Hebrew and a Hebrew title page. This copy has originally only [8] pages, of the Latin title page and introduction.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 27

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Sefer Michlol – Venice, 1545

Sefer Michlol, grammar of the Holy Tongue, by R. David Kimchi – the Radak, with explanations by R. Eliyahu Ashkenazi (HaBachur). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1545.
Comprised of three "gates" (sections): Gate of Grammar of Verbs, Gate of Grammar of Nouns and Gate of Grammar of Words.
69 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Dark stains to a few leaves. Slight worming to the last leaves. Old cloth binding. Bookplate.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 28

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Sefer HaShorashim – Venice, 1546 – Daniel Bomberg Press

Sefer HaShorashim, the second part of the Michlol by R. David Kimchi (the Radak). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1546.
Ownership inscription at the top of the title page: "Natan Daniel son of R. Yosef Yochanan Kahana from Sighet, Maramureş in Hungary".
143, [1] leaves. 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to the title page and other places. Inner margins of the title page and other leaves are reinforced with adhesive tape, not affecting text. Fine new binding. Bookplate.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 29

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Sefer HaShorashim – Venice, 1546-1548 – Justinian Press

Sefer HaShorashim, roots of the Holy Tongue, by R. David Kimchi (the Radak) with explanations by R. Eliyahu Bachur. Venice: Justinian, 1546-1548.
Deleted ownership inscription on the title page: "Mine, Menachem Moscato, son of… Moshe Moscato".
[2] pages, 5-548 columns, [1] page. 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to title page and other pages. Marginal creases and tears to the title page, some repaired, not affecting the border. Worming to the last page. Ink stains on several pages. Original parchment binding, with damage. Bookplate.
The title page is dated Marcheshvan 1546, but this edition was completed in Adar 1548, as is written in R. Eliyahu Bachur's poem at the end of the book.
The title page is without Latin text, as in the variant recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 30

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Ralbag Commentary on the Torah – Venice, 1547

Commentary on the Torah, by R. Levi son of Gershom. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1547.
Several notes in Italian script, some of them trimmed. On leaf 2 a deleted signature appears: "…Avraham…". The following stamp appears on several leaves: "Torah V'Chaim Rabbinical Seminary in Morocco, Tangier". Censorship signatures on the last leaves.
6, 9-248 leaves. 29 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Stains to some of the leaves. Worming to several leaves, some slightly affecting the text. New binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 31

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Ohel Moed – Venice, 1548 – Signature of Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Modon, Author of Kol Mussar

Ohel Moed, a thesaurus of synonyms, by R. Shlomo of Urbino. Venice: Justinian, [1548].
Signature on the title page: "Shimshon Kohen Modon". Gloss on p. 10b, presumably in his handwriting.
R. Shimshon son of Yaakov Shimshon HaKohen Modon (1679-1727) was one of the Torah scholars of Mantua and a disciple of R. Yehuda Briel. He authored Kol Mussar (Mantua, 1725) and other works.
Censors' signatures on the verso of the last page.
[2], 118 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming, almost not affecting text. Old binding. Bookplate.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 32

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Bechinat Olam with Bakashat HaMemin – Ferrara, 1551

Bechinat Olam, ethical and philosophical poetry, by R. Yedaiah (HaPenini) ben Avraham Bedersi. Ferrara: Shmuel ibn Ascara HaTzarfati, [1551]. First edition with the commentaries of R. Moshe ibn Habib, and with a commentary to Bakashat HaMemin by R. Yosef Frances.
Signatures on the title page: "Belongs to me the young… Azubib"; "Nehorai Azubib" (prominent rabbi in Algiers, died 1785).
The book is comprised of ethical lessons in poetic format regarding this world and the world to come. Bakashat HaMemin is a poetic prayer with all words beginning with the letter Mem.
R. Yedaiah HaPenini Bedersi (ca. 1270-1340) was a poet, doctor and philosopher from Béziers in Provence, France. He considered himself a disciple of the Rambam and he wrote enthusiastically in his favor during the great debate regarding the study of philosophy. (His responsa were published in the Rashba's responsa, chapter 418).
122, 13 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming in several places. Restored title page with slight damage. Restoration of worming and small tears on other pages. Elegant leather binding, new.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 33

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Tzeda LaDerech – First Edition – Ferrara, 1554

Tzeda LaDerech, by R. Menachem son of Aharon ibn Zerach. Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque, [1554]. First edition.
A comprehensive composition by R. Menachem ibn Zerach, a Spanish scholar in the 14th century and disciple of R. Yehuda son of the Rosh, covering all the year-round laws and customs. The lengthy preface contains many important details relating to the Tosafists and Rishonim and about the author's time. The author writes that his book is geared to "members of His Majesty the King's court… [who] due to the turbulences of the time and desire for luxuries… become lax in their fulfillment of Mitzvot…".
The last leaf bears the printer's device and a colophon: "The work of Heaven was completed here in Ferrara in the house of the illustrious Abraham ibn Usque".
Several glosses. Censor deletions on one leaf.
[13], 32, [3], 38-75, [213] leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy). 20.5 cm. Page size varies. Fair condition. Many leaves replaced from other copies. A detached leaf at the beginning of the book. Stains. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. Worming, affecting text. Tears. Worming and tears to approx. last 10 leaves, repaired with adhesive tape (damage also to last leaf with printer's device). New leather binding.
In this copy, as most copies, leaves 33-37 containing a commentary to Birkat HaMinim (blessing on the heretics), were omitted for censorship reasons, and replaced with three unpaginated leaves containing an abridged version [see article of Yitzchak Rivkind, Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume, New York, 1950, Hebrew vol., p. 416; and article of S. Hasida, Birkat HaMinim in Sefer Tzeda LaDerech, Moriah, Tishrei 2012, pp. 15-17].
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 34

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Responsa of the Rosh – Venice, 1552 / Responsa of the Radvaz – Livorno, 1652 – Signatures of Rabbi Eliyahu Lumbroso

Two books bound together:
Responsa of the Rosh. Venice: Alvise Bragadin, 1552.
Bound first: Responsa of the Radvaz - R. David ben Zimra. Livorno, [1652]. First edition.
The title page of Responsa of the Rosh contains a signed ownership inscriptions of Eliyahu Lumbroso and Yosef son of R. Yaakov ibn Amram. The price of the book: "Half a groschen", appears at the top of the title page.
The title page of Responsa of the Radvaz contains another ownership inscription of Eliyahu Lumbroso.
Additional signatures of R. Eliyahu Lumbroso appear on p. 1a of Responsa of the Radvaz and on p. 14a of Responsa of the Rosh.
R. Eliyahu Lumbroso was a Tunisian scholar around the beginning of the 19th century. He is known as the copyist of several manuscripts. See: Malchei Tarshish, p. 207.
Stamps of: "Yitzchak Isaac Stern dayan and posek of… [Miskolc]".
Two books bound together. Responsa of the Radvaz: [6], 100 leaves (leaf [3] bound before leaf [4]). Responsa of the Rosh: 158 leaves. 29 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains, dampstains. Tears to several leaves. Worming, affecting text in some places. Title page of Responsa of the Radvaz torn and lacking, repaired. Old binding, damaged.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 35

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Sefer HaAruch – Venice, 1553

Sefer HaAruch, glossary of difficult Talmudic vocabulary, in alphabetical order, by R. Natan son of Yechiel of Rome, with references by R. Shmuel Archivolti. Venice: Bragadin, [1553].
Ownership inscription on the title page: "Shimshon Havilio".
166 leaves. 29 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Worming, some restored. Title page mounted on paper for strengthening. Damage to title page and other leaves. New binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 36

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Tashbetz – Cremona, 1556 – First Edition

Tashbetz, rulings and customs of the Maharam of Rothenburg. [Cremona]: Vincenzo Conti, [1556]. First edition.
Title page illustrated with a fine engraving.
On the verso of the last leaf, an ancient inscription records the sale of the book: "Today, Wednesday, 2nd Iyar 1581… Meir son of Yaakov purchased from me this book of responsa and I received from him its worth. May he and his descendants merit to study from it and acquire more books. So says ---" (the names of the seller and buyer are deleted).
[6], 55 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor damage to several leaves. Upper margins of a few leaves are trimmed on text border, slightly affecting the headings. New leather binding. Wear and damage to the binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 37

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Tzri HaYagon – Cremona, 1557

Tzri HaYagon, ethics and philosophy, by R. Shem Tov ben Joseph ibn Falaquera (including glosses by R. Shaul son of Shimon). Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, [1557]. First edition.
The title page states: "This book has the power to rid the soul of anguish as the five grains satisfy the body from hunger".
20 leaves. Page size varies. Title page and several subsequent leaves replaced from another copy. Good condition. Stains and minor damage. (Owner's signatures in early handwriting: "Avraham Albersweiler"). New cloth binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 38

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Or Einayim – Cremona, 1557 – Glosses – Handwritten Inscription by Rabbi Zundel of Salant

Or Einayim, on the topic of the Final Redemption and Mashiach, "the superiority of Israel and the good in store for the future", by R. Shlomo son of Avraham Peniel. Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, 1557.
Numerous glosses in early Ashkenazic handwriting (17th century; most consist of a summary of the topic discussed in that page or paragraph).
Stamps of "Beit HaMidrash Menachem Tzion in the Churva of R. Yehuda HaChassid, Jerusalem". An inscription appears on leaf 32 in the handwriting of R. Yosef Zundel of Salant: "L'Midrash Menachem Tzion".
The same page contains the signature of R. "David Tevele son of R. Shlomo Rabbi of London" – R. David Tevele Berlin of Gąbin and Jerusalem, son of R. Shlomo Rabbi of Prenzlau and London, and grandson of R. Tzvi Hirsh Rabbi of Berlin. See item 315.
32 leaves. 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness. Damage and repaired tears to the title page and last leaf. The title page seems to be replaced from a different copy. New half-leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 39

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Sefer Keritot – Cremona, 1557

