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LOT: 026

Pri Megadim—Zolkva, 1766. Stamps

On the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah, one of the most important books of halacha, by Rabbi Yosef Teumim. Second edition. Page before the cover has a signature of ownership. Cover page has red and black ink. Stamp of the censor. Original binding is disconnected. Pages disconnected. Moth damage. [1] 149 pages. 38cm. Bad to ok condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 027

Yosifon (Yiddish), “translated into the language of Ashkenaz”—Furth 1767.

First section, “KeterKehuna,” and the second section titled “She’eritYisrael,” printed by Haim the Printer in Furth. First section has wood-engraved illustrations. Separate cover for the second section, with endorsements of Rabbi Netanel Weil—the Korban Netanel—and Rabbi Yosef Steinhart—Rav and Av Beit Din of Furth. This book is very rare because of its literary style and writing in Yiddish in order to suit it to the language of Jewish women and youth, like “Tze’inav’Re’ina” whose copies became so worn from such wide use. The copy before us is quite complete, except for a few tears with missing bits of text on the last pages, and moth damage on the book’s first pages. Original binding, worn and defective. 163, 2, 101 pages. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 028

Get Mekushar—first edition, Constantinople 1767.

On the purposes of gets, by the Gaon Rabbi Refael Moshe Bola, born in Salonika, died in Jerusalem in 1773, where he served for a short time as Rishon LeZiyyon. Generally ok to good condition, many moth holes, stains. Missing the cover page and last page.
Starting at $50
LOT: 029

Pnei Yehoshua – Furth, 1766.

On masechtot Ketubot, Gittin, and Kidushin. By the Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua Folk (1681-1756), rabbi of Lviv, Berlin, and Frankfurt. Author of the series Pnei Yehoshua on the Talmud Bavli. HaHida writes that he succeeded in meeting him and describes his face as angelic. When the Heavens notified the Ba’al Shem Tov that he needed to serve a talmid chacham, he went to the Pnei Yehoshua and served him: he would bring him an ember from the fire to light his pipe. They discussed Chassidut together. He was the direct rabbi of the Maggid of Maastricht. | Binding disconnected. Signature of ownership. Stains from moisture. Moth damage. | 4, 212, 217-296, 23 page. 32cm. Generally bad to ok condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 030

Toldot Avraham and Kutonet Yosef—first edition, Furth 1769.

Chiddushim on masechet Kiddushin and Ketubot, by the Gaon Rabbi Ravraham Brody, Av Beit Din of Prague, Metz, and Frankfurt-am-Mein. Together with the book Kutonet Yosef by his son-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Moshe Breslau. 2, 61 pages, no binding, tears, wear. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 031

Ya’arotDvash, second section. Karlsruhe, 1782. First printing!

With various listings of ownership on the back of the binding and cover page. Important endorsements by Rabbi Aryeh Leib, the Sha’agat Aryeh, and by the rabbi of Karlsruhe, the student of Rabbi YehonatanIvshitz, Rabbi Tia Weil, son of the Korban Netanel. Printer: Makilet. [4], 116 pages. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $60 Starting at $60
LOT: 032

Einei Avraham—Amsterdam, 1784.

Wonderful compositionon the Rambam by Rabbi Avraham Yehuda Zafig of Tunis. Printed by the widow and orphaned children of Yaakov Propus. Endorsements and introduction, which states that “because since birth the author was blind, the book was called the Eyes of Avraham.” 76 pages. 22.5cm. Good condition, brown pages, especially wide margins, old binding without spine.
Item sold at $60 Starting at $60
LOT: 033

MargaliotHaTorah by the student of the Gra, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Smiatitz. First and only edition. Paritzk, 1788. Extremely rare.

A kabbalistic commentary on the Torah authored by the student of the Gra. Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Smiatitz was a rabbi of Smiatitz and a kabbalist, who served for a number of years under his rabbi, the Gra, and was known as “HaChassid.” MargaliotHaTorah is a commentary and a collection of letters of the Ari—collected during his rabbi’s (the Gra’s) lifetime. He died either in 1814 or 1819, and the AgudatEzov eulogized him in the book by that name. He also wrote another book by the name MargaliotHaTorah on the Prophets and Ketuvim, which was also printed. Generally bad condition, missing the binding and cover page.
Item sold at $50 Starting at $50
LOT: 034

Book of Deuteronomy, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes, with tikkun sofrim, translations, and commentaries of the Rishonim. With the book Totza’otHayyim by Rabbi Haim Boskowitz. Vienna 1794.

