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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 50

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 51

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 52

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 53

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 54

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 55

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 56

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 57

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 58

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 59

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 60

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 61

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 62

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 63

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 64

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 65

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 66

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 67

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 68

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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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Auction 62 Lot Number 69

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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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