Sefer Keritot, Talmudic methodology, by R. Shimshon of Chinon. Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, [1557].
Second edition with corrections. The publisher writes on the title page that the previous edition (Constantinople, 1516) was flawed, and the current edition is corrected and emended.
The title page contains ownership inscriptions: "Acquired with my money in my youth from Musa Chacham, I, Yosef ben Suleiman"; "The young Matloob Rachamim Mordechai"; "In the memory of Chacham… Ezra Chaim Matloob Rachamim".
73 leaves. 21 cm. Wide margins. Good-fair condition. Light-colored, high-quality paper. Stains. Worming, partially repaired. Signs of past dampness to some of the leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 40

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Even Bochen – Cremona, 1558

Even Bochen, ethics and laws of proper behavior, by R. Kalonymus son of Kalonymus. Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, 1558.
Censor's signature on the last leaf.
32 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains. Markings within the text. Minor worming to last leaves, repaired. Old binding, detached. Damage to binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 41

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Responsa of Maharam Alashkar – Sabbioneta, 1554 – First Edition

Responsa of R. Moshe Alashkar. Sabbioneta: Cornelio Adelkind for Tobias Foa, 1554. First edition.
Several brief handwritten notes. The title page bears the signature (within the words "She'elot U'Tshuvot"): "Yeshua son of R. ---". A trimmed signature appears on leaf 6: "Mine, Yeshu---, I acquired it… and cursed is the one who steals it".
The last leaf bears the printer's device of Tobias Foa.
199, [1] leaves. 19.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains. Dampstains to some leaves. Worming and tears to the first and last leaves, professionally restored. Old binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 42

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Tur Even HaEzer – Sabbioneta, 1553 – First Edition with Beit Yosef – Glosses

Tur Even HaEzer, with Beit Yosef. [Sabbioneta]: Tobias Foa, [1553].
First edition with the Beit Yosef commentary by R. Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch. Printed in the lifetime of the author.
The Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah sections were printed earlier in Venice, in 1550 [by Justinian] and 1551 [by Bragadin], and the Choshen Mishpat section was printed later, also by Tobias Foa in Sabbioneta, in 1559.
Marginal notes in early Sephardic script, most trimmed.
Incomplete copy. 2-19, 21-231 leaves. Originally: 232 leaves. Lacking title page, last leaf and leaf 20 (last leaf of the indexes. First and last leaf were replaced with photocopies). Leaves 119-120 were bound after leaf 139. 32 cm. Fair condition. Stains, signs of past dampness and wear. Worming, affecting text in some places. Detached sections. Repairs. Marginal tear (repaired) to bottom of leaf 230, affecting text. New binding, detached.
I. Sonne (Kiryat Sefer, 7, 1930, p. 484) notes typographic differences on leaf 74 of this edition. This book is the variant with 59 lines on p. 74a. See enclosed material.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 43

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Tur Choshen Mishpat – First Edition with Beit Yosef – Sabbioneta, 1559

Tur Choshen Mishpat, with Beit Yosef. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, 1559. First edition with the Beit Yosef commentary by R. Yosef Karo (author of the Shulchan Aruch).
The title page contains various ownership inscriptions in Italian script (most of the names of the signees are erased). Two scholarly marginal notes in Italian script. Censor deletions. Censorship inscription and signature on the last page, dated 1607.
332 leaves. 38 cm. Thick, high-quality paper. Condition varies, most of the leaves in excellent condition. Stains. Slight worming. Mold stains to the last leaves, with wear affecting margins of the last leaf. The top corner of the title page is cut (lacking). Contemporary leather binding (Italy), rubbed and slightly damaged.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 44

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Pardes Rimonim – Sabbioneta, 1554 / Birchot Maharam – Riva De Trento, 1559

Two incomplete copies of books printed in Italy:
1. Pardes Rimonim, on Talmudic Aggadot, by R. Shem Tov ibn Shaprut. [Sabbioneta]: Tobias Foa, [1554]. First edition.
Censor deletions on two leaves. Handwritten inscriptions. Leaf [7] contains a signature: "Shmuel Sanguini" (this name appears amongst the signatures of the company of the Kabbalist R. Eliezer Nachman Foa of Venice, in the preface to his book Midrash BeChidush, Venice 1641).
2-51, [1] leaves. Originally: 51, [1] leaves. Lacking title page and bottom half of the last leaf with printer's device (replaced with photocopies). Bound out of sequence. 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, some dark and large. Worming affecting text. New binding.
2. Birchot Maharam, laws of blessings over food, by the Maharam of Rothenburg. [Riva De Trento, 1559]. Only edition.
2-18 leaves. Originally: 18 leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy). 15 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Several handwritten inscriptions. Worming and tears with loss to text (the leaves were professionally restored). Mold stains. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 45

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Toaliyot HaRalbag – Riva de Trento, 1560 – First Edition

Toaliyot HaRalbag, in the order of the five books of the Torah and Neviim Rishonim, by R. Levi son of Gershon. Riva de Trento: [Antonio Bruin], 1560. First edition.
In his commentaries on the Torah and Neviim, the Ralbag wrote the lesson and moral learnt from each verse and section. This book is a compilation of all the morals which the Ralbag included in his commentaries to Torah and Neviim Rishonim.
A Latin inscription (censorship authorization) appears on the title page, dated 1613.
40; 27 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Minor wear to some leaves. Worming affecting text to approx. first 20 leaves. Early binding, damaged.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 46

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Biurim by Rabbi Yisrael Isserlein – Riva de Trento, 1562 – Signature of Rabbi Netanel Weil, Author of Korban Netanel

Supercommentary to Rashi on the Five Books of the Torah, by R. Yisrael Isserlein. Riva de Trento: [Jacob Marcaria, 1562].
The top of the blank page, p. 23a, bears an owner's signature (slightly faded): "…Netanel Weil". This appears to be the signature of the great Torah scholar R. Netanel Weil, author of Korban Netanel.
R. Netanel Weil (1687-1769, Otzar HaRabbanim 16479) was a descendant of the Maharam of Rothenburg and R. Yaakov Weil – the Mahariv, and a leading Torah scholar and posek of his times. His father was murdered in a pogrom which took place in his city when he was five years old. At the age of ten, his mother sent him to Prague, where he became a prominent disciple of R. Avraham Broda, the rabbi of the city. After his teacher's demise, he succeeded him in delivering lectures to the disciples of his yeshiva in Prague (together with R. Yehonatan Eybeschutz). Following the expulsion of the Jews from Prague, he was appointed rabbi of Mühringen, Schwarzwald, and later of Karlsruhe and the region. He is especially famed for his comprehensive composition on the Rosh - Korban Netanel, later printed in editions of the Shas. During the course of his lifetime, he was forced to wander extensively, enduring tribulations and even facing mortal danger, yet he was miraculously saved several times. During his funeral, the participants' way was allegedly miraculously shortened (kefitzat haderech), this is hinted to in the epitaph upon his tombstone.
24 leaves. 17 cm. Fair condition. Large tear with loss to the center of the title page (repaired and replaced with a photocopy. On the verso, half the page is replaced with a photocopy). Title page trimmed affecting title border. Stains. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. Worming affecting text. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 47

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Shoresh Yishai – By Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz, Author of Lecha Dodi – Constantinople, 1561 – First Edition

Shoresh Yishai, commentary on Megillat Ruth, by R. Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz - author of Lecha Dodi. Constantinople: Solomon ibn Usque, [1561]. First edition, printed in the author's lifetime.
Corrections and deletions in Italian script on one leaf. Several censor deletions.
Ownership inscription in the margin of the title page: "Belongs to the wealthy R. Zusman Yavetz of Kolno, Łomża" (father of writer and historian Zev Yavetz).
96 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. High-quality, thick paper. Stains. Stains and light wear to the title page and a few other leaves. Slight worming to inner margins in several places, repaired. New binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 48

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Meir Iyov – Riva di Trento-Venice, 1562-1567

Meir Iyov, commentary to the Book of Iyov (including the text of Iyov), by R. Meir son of R. Yitzchak Arama. [Riva di Trento]-Venice: Antonio Bruin and Giorgio di Cavali, [1562-1567].
The book was printed in two places. The gatherings of the first half of the book were printed in Riva di Trento, 1562, while the gatherings of the second half were printed in Venice, 1567 (perceptible differences in the typeface and typography of the pages). There are variations between different copies as to the first gathering. In this copy, the first gathering (including the title page) was printed in Venice (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 182214 and no. 182224). The title page contains the line: "Corrected by Vittorio Eliano…", which was omitted from most copies.
Ownership inscriptions in several places of "the young Shlomo de Medina". Birth inscription on the last leaf in Yemenite script from [ca. 1770].
124 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor worming and slight damage. Inscriptions. Last leaf repaired. New half-leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 49

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Midrash Tanchuma – Mantua, 1563

Tanchuma, called Yelamdenu, a Midrash on the Five Books of the Torah. Mantua: Giacomo Ruffinelli, 1563.
This edition was arranged by R. Ezra of Fano, with the addition of new sections of the Midrash, which were not printed in the Constantinople and Venice editions preceding it. All subsequent editions were based on this edition (see: Shlomo Buber, Mevo HaTanchuma, Chapter 14, pp. 163-180).
106 leaves. 29.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Tears (repaired) to the title page (top left corner repaired with pieces of paper) affecting the border and the text on the verso. Printer's note at the bottom of p. 71b slightly trimmed. A few inscriptions and marks. Minor damage. Old binding with early leather spine. Wear and damage to the binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Menorat HaMaor – Mantua, 1563

Menorat HaMaor, by R. Yitzchak Aboab. Revised edition "according to expert scribes and based on an old and correct manuscript". Mantua: Efraim son of Isaac, Meir son of Moses Heilpron of Venice and Meir son of Efraim of Padua, 1563. Third edition.
The title page contains ownership inscriptions: "This book is mine, the young Avraham HaKohen"; "Eliyahu Kohen"; "This book is from the Yeshiva of the wealthy and pious Eliyahu HaKohen". Several glosses and inscriptions.
116 leaves. Large tear with significant loss to leaf 113. 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears (repaired), damage and worming to title page and several more leaves. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to many leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Meor Einayim by Rabbi Azaria de Rossi – First Edition – Mantua, 1574 – Banned Immediately after Publishing

Meor Einayim, by R. Azaria de Rossi (min HaAdumim). Mantua, 1574.
Divided into three parts: Kol Elokim (account of the earthquake in Ferrara in 1570), Hadrat Zekenim (about the Septuagint) and Imrei Bina (various essays and homilies).
R. Azaria de Rossi (1512-1578, Otzar HaRabbanim 16731) was an Italian scholar, proficient in Torah and science. His book Meor Einayim was banned by Italian rabbis immediately after its publishing, having found it containing teachings opposing tradition and disrespectful to the words of Chazal. The book was brought before R. Yosef Karo – the Beit Yosef, who ordered the book to be banned, yet the ban was never applied. The Maharal sharply criticizes the book and his book Be'er HaGolah was reputedly written in response to this book (despite the book's negative standing, there are authors who quote it and the Sdei Chemed endorses them, writing that the fact the Beit Yosef's ban was never applied is a sign from Heaven that the book is acceptable).
During the controversy over the book, a condition was made with R. Azaria that six leaves (52-53, 81-82, 87-88) containing unfit ideas must be replaced, and that he print and attach to his book the objection of R. Moshe Provençal to his words.
Dr. Mehlman writes on the endpaper that leaves 81-82 of the book are the original, non-replaced leaves. However, our research seems to show that in this copy, all the leaves are of the replacements (see enclosed photocopy). Two leaves of "objection" by R. Moshe Provençal were bound at the end of the book, followed by four leaves with the author's "response to the objection".
Three notes in early Oriental handwriting appear in the book. The top of the title page contains a (trimmed) signature: "…son of R. Yom Tov HaKohen". The subsequent leaf contains a stamp: "Who is hoping for salvation of G-d, Yisrael son of R. Yom Tov HaKohen". Additional signatures on the title page: "Chai Moshe Picciotto" (rabbi in Aleppo, author of VaYechal Moshe. Died 1816, see: Likdoshim Asher BaAretz, entry 452), signature of "Yehoshua Zorogon".
194 leaves. 21 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Repaired damage to first and last leaves. New half-parchment binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Mahalach Shvilei HaDaat – Mantua, 1578

Mahalach Shvilei HaDaat, grammar book by R. Moshe Kimchi, with a commentary by R. Eliyahu Bachur. Mantua, 1578.
[60] leaves. 14 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Traces of water damage. Title page nearly completely detached. Marginal creases to the title page. Contemporary leather binding, worn. Bookplate. Ownership inscriptions on the endpapers.

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She’elot U’Tshuvot MeHaGeonim – Mantua, 1597 – Signature of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Lehren of Amsterdam

She'elot U'Tshuvot MeHaGeonim (Gaonic responsa). Mantua: Solomon ben Samuel of Norzi, [1597].
An edited collection of responsa from the Geonim. Includes 400 brief responsa. Most questions relate to topics in Choshen Mishpat, while some concern laws of Even HaEzer. This is the third printing of this work, first printed in Constantinople in 1575, as stated on the title page.
The title page bears the signature: "HaTzvi Hirshel Lehren" – signature of R. Tzvi Hirsh Lehren (1784-1855), founder and head of the "Pekuam – Pekidim and Amarkalim of the Holy Cities" society, which centralized the raising of funds for Eretz Israel from all communities of Western and Central Europe, transferring them onwards to benefit the settlement in the Holy Land.
36 leaves. 18.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Tears to several leaves, repaired. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Five Incomplete Books – Printed in Turkey – 16th Century

Five incomplete books printed in Turkey in the 16th century:
1. Taamei HaMitzvot, by R. Menachem Recanati. [Constantinople: Eliezer Soncino, 1544]. First edition.
[95] leaves. Originally: [96] leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy). 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Last few leaves replaced from another copy. New binding.
2. Sefer Yuchasin, chronicle from Adam and order of Torah transmission, by R. Avraham Zacuto, with the letter of R. Sherira Gaon. [Constantinople: Brothers Solomon and Joseph Yavetz, 1566]. First edition.
[2-141], [144-160], [165-176] leaves. Originally: [176] leaves. Lacking 7 leaves (replaced with photocopies): title page, leaves [142-143] and [161-164]. Leaves bound out of sequence in several places. Leaf [3] was bound upside-down. 20 cm. Condition varies, fair. Thick paper. Stains. Worming and a few tears, roughly repaired. New leather binding.
3. Maamar Mordechai, commentary to Megillat Esther, by R. Shem Tov Melamed HaRoffe. Constantinople: Joseph son of Isaac Yavetz, [1585].
1, 4-72 leaves. Originally: 72 leaves. Leaves 2-3 are missing (replaced with photocopies). 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Worming affecting text. Signs of past dampness and mold stain to some leaves. New binding.
4. Igeret Shmuel, commentary to Megillat Ruth, by R. Shmuel Uceda. [Kuru Cesme (near Constantinople): Dona Reyna widow of Don Joseph Nasi by Joseph son of Isaac Ascaloni, 1597].
Leaf [3], [5-81], [84] leaves. Originally: [84] leaves. Lacking 5 leaves: [1-2], [4], [82-83]. Leaf [3] torn, detached and incomplete. 18.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Worming and tears affecting text, repaired with adhesive tape. Signs of past dampness and severe mold stains. New binding.
5. Minchat Kohen, composition on the topic of Mesorah, the proper spelling of words in the Torah, by R. Yosef son of Shneur HaKohen. [Kuru Cesme (near Constantinople): Dona Reyna widow of Don Joseph Nasi, 1597].
Fragments of the book. [13] out of the original [80] leaves. 13.5 cm. Poor condition. Stains and extensive wear. Severe worming. Large open tears. All the leaves were repaired with adhesive paper across the whole leaf. New binding.
5 books. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Four Books Printed in Venice – 1519-1607

Four books printed in Venice, in the years 1519-1607.
1. Likutei HaPardes, Halachic rulings of Rashi. [Venice]: Daniel Bomberg, [1519]. First edition.
[2]-[32] leaves. Lacking title page and last three leaves (replaced with photocopies). 23 cm. Poor condition. Stains. Worming. All leaves coated on both sides with adhesive paper (like lamination). Last leaves detached. New binding.
2. Birchat Avraham, disquisitions on the laws of blessings and handwashing, by R. Avraham Treves. [Venice]: Alvise Bragadin, [1552]. First edition.
3, 9-356 leaves. Lacking title page and leaves 2, 4-8, 357-361. Leaf 3 detached, with tear affecting text. Tear to leaf 9 affecting text. 20.5 cm. Condition varies, fair-poor. Stains and wear. Worming. Repairs. New binding.
3. Mar'ot HaTzoveot, commentary on Neviim Rishonim and Acharonim, by R. Moshe Alshech. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, [1603-1607]. First edition.
68; 62; 67-144 leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Tears to title page, repaired. Large tears to several leaves, affecting text. New binding.
4. Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, with Rashi's commentary. Venice: Giovanni di Gara, [1607].
The last two pages at the end of the book contain an index of Haftarot in early Yemenite script.
220, [1], [221]-450, 443-447 leaves. Lacking leaf 217. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Marginal tears to several leaves affecting text. Title page and leaves 2, 54 and 217 apparently replaced from another copy. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Responsa of the Maharshach – Salonika-Venice, 1586-1594 – First Edition – Handwritten Notes

Responsa of the Maharshach, by R. Shlomo HaKohen of Salonika. Salonika-Venice, [1586-1594]. First edition.
The three parts that were printed in the lifetime of the author, R. Shlomo HaKohen, known as the Maharshach (ca. 1520-1602), a leading Sephardi posek in the generation following the Beit Yosef, rabbi of the Castilian exiles in Salonika and one of the prominent rabbis of the town:
Part I – Salonika: David ben Abraham Azubib, 1586-1587. Part II – mostly printed in Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, 1592; with the addition of 29 leaves at the end printed concurrently by the author in Salonika, the same year. Part III – Salonika, 1594-1595. Parts I and III were originally printed without title pages. (Part IV of the responsa was printed after the author's passing, over a hundred years later).
The second volume contains lengthy notes (slightly trimmed) in Sephardic-Oriental script, by an anonymous writer. Three of the notes end with the acronym of: "By the rabbi, my master and father-in-law". More notes by other writers, one particularly lengthy (slightly trimmed). The title page of the second volume was replaced from another copy, and contains signatures of "the young Refael Piciotto" (a rabbi in Tiberias). A deleted signature appears at the end of the indexes of the first volume: "The young Refael son of R. Shlomo Fellous".
Three volumes. Part I: 244 leaves. 27 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming to several leaves, repaired. Large tears, dampness damage and mold stains to approx. 10 first leaves, affecting text. Part II: 181; 28, [1] leaves. 28 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming. Wear and damage to several leaves, repaired. Title page and several leaves at the end apparently replaced from other copies. Tear to title page affecting the title border. Tear to last leaf affecting text (replaced with photocopy). Part III: 2-126 leaves. Lacking first leaf (replaced with photocopy). 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, signs of past dampness. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Four Books Printed in Venice in the 16th–17th Centuries – Important Signatures

Four books printed in Venice in the 16th to early 17th centuries. Incomplete copies, with important and interesting signatures:
1. Recanati commentary on the Torah. [Venice]: Justinian, [1545]. Ownership inscription signed by R. Yaakov Tzulatz (a Tunisian scholar); signature of "E. Deinard" (Efraim Deinard).
2-234 leaves (originally 235 leaves, missing title page and last leaf).
2. Responsa of the Ralbach – R. Levi ibn Habib. [Venice, 1565]. First edition. Owner's signature on p. 16a in ancient Ashkenazi script (from the period of the printing): "Yosef Kohen of Port Rapa" (of the famous family of Kohanim: Rapa-port).
2-209, [1], 217-318, [1] leaves – copy missing 7 leaves at the beginning and 9 leaves at the end, originally: [6], 209, [1], 217-328 leaves.
3. Toldot Aharon, Index of biblical verses mentioned in the Talmud, Part 1. Venice: [Zuan (Giovanni) Di Gara] for Bragadin, 1591. Ownership stamps of R. David Yehuda Leib Zilberstein, Rabbi of Vac (who perished in the Holocaust, author of Yad David. Son and successor of R. Yeshaya Zilberstein, author of Maasai LaMelech).
84, 86-87 leaves. Several leaves are damaged, missing leaf 85 (originally: 87 leaves). Contemporary parchment binding, damaged.
4. Responsa of Rabbeinu Asher (the Rosh). Venice: Zanito Zanetti, 1607. Illustrated title page. Third edition with additions. Owners' signatures: "I, the young Tzemach Dora"; R. "Yosef son of R. Nehorai Azubib" (scholar and kabbalist, one of the Algerian sages of the 18th century, see Malchei Yeshurun, p. 31).
Missing leaves from the additions and indexes at the end. This copy contains 180 leaves + a detached gathering of 10 damaged leaves (2-11) of the index section completed from a different copy (originally: 180; 2; 11, [6] leaves).
4 books, size and condition vary. General condition: good to fair.

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Tur Orach Chaim with Beit Yosef – Venice, 1563 – Second Edition Printed in the Lifetime of the Author, Rabbi Yosef Karo

Tur Orach Chaim, with the Beit Yosef commentary, by R. Yosef Karo. Venice: Alvise Bragadin, 1563. Second edition printed in the lifetime of R. Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch.
The book was printed approximately ten years after the burning of the Talmud in Italy. The publisher of this edition, R. Menachem Porto HaKohen, mentions the burning in his foreword, and sees Divine Providence in the fact that the Beit Yosef, which contains the principal Talmudic topics, was being published specifically then (see: Avraham Yaari, Sreifat HaTalmud B'Italia – Mechkarei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, pp. 215-216).
Signatures and ownership inscriptions (including: "The young Yosef Chiya").
19; 436 leaves. 28 cm. Condition varies. Title page and approx. 10 subsequent leaves (indexes) and several leaves at the end of the book – very damaged (large tears affecting text, repaired), the rest of the leaves in overall good condition. Stains and wear. Worming to some leaves, slightly affecting text. Mold stains and signs of past dampness to several leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Mif’alot Elokim – Venice, 1592

Mif'alot Elokim, philosophical essays on the creation of the world and faith, by R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) Di Gara, [1592]. First edition.
The book was printed based on a manuscript belonging to the Rama of Fano, as the title page states.
Signatures on the title page (one partially trimmed): "…Samama", "Yehuda Samama". Word deletions and handwritten corrections on several leaves.
96 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and signs of past dampness. Wear to first leaves. Worming affecting text. Minor tears (repaired) to the title page and subsequent leaf. Stamps and inscriptions on the title page and several leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Yad Charutzim – Tekufot and Moladot – Venice, 1595

Yad Charutzim, by R. Avraham Tzahalon. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, [1595].
Charts and rules for calculations of tekufot and moladot, with charts containing "the months of Edom and Yishmael" and "the Christian months". A poem by the author appears on the verso of the title page.
17 leaves; [1 blank leaf]. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Light stains and wear. New binding.

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Shulchan Aruch – Even HaEzer – Venice, 1598 – Small Format

Shulchan Aruch – Part III, Even HaEzer. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, [1598].
Small format volume.
On the title page: "Shulchan Aruch of Tur Even HaEzer, for the elderly and the young, in a small volume so that it may be carried with them, to be studied anytime and anywhere, whether they rest or travel".
167, [1] leaves. 14.5 cm. Light-colored paper. Good condition. Minor stains. Tear (repaired) to leaf 164. Early parchment binding. Damage to the binding.

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Arugat HaBosem – Venice, 1602

Arugat HaBosem, Hebrew grammar book, by R. Shmuel Archivolti. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) Di Gara, 1602.
The title page is dated Elul 1602; the colophon states: "the completion of its printing… Kislev 1602".
Ownership inscriptions on the verso of the last page: "I, youngest of the young, Yaakov Astruc".
119, [2] leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Minor open tears (repaired) and damage to the title page. Worming, some repaired. New binding. Bookplate.

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Toldot Adam – Venice, 1605 – Rare Book

Toldot Adam, "Brief history… from Adam until the year of the burning of the books in Italy", by R. Shmuel Algazi. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, [1605].
Two halachic rulings by the author, R. Shmuel Algazi, appear at the end of the book, one "concerning shaking the lulav" (with an approbation on the ruling by the Rama of Fano, R. Ovadia Sforno and R. Tzion Francis), and the second on the topic of "using a pawn".
The Chida writes of the rarity of this book (Shem HaGedolim, under R. Shmuel Algazi): "A small booklet was printed in Venice entitled Toldot Adam in 1605… each generation and its scholars from 1583 upwards, and this booklet is rare…".
The title page bears the signatures: "Avraham ibn Danan", "Avraham ibn" (the second signature was interrupted). The ibn Danan family was a prominent Moroccan family. Several great Torah scholars bore this name, including R. Avraham ibn Danan who served as dayan together with the Yaavetz, R. Yehuda ben Attar and their colleagues.
14 [i.e. 16] leaves. 13 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Several places reinforced with paper. Early parchment binding.
Regarding the year of printing, see: Y. Yudlov, Sinai, 84, 1979, pp. 167-168.

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Shtei Yadot – Venice, 1618

Shtei Yadot, midrashim, prayers, piyyutim and more, by R. Menachem de Lonzano. Venice: Giovanni Cajon for Pietro and Lorenzo Bragadin, 1618.
The book is comprised of two sections – "two hands", each hand containing five "fingers". Includes many topics: Or Torah on the text of the Torah; midrashim; piyyutim, songs and prayer services; linguistics and philosophy; ethics, Jewish thought and more.
62, 65-76, 75-176 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to the first leaves. Marginal tears to the title page, repaired. Minor tears in a few places, without loss. Old binding, damaged, back detached.
Regarding this book and its author, see: Meir Wander, Toldot HaMechaber, at the beginning of Derech Chaim, Lviv 1931, pp. XVI-XXVIII; S.H. Kook, Midrash Agur, Kiryat Sefer, 28, 1952-1953, pp. 206-209 (Iyunim U'Mechkarim, 1, Jerusalem 1959, pp. 241-245).

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Sefer HaAruch – Basel, 1559

Sefer HaAruch, alphabetical glossary of difficult Talmudic vocabulary, by R. Natan ben Yechiel of Rome. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1559.
The title page bears early signatures and ownership inscriptions [Ashkenazic script, 17th century]: "My lips speak G-d's praises for meriting me to purchase this book with my money, Alexader son of R. Aharon HaKohen… Ferenbach"; another signature in a later script [ca. 18th-19th century]: "Michael Steinschneider". Several handwritten notes. The endpapers contain many pencil inscriptions of "indexes" to the book.
166 leaves. 29 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Worming, wear and tears (repaired) affecting text of the title page and other leaves. Worming. Fifteen leaves trimmed at the bottom, most on text border and some with damage to the last line of text. Old binding with early leather spine; damage to both.

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Rinat Dodim – Basel, 1600 – By Rabbi Eliyahu “Baal Shem”

Rinat Dodim, commentary to Song of Songs, by R. Eliyahu son of R. Moshe Loanz. Basel: Konrad Waldkirch, [1600].
R. Eliyahu Baal Shem of Loanz (1565-1636), studied in the yeshiva of the Maharal of Prague, dealt in Kabbalah and writing amulets. He came to Basel after leaving his community in Frankfurt am Main, and printed this book "since teachings written in a book are as if they were preached to many thousands" (as stated on the title page). Illustrations of faces appear on p. 18b within the commentary to the verse "Libavtini…".
Ownership inscriptions and signatures on the title page and last leaf ("Shmuel son of R. Yehuda Leib Bacharach", "Akiva David Seitelblum, Kraków"). Trimmed gloss on leaf 1.
[1], 30 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Slightly darkened paper. Stains. Minor worming, repaired. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Sefer Yuchasin – Kraków, 1580-1581

Sefer Yuchasin, chronicle from Adam and order of Torah transmission, by R. Avraham Zacuto. Appended: Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon; the fourth Maamar of the book Yesod Olam by R. Yitzchak Israeli; printed glosses of R. Moshe Isserles (the Rama) and Seder Olam Zuta. Kraków: [Isaac ben Aaron Prostitz], 1580-1581.
Second edition. Leaves 5-7 (genealogy from Adam to Avraham) were added in this edition. Leaves 155-156 contain selections from Orchot Olam by R. Avraham Farissol. On p. 156b: "These are the words of R. Moshe Isserles: The order of the Torah transmission which I have copied from the book Yesod Olam… and in each place I added something, I wrote 'Hagah'…". Most of the subsequent editions of this book were based on this edition.
On the verso of leaf 7 of this copy, the following passage was printed: "Found in an ancient book: The Book of Bereshit, from the creation of the world until the death of Yosef, 2680 years. The Book of Shemot, from the death of Yosef until the setting up of the Tabernacle, 124 years… [and further calculations of dates]". This passage ends with: "Until here are things which were added to the book, henceforth is the content of the book itself". The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book maintains that in most copies this page is blank, and some copies have a piece of paper pasted on containing the above passage. In this copy, it appears that this passage was originally printed on this page, then covered up with a piece of blank paper, which was later scraped off to reveal the printed passage.
Slightly trimmed gloss in Ashkenazic script on p. 47a.
Copy lacking end. 165 leaves (originally: 168 leaves. Lacking last three leaves). Leaf [40] was bound out of sequence, between leaves 37-[38]. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness. Tear and wear to title page. Worming to some leaves. Fine leather binding, with worming.

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Olelot Efraim – First Edition – Lublin, 1590 – Early Signatures and Ownership Inscriptions – Copy Belonging to a Martyr of the Khmelnytsky Pogroms

Olelot Efraim, homilies for Festivals and ethics, by R. Efraim of Luntschitz (Łęczyca), parts I-IV. Lublin: Kalonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, [1590]. First edition.
Early signatures and inscriptions appear on the title page and its verso (most in early script from the time of the printing, ca. early 17th century), including: "Pesach son of R. Aryeh Leib Palembaum"; "My acquisition, Yehuda also called Yeidel Meisels of Prague"; "…R. Itzek"; and other signatures and inscriptions, on the title page and in other places.
At the end of the indexes (p. 4b of the last pagination), an interesting inscription appears, testifying that the book belonged to the martyr R. Aharon Binyamin Beinush, victim of the Khmelnytsky Pogroms in Szczebrzeszyn: "This Olelot Efraim is a relic from my son the martyr, murdered during the riots in Szczebrzeszyn, Cheshvan 1648, together with other martyrs, and he was named HaChaver R. Aharon Binyamin Beinush, may his blood be avenged together with that of the other pious martyrs, oy! Woe to me for my sins". (Regarding the massacres in Ostroh and Szczebrzeszyn of October 1648, R. Meir of Szczebrzeszyn writes in his book Tzuk HaItim, Krakow 1650, p. [19]: "When the king sat on the throne of his kingdom, in Cheshvan 1648 of the first year of his reign, the rebel returned to his estate… the few people of Ostroh who remained… and they murdered the Jews of the town twice, and their blood flowed like rivulets of water… in Szczebrzeszyn the houses are not burnt, and some two thousand prominent Jews were killed there…").
The holy author of Olelot Efraim, the kabbalist R. Shlomo Efraim of Luntschitz (d. 1619), was the rabbi and yeshiva dean of Prague (together with the Shelah). He was one of the leading Torah scholars of his generation, a disciple of the Maharshal of Lublin and the Maharal of Prague. He composed: Kli Yakar, Ir Giborim, Amudei Shesh and more. His work Olelot Efraim is most renowned, frequently quoted in homiletic and Chassidic books.
108, 108-109, 200-209, 300-341, 142-154, [1], 10 leaves. Lacking last two leaves (originally: 108, 108-109, 200-209, 300-341, 142-154, [1], 12 leaves). 29 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Signs of past dampness. Minor worming. Marginal tears to some leaves. Tears and wear to the title page (repaired). One detached leaf. Old binding, front detached, without spine.

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Tzemach David – Prague, 1592 – First Edition – Fine Original Leather Binding

Tzemach David, Jewish and general chronicle, by R. David Ganz. Prague, 1592. First Edition.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part outlines the "early generations… prophets, Tanaim, Amoraim, Savoraim, Geonim and great rabbis until our times 1592…". The second part contains: "Things… which were done… of all the emperors who ruled from Julius Caesar the First… until the times of our master the exalted Emperor Rudolph…".
The first edition was printed in the lifetime of the author, R. David Ganz (1541-1613), who was a prominent scholar in his time in Torah and science, and a disciple of the Rema and the Maharal of Prague. At the end of Part I, he writes about the Torah leaders of his generation – his teacher the Maharal and R. Mordechai Yoffe, author of the Levush – in their lifetime. This book, which is in fact the first history book in Hebrew, was very popular, and was published in many editions, including one in Latin.
In the second part, fine crown ornaments were printed above the names of some of the Christian kings.
The endpapers contain ownership inscriptions. Two notes in early Ashkenazic script appear in the book.
Stamps on the title page and other leaves of: "Daniel son of R. A." – the famous and wealthy R. Daniel Yoffe (Itzig) of Berlin (1723-1799), head community leader of Berlin and all Prussian communities from 1764 until his passing in 1799. Known as a book and manuscript collector, he founded in his home a library and study hall for rabbis and scholars to come learn by him, and even supported them financially. R. Yosef Teumim, the Pri Megadim, composed most of his books in the house of R. Daniel Yoffe in Berlin, and he mentions and acknowledges him in the prefaces of his books.
64, [6], 124 leaves. 19 cm. Overall good condition. Darkened leaves. Stains. Tears and wear to several leaves. Fine, original ornamented leather binding, with damage.

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Tal Orot – Prague, 1615 – First Edition

Tal Orot, treatises on the 39 activities prohibited on Shabbat, by R. Shaul son of R. David "Rabbi in Russia". Prague: "Avraham Heide known as Avram Lemberger", [1615]. First edition. Approbations from the Shlah, the Maharsha and the Kli Yakar.
A composition in rhyme on the 39 activities prohibited on Shabbat, with commentary and scholarly expansions (all by the author). The body of the poem is printed in the center of each page, surrounded by the commentary. At the head of each page is a poetic title related to the contents of that page.
The Chida writes in Shem HaGedolim: "Book… deliberating the teachings of the early sages; somewhat rare…".
Stamps, signatures and ownership inscriptions.
3; 1-70, 73, [1] leaves. Lacking leaves 71-72, replaced with two handwritten leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Some detached leaves. Old binding, partially detached.

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Levush HaTechelet and Levush HaChur – Prague, 1609 – Incomplete Copy

Levush HaTechelet and Levush HaChur, on Orach Chaim, by R. Mordechai Yoffe. Prague: R. Moshe son of R. Yosef Betzalel Katz, [1609?].
Incomplete copy. The title page of this book does not state the year of printing and is graphically different from the title pages of the other parts which were printed in Prague that year. The bottom of the title page contains the following inscription in early Ashkenazic script: "Printed in the year 'Mordechai Yoffe' which is 1609, see end" (it is unclear what the writer meant by "see end"). The body of the book matches the Prague 1609 edition, yet many missing leaves were replaced from a copy of a different edition (apparently also printed in Prague). The title page may also be a replacement from a different edition, or a variant of the 1609 edition.
Ownership inscriptions on the back endpaper.
1, 6-26, 28-42, 45-76, 78-81, 83-89, 91-92, 94-242, 245, 247 leaves. Lacking leaves 2-5, 27, 43-44, 77, 82, 90, 93, 243-244, 246. Altogether lacking 14 leaves (most of the missing leaves were replaced from a copy of a different edition apparently also printed in Prague). 28 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Title page and other leaves detached. Large tears to several leaves affecting text. Original leather binding, damaged. Torn spine. Back cover detached.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 72

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Levush – Venice, 1620 – Complete Set

Sifrei HaLevushim, by R. Mordechai Yoffe. Four parts: Levush HaTechelet and Levush HaChur – on Orach Chaim; Levush Ateret Zahav – on Yoreh De'ah; Levush HaButz VehaArgaman – on Even HaEzer; Levush Ir Shushan – on Choshen Mishpat. Venice: Giovanni Cajon for Bragadini, 1620.
Four parts in three volumes. Complete set.
At the beginning of the Orach Chaim section is an introduction by the proofreader, R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. Approbations from eight Venetian rabbis, R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena and others, are found at the end of the Even HaEzer section.
Inscriptions and signatures. On the title page of Levush HaButz VehaArgaman and on the subsequent leaf, signatures of "Uziel Alhayik" (the great scholar R. Uziel Alhayik, prominent Tunisian rabbi, author of Mishkenot HaRo'im, Livorno 1860, and other works). Inscriptions appear on the title page of Levush HaTechelet: "L'Midrash R. Netanel Lisbona", "…Meir Lisbona" (similar inscriptions appear on leaf 10), and additional signatures. The verso of the title page contains a copying in Sephardic script of passages from a composition on leap years and Moladot. Familial inscriptions on p. 2b in early Italian script. On the verso of the title page of Levush Ir Shushan, an inscription in early Italian script recording the passing of "R. Uri Canton" on Kislev 11, 1639.
Vol. I (Orach Chaim and Choshen Mishpat): 200, [2]; 162, [2] leaves. 35 cm. Condition varies, overall fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming, repaired in several places. Marginal tear (repaired) to first title page not affecting text or border. Leaves 140-141 apparently replaced from different copies. Vol. II (Yoreh De'ah): 148, [2] leaves. 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming to some leaves, repaired. Vol. III (Even HaEzer): 87 leaves. 31.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Repairs in several places. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Responsa Torat Emet (Mahara Sasson) – Venice, 1626

Torat Emet, responsa of Mahara Sasson, by R. Aharon Sasson. Venice: Gioanne Calleoni, 1626. First edition.
Signatures on the title page: "Emmanuel Shalem", "Yeshaya Estrosa".
Several notes in Oriental script, most of them trimmed.
116, 119-[222], [12] leaves. 27.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Dark ink stains on two leaves. Signs of past dampness. Worming, mainly to the title page, first and last few leaves. Repaired tears to the title page, affecting the border. Tears to a few other leaves. Old binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 74

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Five Books of the Torah – Salonika, 1520

Five books of the Torah with Targum Onkelos, Rashi's and Ramban's commentaries. [Salonika: Yehuda Gedalia and sons, 1520].
Four volumes.
Tosafot of Rashi on Parshat VaYechi were printed on p. 132b (end of Bereishit). On p. 246b [i.e. 248b] (end of Shemot), Maaseh Eifod L'Rashi appears (a different version to the one printed inside). On pp. 329-330 (end on Vayikra), six Toseftot on Sefer Bereishit (sections of midrashic translation) were printed, one entitled "[Targum] Yerushalmi" and the rest "Tosefta".
Stamps: "The books of R. Avraham Chaim Adadi's Yeshiva, the young Shaul Adadi". On leaf 9 of the first volume, signature: "Avraham Chaim Adadi" (one of the scholars of Tripoli and Safed. Author of HaShomer Emet, VaYikra Avraham and more).
Vol. I - Bereishit: 9-11, 13-18, 26-132 leaves. In this volume, leaves 1-8, 12 and 18-25 are missing. Altogether lacking 17 leaves (originally printed without title page). Vol. II - Shemot: 133-246 leaves. Vol. III - Vayikra: 247-259, 252-[330] leaves. Vol. IV - Bamidbar-Devarim: [331]-498, [7] leaves (mispaginated). The last leaf of the colophon is lacking.
27 cm. Overall fair condition. Condition varies across the volumes and the leaves. Stains and wear. Worming, repaired in some places. Tears and holes, affecting the text in some places, repaired with paper. Several leaves replaced from other copies. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 75

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Tehillim with the Radak Commentary – Salonika, 1522

Tehillim with the commentaries of Radak and R. Yosef Hayun. [Salonika: Judah Gedalia, 1522].
Signature at the top of one leaf: "… the young Avraham".
Incomplete copy. [127] leaves, out of [218] leaves of the book of Tehillim. Lacking 91 leaves (title page and other leaves throughout the book). All the lacking leaves were replaced with photocopies. Originally printed with Mishlei, with a separate title page, not included in this volume. 28 cm. Fair condition. Several leaves in fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Damage and tears affecting text, repaired and replaced with photocopies. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 76

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Five Books of the Torah, with Rashi, Ramban and Ibn Ezra Commentaries – Including Haftarot and Five Megillot – Constantinople, 1522

Five books of the Torah, with Targum Onkelos, the Rashi, Ramban and Ibn Ezra commentaries; Haftarot for Shabbat and Festivals, with the Radak commentary; and Five Megillot, with the Ibn Ezra commentary. [Constantinople: Samuel son of David Nachmias, 1522].
Two large volumes. The text of the Torah occupies the center of the page, with Targum Onkelos at its side; the Rashi and "Nachmani" (Ramban) commentaries are on both sides of the page and the Ibn Ezra commentary appears at the bottom of the page. The Rashi and Radak commentaries are printed in the Haftarot section and the Rashi and Ibn Ezra commentaries are printed in the Megillot section.
These five books of Torah were printed concurrently in two editions, one with the Haftarot according to the Sephardi rite, and the second, with the Romaniote rite Haftarot. In this set, the first volume contains the Haftarot for Bereshit through Vayikra according to the Romaniote rite, and the second volume, the Haftarot of Bamidbar, Devarim and Festivals according to the Sephardi rite. (Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri B'Kushta, no. 95, writes about copies with Karaite rite Haftarot, but in fact it is the Romaniote rite, which was accepted amongst the Karaites).
The last leaf of the second volume (at the end of the Five Megillot) contains a colophon, followed by a poem praising the book and the printers R. Abraham Paredes, R. Samuel son of David Nachmias, R. Moses Halimi and R. Joseph Al-Naqawa, and marking its completion on Rosh Chodesh Sivan 1522 in Constantinople.
Two volumes. Vol. I – Bereshit through Vayikra, with Haftarot. Vol. II – Bamidbar and Devarim with Haftarot and Five Megillot. In total [445] leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy) and four blank leaves. The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book records [68] leaves of Sephardi rite Haftarot. These volumes contain in all [66] leaves of Haftarot. The difference is due to the combination of one volume with Sephardi rite Haftarot together with one volume with Romaniote rite Haftarot.
36.5 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition, damage and open tears to several leaves. Thick, high-quality paper. Stains. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. Most leaves complete. Damage and large tears to five leaves at the beginning of the first volume, affecting text in some places, repaired. Large open tears affecting text to approx. five leaves in the second volume (in the Haftarot for High Holidays), repaired. New bindings.
Avraham Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri B'Kushta, p. 84, no. 95; Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, no. 41.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 77

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Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim – Venice, 1521

Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1521]. Two volumes.
Two volumes of Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, with half-titles (blank leaves with the titles "Neviim Acharonim" and "Ketuvim") in each volume. These two volumes are part of a Tanach edition printed in Venice in 1521. The 1521 edition was printed identically to the first Bomberg edition of Tanach printed in Venice in 1518, apart from Tehillim in the Ketuvim volume printed here in short lines, four columns per leaf. In this edition, the five Megillot were bound after the five books of the Torah and are therefore not included in these volumes.
Neviim Acharonim vol.: 277-398 leaves. Ketuvim vol.: 399-498 leaves. Lacking leaves 499-528, [1] of Divrei HaYamim. The complete Tanach contained 528, [1] leaves. 18.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tears (repaired) in several places, mostly not affecting text. A few inscriptions. Some marginal text trimmed. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 78

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Neviim Acharonim with the Abarbanel Commentary – Pesaro, 1520 – Printed by Gershom Soncino – Two Volumes

Neviim Acharonim, with the commentary of R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. [Pesaro: Gershom Soncino], 1520. First edition. Two volumes.
Title within a woodcut ornamented border, containing the details of the printing and printer: "Printed in Italy by… a Jew from Soncino renowned amongst the Jews, [1520]…". In some copies, the verso of the title page is blank, however, in this copy it bears a long poem comprised of 52 stanzas written by the author's son, entitled: "Words of Yehuda son of the commentator, to glorify my father's commentary to the books of the Neviim", and opening with an acrostic of "Yehuda son of Isaac Abarbanel".
The book of Yeshaya contains (trimmed) marginal notes in Italian script, most particularly lengthy, by an unidentified writer. Several lengthy marginal notes in Sephardic script (Turkey and the Balkans) appear on one page of Hoshe'a and one page of Michah.
This edition was printed around 12 years after the passing of the author, R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. At the end of his commentary to the book of Yeshaya, the author writes that "the beginning of this commentary was written in the island of Corfu on Rosh Chodesh Av 1495, and since this work was postponed in deference to other compositions, I completed it in Monopoli in the region of Apulia… on Rosh Chodesh Elul [1498]…".
The famous Jewish printer Gershom Soncino, a leading Hebrew printer in Italy, wandered with his family and printing equipment through various Italian towns. In each place he settled, he printed Hebrew books. In Pesaro, he printed some Talmudic tractates and other books. He also printed the first part of the Abarbanel commentary, to Neviim Rishonim, in Pesaro, in 1511.
Incomplete copy. [392] leaves. (Originally: [398] leaves; lacking the first [5] leaves (including the title page) and leaf [398] – a blank leaf). This copy is divided into two volumes, which are comprised of different copies. Vol. I: First [5-195] leaves, until the end of the book of Yirmiya. 29.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair, most of the leaves are in good condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness in several places. First three leaves detached. Tears (repaired) and wear to the title page, slightly affecting the border. Inner margins of first leaves repaired, not affecting text. Worming to first 10 leaves, affecting text. Binding partially detached. Vol. II: Next 197 leaves, until the end of Malachi. The last leaf (a blank leaf) is lacking. 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Minor worming. The leaves of this volume were professionally restored. Open tears (repaired) to the last (approx. 10) leaves, affecting text. New leather bindings. The words "Pesaro [1512]" were erroneously embossed on the spine of Vol. II, however, this volume is actually the continuation of the first volume and was printed in Pesaro in 1520.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 79

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Torah and Neviim Rishonim – Antwerp, 1565

Torah and Neviim Rishonim. Antwerp: Plantin, [1565]. Two volumes. Pocket format.
Two lacking volumes out of a complete edition of Tanach.
Torah volume: Vayikra through Devarim. 235-511, [1] leaves. Torah part originally: 511, [1] leaves. Missing the first 234 leaves of Bereishit and Shemot. Neviim Rishonim volume: Yehoshua, Shoftim and Shmuel. [287] leaves. Neviim Rishonim part originally: [448] leaves. Missing [161] leaves of Melachim.
10.5 cm. Good condition. High-quality paper. Stains. Early leather bindings, with damage.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 80

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Five Books of the Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim – Antwerp, 1573-1574 – Complete Bible in Small Format

Five books of the Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
All 24 books of the Bible complete, without vocalization and cantillation marks. Two columns per page. This format is suitable for casting the "Goral HaGra" lottery, using the method taught to R. Aryeh Levin by disciples of the Gra's disciples.
The title page and front flyleaves contain ownership inscriptions of Avraham ben Eliyahu HaKohen Treves of Darevo, and book listings. The final flyleaves contain listings (in Ashkenazic script) of both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic yearly cycle of haftarot. The final page contains the title "for these I weep", with the dates of passing of the parents and grandparents of R. Avraham Hacohen Treves, dated 1840-1898, including the passing of his father, "R. Eliya ben R. Shlomo", who passed away of cholera in Av, 1848, his father-in-law "R. Eliya ben Gershon of Shklov" who passed away in 1840, and "his father, R. Gershon", who passed away after Sukkot, 1847.
[1], 3-389 leaves. 16 cm. Good-fair condition. The title page and many other pages have been restored. Several pages have tears with damage to the text. In these places, the missing text has been restored with 19th century Ashkenazic script on added paper. The final page with the colophon is torn and incomplete (the bottom half of the page is replaced by an early page from another book with printed decoration). Stains and wear. Some of the pages are dark and stained. Old leather binding, slightly worn, with embossed ornamentation.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 81

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Trei Asar – Leiden, 1603 – Fine, Pocket Size Volume – Bibliographically Unknown

Trei Asar. [Leiden]: Plantinianis Franciscus Raphelengius, [1603]. Pocket format.
Initial words within woodcut borders, some with color added by hand (presumably from an early period).
The margins contain handwritten inscriptions.
188, [1] pages. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, with ornamentations and marbled endpapers. Damage and wear to the binding.
Rare edition not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, nor does it appear in the NLI catalogue.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 82

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Neviim Acharonim – Venice, 1615

Neviim Acharonim. Venice: Giovanni Cajon for Bragadin, 1615. Pocket format.
Part III of a complete Tanach edition printed that year in Venice, "in Sabbioneta typeface" (as stated on the title page).
[108]-218 leaves. 11.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Minor damage to title page and several other leaves. Original leather binding, with clasp remnants.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 83

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Bible – Geneva, 1617-1618 – Set of 15 Volumes – Pocket Size

Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Geneva: Capa Elon, 1617-1618.
Set of 15 volumes. Pocket size.
15 volumes. Bereshit-Shemot: [232] leaves. Lacking the last two leaves of Shemot. VaYikra-Devarim: [269] leaves. Yehoshua-Shoftim: [130] leaves. Shmuel: [151] leaves. Melachim: [143] leaves. Yeshaya: [108] leaves. Yirmiya: [138] leaves. Yechezkel: [119] leaves. Trei Asar: [91] leaves. Tehillim: [135] leaves. Mishlei: [47] leaves. Five Megillot: [64] leaves. Iyov: [54] leaves. Daniel, Ezra and Nechemya: [100] leaves. Divrei HaYamim: [159] leaves.
11-12 cm. Overall good condition. Most volumes in good condition, stains and light wear. Vayikra contains a handwritten dedication dated 1860. Melachim - a large marginal tear to the title page, not affecting text. Signs of past dampness, severe stains to several leaves. Yirmiya - adhesive tape on title page. Tehillim - title page very damaged and incomplete, with repairs. Tears and wear to several more leaves, affecting text. Kohelet – tears to leaves [30]-[31], affecting text and repaired with adhesive tape. Divrei HaYamim – wear and severe stains to several leaves (mainly the last leaves). Most volumes have matching leather and parchment bindings, apart from four volumes with varying bindings.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 84

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Mikraot Gedolot – Basel, 1618-1619 – Complete Set of Four Volumes – Ornamented Leather Bindings

Mikraot Gedolot, Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim, with the commentaries. Basel: Ludwig König, [1618-1619].
Complete set in four large volumes, with original bindings.
Volume I: Five books of the Torah, with Targum Onkelos, the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Baal HaTurim and Masorah.
Volume II: Neviim Rishonim, with Targum, the commentaries of Rashi, Radak, Ralbag, R. Yeshaya and Masorah.
Volume III: Neviim Achronim, with Targum, the commentaries of Rashi, Radak, Ibn Ezra and Masorah.
Volume IV: Ketuvim, with Targum, the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Ralbag and Rasag. The end of the volume contains the Targum Yerushalmi on the Torah, the great Masorah on the Bible in alphabetical order, and Haftarot for Shabbat and festivals "according to the Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Italian rites".
Vol. I: [6], 228 leaves. Vol. II: [1], 234-441 leaves. Vol. III: [1], 442-705 leaves. Vol. IV: 707-946; 7, [1]; 67; 36 leaves. Without the [3] leaves of errata, which do not appear in most copies. The inner margin of the Haftarot title page is repaired with paper. 43.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick leaves with wide margins. Many stains; traces of past dampness. Most of the leaves are darkened and stained. Bookplates. Original leather bindings, with fine ornamentation on the spine.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 85

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Tehillim – Amsterdam, 1666 – With Latin Translation – Ornamented Leather Binding – Pocket Edition

Tehillim, with Latin translation. Amsterdam, 1666. Pocket edition.
The Hebrew text and Latin translation on facing pages.
6 pages; 132, 132-155, 157-240, [3] leaves. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Tear by the joint between the spine and boards.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 86

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First Bible Printed in Yiddish – Amsterdam, 1676-1679

Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim translated to Yiddish by Jekutiel son of Isaac Blitz, with Toaliyot HaRalbag by R. Levi son of Gershon (Ralbag) on Torah and Neviim Rishonim. Amsterdam: Uri Phoebus HaLevi, [1676-1679].
Five separate title pages: Torah, Megillot, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Achronim and Ketuvim, with an additional illustrated title page. Approbations of the rabbis of the Council of Four Lands, and the Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbis of Amsterdam. The book begins with leaves of "approbation and privilegium" - special permission granted by the King of Poland for this printing, in Yiddish and in Latin.
The title page bears deleted ownership inscriptions: "---[son of] Yaakov Mazye".
[7], 63, [1], 64-138, 140-256, [2], 18 leaves. Pagination skips leaf 139 (no missing leaf). Includes table of Haftarot and "Corrector's apology" which do not appear in other copies. Illustrated title page detached (apparently replaced from another copy). 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Two leaves in the middle detached. Small tears and damage, repaired with tape. New leather binding.
Various dates appear on the title pages: 1676, 1678 and 1679. The approbations are dated 1671-1677. Two different editions of the Bible translated to Yiddish were printed concurrently in Amsterdam in those days, considered to be the first Yiddish Bible editions. For further information regarding the polemic surrounding this printing, see: A.M. Haberman, Chapters in the History of the Hebrew Printers, pp. 300-310.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 87

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Sefer HaMaggid – Amsterdam, 1699 – Signature of Maharatz Chayes at the Beginning of Sefer Tehillim

Sefer HaMaggid – Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, with the Rashi commentary, Yiddish translation and Agudat Shmuel. Amsterdam, [1699].
A miniature edition in four volumes. The Yiddish translation is a sequel to Tsene Rene on the Torah and is by the same author (R. Yaakov of Janów). In this edition the translation was edited and the wording is not identical to previous editions.
The composition Agudat Shmuel, by the publisher R. Shmuel Dlugatch, was first printed in this edition (a compilation from various sources and works, mostly not found in other sources, such as "Hagahot R. Ovadia HaNavi", Sod Meisharim, Emek HaShem, and more). This compilation, which was inserted in parentheses into the Rashi commentary, was published in further editions, and drew criticism on the fact it was implanted within the text of the Rashi commentary. Some of these additions were later absorbed in the commentary and assumed to be an integral part of it (see: Ch. Lieberman, Ohel Rachel, 1, pp. 310-329).
Handwritten notes on several leaves.
The beginning of Sefer Tehillim in the Ketuvim volume bears an owner's signature: "Tzvi Hirsh Chayes, Monday, MarCheshvan 22, [1823]" – this appears to be the signature of Maharatz Chayes (1806-1856) in his youth. A leading Torah scholar of his times, he was appointed rabbi of Zhovkva at the age of 23. His notes on the Talmud were printed in many editions from 1840. He composed many books and was a multifaceted personality, well versed in Torah and sciences. He fought for authentic Judaism against Maskilim, and corresponded extensively in responsa with the Chatam Sofer, who held him in great esteem (see: HaDarom, 1958, Issue 5-6, "The Chatam Sofer's Attitude to the Maharatz Chayes").
Four volumes. Vol. I – Neviim Rishonim: [1], 37-279, 290-379, 390-548, 550-555 leaves. Originally: [5], 279, 290-379, 390-559, [1] leaves. Lacking first 36 leaves (including the title page, replaced with photocopy), except for one leaf of the approbations; lacking leaf 549 and last 5 leaves. Vol. II – Neviim Acharonim (Yeshaya-Yechezkel): 379, 390-549 leaves. Vol. III – Ketuvim: 480 leaves. Vol. IV – (Ezra, Nechemia, Trei Asar and Divrei HaYamim): 2-346, [1] leaves. Originally: 346, [2] leaves. Lacking title page and last leaf (replaced with photocopies). Approx. 11 cm. Good-fair condition. Most leaves in good condition. Stains, inkstains. Tears to several leaves. Worming affecting text in several places. Margins trimmed on text border, slightly affecting text. New bindings, except for one early binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 88

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Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim – Amsterdam, 1700-1705 – One Small Volume

The Bible – Five books of the Torah, Five Megillot, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1700-1705].
The complete Bible in one small volume. Separate title pages for Neviim Rishonim and Acharonim, as well as for Ketuvim.
The foot of the first title page contains the proofreader's signature, R. "David Nunes Torres". Two leaves of approbations appear after the Haftarot, only one of them is listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book.
The back endpapers contain the blessings of the Haftara in handwriting, followed by the writer's colophon: "I wrote this in honor of the G-d fearing Gumpel Ettinger, here in Paris, Friday of Parshat Vayetze 1847, Shlomo Wolf Klein".
Torah and Five Megillot: [2], 2-181, [2] leaves. The approbations leaves are bound after the Five Megillot. Neviim Rishonim: 142 leaves. Neviim Acharonim: [143]-286, [1] leaves. Ketuvim: 152, [1] leaves. 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, restored at the spine, with damage. Placed in a leather slipcase (damaged).

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Auction 62 Lot Number 89

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Shir HaShirim and Pirkei Avot, with Ladino and Spanish Translation – Amsterdam, 1712

Paraphrasis Caldayca en los Cantares de Selomoh - Song of Songs with (Romanized) Ladino translation and Spanish translation of the Aramaic translation; Pirkei Avot, with Spanish translation. Amsterdam, 1712.
Hebrew followed by translation, paragraph by paragraph.
Parchment binding, bearing owners' signatures: "Chaim David de Daniel Israel", "H.D. Sanicroos".
134 pages. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Some leaves with numerous markings within the text and other inscriptions. Early parchment binding. Stains and light damage to binding.

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Five Books of the Torah with the Alshech Commentary – Frankfurt an der Oder, 1761-1765 – Elaborate Set with Exceptionally Wide Margins and Original Wood Bindings – Important Ownership

Five books of the Torah, with Targum and Mesorah, Toldot Aharon, Baal HaTurim, Rashi and Alshech commentaries. Frankfurt an der Oder, [1761-1765]. Five volumes.
Elaborate set with exceptionally wide margins (untrimmed). Original wood and leather bindings (some damaged).
Various ownership inscriptions, including ownership inscriptions of R. Binyamin Zev Wolf Katz Rapaport Rabbi of Pápa. On the empty leaf at the end of the first volume: "This book belongs to the great Torah scholar R. Wolf Katz Rapaport, currently the rabbi of Pápa". A similar inscription at the end of the Bamidbar volume, and his signature in Latin characters on the title page of Bereishit.
R. Binyamin Zev Wolf Katz Rapaport (1753-1837) was appointed rabbi of Pápa in 1783, were he served for close to 55 years until his passing in 1837. His opinion was highly esteemed by the great Torah scholars of his times, such as the Noda BiYehuda and the Chatam Sofer. He was famed for his books Simlat Binyamin, Netivot HaChochma, Edut L'Yisrael, and more.
Five volumes. Bereishit: [4], 332, 331-376 leaves. Shemot: [1], 313; 45 leaves. Vayikra: 205; [1], 28 leaves. Bamidbar: [1], 211; [1], 24 leaves. Devarim: 276, [1]; [1], 49 leaves.
(The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book records [6] leaves at the beginning of Bereshit. Possibly, a title page is missing here, besides the general title page which does appear, and another leaf. In any case, it does not seem that these leaves were originally bound in this copy).
Exceptionally wide margins. 32-34 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper. Overall good condition. Stains. Wear and damage to some of the leaves. A few tears, mostly without loss. Creases. Worming in a few places, affecting text (damage to the title page of Vayikra). In Devarim, a handwritten leaf was stuck onto one of the leaves. Original leather and wood bindings, with clasp remnants. Spines missing from three of the volumes. One of the volumes missing the back cover. Damage, tears and wear to the bindings.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 91

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Set of Chumashim – Tikun Sofrim Torat Emet with Seder HaTefillot – Amsterdam, 1827 – Elegant Leather Bindings

Handsome 5-volume set. Torat Emet – Tikun Sofrim, Five Books of the Torah, with Rashi commentary, haftarot and Ashkenazi siddur with yotzrot and piyyutim. Accurate edition proofread according to books and scribes. Amsterdam, 1827. Published by R. Naftali Levenstam son of R. Yaakov Moshe, Rabbi of Amsterdam. All volumes have a copper engraving frontispiece: figures of Moshe and Aharon and illustrations of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
5 volumes, 18.5 cm. Pagination varies. High-quality paper. Good condition. Stains and wear. Greenish leather contemporary bindings with embossed ornamentation and owner's name. Colored endpapers.
Six leaves were added to the Book of Devarim with names of pre-paid subscribers from Dutch cities. These leaves are not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 000312561.

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Babylonian Talmud – Berlin and Frankfurt (Oder), 1734-1739 – Talmud of Rabbi Yaakov Koppel, Dayan of the District of Würzburg

Babylonian Talmud, with commentaries. Berlin and Frankfurt an der Oder, [1734-1739].
11 volumes (out of 12, lacking Tractate Berachot and Seder Zera'im).
The Talmud of R. Yaakov Koppel Schonungen - dayan of the District of Würzburg. His signatures and ownership inscriptions appear in all the volumes, on the title pages and endpapers: "Yaakov Koppel son of Chaim Schonungen, dayan of the District of Würzburg", "Yaakov Koppel Schonungen, dayan of the District of Würzburg, in Heitzfeld", etc.
R. Yaakov Koppel son of Chaim of Schonungen, served from 1768 as dayan of the District of Würzburg, in Heitzfeld (Heidingsfeld) alongside R. Avraham Bing. He died in 1816.
The volumes contain other inscriptions, scribbles and pen trials (including the signature of "Gumpel son of Menachem Mendel Segal" and others).
The volumes contain: 1. Tractates Shabbat, Eruvin. 1734. 2. Tractates Pesachim, Beitzah, Chagigah, Moed Katan. 1735. 3. Tractates Rosh Hashanah, Taanit, Yoma, Sukkah, Shekalim, Megillah. 1735. 4. Tractates Yevamot, Ketubot, Kiddushin. 1735-1736. 5. Tractates Gittin, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah. 1736. 6. Tractates Bava Kama, Bava Metzia. 1736. 7. Tractates Bava Batra, Avodah Zara. 1736. 8. Tractates Sanhedrin, Shevuot, Makot, Eduyot, Horayot, Avot. 1736-1737. 9. Tractates Zevachim, Menachot, Bechorot. 1737-1738. 10. Tractates Chulin, Arachin, Temurah, Keritot, Me'ilah, Tamid, Midot, Kinim. 1737-1739. 11. Tractate Niddah, Mishnayot Seder Taharot. 1738.
11 volumes. Approx. 35 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears and damage. Some darkened leaves. Original bindings, leather-covered wood, some with clasp remnants and with old repairs. Damage and tears to bindings.

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Aggadat Bavli with Ein Avraham and Kinmon Besem – Königsberg, 1845-1848 – First Edition

Aggadat Bavli - Ein Yaakov, with the Ein Avraham commentary and an introduction to the study of Talmudic aggadot, by R. Avraham Shick. Königsberg (Kaliningrad), 1845-[1848].
Four volumes - the first three volumes are from the first edition which was printed in 1845, while the fourth volume is from the second edition published three years later in 1848.
Bound with (at the end of each volume): Kinmon Besem on Talmudic aggadot, by R. Yehuda Yudel HaLevi Epstein. [Königsberg (Kaliningrad), 1848]. First edition. This book was added to only some of the copies of Aggadat Bavli, and is an original source for many of the teachings of the Gaon of Vilna and his disciples.
The beginning of Vol. I contains the approbations of R. Yisrael Lifshitz author of Tiferet Yisrael, R. Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenburg author of HaKtav VehaKabbalah and R. Aryeh Leib Shapira Rabbi of Kalvarija (the only printed approbation by R. Aryeh Leib Shapira Rabbi of Kovno). Kinmon Besem contains further approbations and letters.
Complete set in four volumes. Vol. I: [5], 112, 351, 12, [1] pages. Vol. II: [2], 480, 21, [1] pages. Vol. III: [2], 592, 27 pages, [1] page. Vol. IV: [2], 538, 13, [1] pages. All the volumes include the original paper wrappers, except for the front wrapper of the first volume.
4 volumes. 14 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming to several pages of Vol. I. Small tears and damage to the wrappers and title pages, not affecting text. New bindings with cloth spines.
The first edition of Ein Avraham, printed in 1845, is extremely rare. The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book does not record the first volume. The first volume of the copy of the National Library of Israel is incomplete.

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Nine Volumes of the Babylonian Talmud – Warsaw Edition, 1859-1864 – Edition Proofread by the Gerrer Rebbe, Author of Chiddushei HaRim – Ornate Leather Bindings

Babylonian Talmud, with commentaries. Nine volumes of the Warsaw edition, 1859-1864.
Reputedly, this edition was proofread by Rebbe Yitzchak Meir Alter of Ger, author of Chiddushei HaRim (R. Refael Natan Notte Rabinowitz, Maamar Al Hadpasat HaTalmud, p. 143).
The volumes contain: 1. Tractate Eruvin. 2. Tractates Rosh Hashanah, Sukkah, Megillah; Tractate Shekalim of the Jerusalem Talmud. 3. Tractates Beitzah, Yoma, Chagigah and Moed Katan. 4. Tractate Ketubot. 5. Tractate Bava Metzia. 6. Tractate Bava Batra. 7. Tractates Sanhedrin, Horayot, Mishnayot Eduyot and Avot, Avot D'Rabbi Natan and the Minor Tractates. 8. Tractate Chulin. 9. Tractate Niddah and Mishnayot Seder Taharot.
The beginning of the volume of Tractate Ketubot contains the approbations of Rebbe Yitzchak Meir Alter of Ger author of Chiddushei HaRim, Rebbe Yaakov David of Amshinov and of Warsaw rabbis and dayanim.
The last leaf of the volume of Tractate Sanhedrin bears a printed passage: "Since this place is blank, I decided to present something I have seen in my youth, written in the margin of the book Shevut Yaakov in the handwriting of R. Akiva Eger…". Possibly, this passage was written by the proofreader, the Gerrer Rebbe (this novellae was later printed in several places in the books of R. Akiva Eger).
Ownership inscriptions of R. Ze'ev Wolf Saltz of Miednik appear on the back endpaper of the volume of Tractate Bava Metzia.
9 volumes. Large format. 33 cm. Overall fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Lacking one or two leaves from the last leaves of Tractate Bava Metzia. Original ornate leather bindings, with varied degrees of damage, some detached and torn.

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Babylonian Talmud – Shanghai, 1942-1946 – Printed by Holocaust Refugees

12 volumes of a Babylonian Talmud edition, published by the students of the Mir yeshiva, Shanghai, 1942-1946.
These volumes of the Talmud were printed in Shanghai during WWII, by the students of the Mir yeshiva, who escaped Europe during the Holocaust.
In six of the volumes the name of the publisher is "Vaad HaHadpasah - Torah Or", three volumes are ascribed to "The Ezrat Torah Library of the holy Mir Yeshiva", one volume states only "Yeshivat Mir", and in two volumes the name of the publisher is not indicated.
The volumes here contain tractates: Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Gittin, Kiddushin, Nazir, Sotah, Bava Kama, Sanhedrin, Makot, Shevuot, Avodah Zara and the Minor Tractates, Zevachim, Menachot, Chulin, Bechorot, Arachin, Temurah, Keritot, Me'ilah, Niddah.
12 volumes. Approx. 26 cm. Overall good condition. In a few volumes, tears to some leaves and detached leaves. Stains. Dry and slightly brittle paper. New, elegant bindings.

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Babylonian Talmud – Munich, 1948 – Complete Set

Babylonian Talmud - complete set. Munich-Heidelberg, 1948. "Published by the Union of Rabbis in the American Occupation Zone in Germany".
As WWII came to an end, and survivors gathered in DP camps, the need arose for volumes of the Talmud and other holy books to benefit the refugees. From 1946, the Union of Rabbis in Germany, with the support of the American Army and the Joint, undertook the project of printing the Talmud for the survivors. At first, individual tractates were printed in various formats. In 1948, a complete edition of the Talmud was published for the first time - the edition here. Each volume contains two title pages. The first title page was designed specifically to commemorate the printing of the Talmud on the scorched soil of Germany, the upper-part bearing an illustration of a Jewish village, captioned: "From servitude to salvation, from darkness to great light"; the bottom of the title page contains an illustration of barbed wire fencing and a labor camp, captioned: "Labor camp in Germany during Nazi occupation". "They almost destroyed me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts".
19 volumes. 39 cm. Some leaves on dry paper. Overall good condition. Stains, tears and wear. Large tears to several leaves. Title page of Tractate Rosh Hashanah lacking. Original bindings, repaired with new cloth spines, and cloth reinforcing to edges.

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