With Rashi, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra, and the Ba’alHaTurim. Accompanied by mussar content from the SeferHaShla, and the text Totza’otHayyim. From the Tanach printed in Vienna by Anton Shamid. With red ink on the cover page. 30.5x22.5cm. Original binding. Very good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 035

Five books of Torah—DerechSlula, Furth 1802-1803. 4 volumes.

Four out of five volumes of the Chumash DerechSlula, with commentaries by Rashi, Targum Onkelos, Ashkenazi, Tikkun Sofrim, Haftarot, the Five Megillot, prayers for Shabbat. Two cover pages before each volume, the first illustrated with the figures of Moses and Aaron, cherubs, and eagles. Special covers for the Haftarot and prayers. Detailed lists of subscribers from the Furth community and others in Germany. 4 volumes. Genesis: (16) 1-177, (1) 179-236 pages. Exodus: [4] 1-155, [1], 157-200, 26 pages. Leviticus: (4) 1-142, (1) 144-158, 28 pages. Deuteronomy: (4) 1-105, (1), 107-176, 20 pages. Stains.Generally good condition. Genesis is missing the spine.
Starting at $100
LOT: 036

Sha’arHaMelech—Dyhernfurth 1797, with old listings of ownership

Mussar and drashot by Rabbi Mordechai ben Shmuel of Vilkotch. Many notes of ownership on the cover page and other pages, not checked thoroughly. Defective cover. 52 [supposed to be 60], 38, 16 pages. Last page of first section missing. Rebound, generally ok condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 037

KapotZahavShtayim by Rav Yosef Katz, Av Beit Din of Krinek, uncle of Rabbi Tzaddok of Lublin. First and only edition. Vilna-Horodna, 1836. Rare.

Divided into two sections with separate covers. KafAchat—chiddushim and pilpulim on sugiyot of Shas. KafShniya: dozens of drashot on Aggadah. The author was the brother of Rabbi Yaakov HaKohen Rabinowitz, father of Rabbi TzaddokHaKohen of Lublin. When Rabbi Tzaddok was orphaned at age 6 he went to grow up in his uncle’s home in Krinek, and then moved with him to Bielystock. 120 [3] pages. 21cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 038

Mekor Haim by the Netivot. Zolkva 1837.

Chiddushim and exegesis on the halachot of Pesach, by Rabbi Yaakov of Lisa, the Netivot HaMishpat. Stamps. 46, 15 pages. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $50 Starting at $50
LOT: 039

Heichalot, by the Tanna Rabbi Yishmael Kohen Gadol—first edition, Lviv 1850.

Includes three chapters on the Ma’aseh Merkava and other important things, wonderful drashot by the Tanna. First edition printed as a separate book. 12 pages (not numbered). Tears in the edges of pages and tops of 2 pages, with very slight damage to the text. Generally ok condition. Not bound. Never before seen in auctions.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 040

Zohar on the Book of Exodus. Chernowitz, 1851.

By the Tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochay, second section on Exodus. Stamp of Mendel Gershon bar Binyamin Zeev of Jerusalem (probably referring to Rabbi Gershon HaLevi, see the OtzerHaRabbanim 4419: “famous gaon, excellent dayan in Jerusalem, died in 1868). Cover slightly damaged, professionally repaired, moth damage and wear on some pages with damage to text. New binding with gilded inscription on the spine. Missing 4 last pages. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 041

KavHaYashar in Yiddish—printed in Russia and Poland (cover says Slavita), 1851.

By the Gaon Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Keudenover, Yiddish using Hebrew letters and vowels. Printed in one of the Russian-Polish printers, probably in Lemberg. Never before appeared in auctions. [84] 4 (sections 1-2). 24cm. Generally good condition, rebound.
Starting at $50
LOT: 042

Or Chadash and Ner Mitzvah by the Maharal of Prague—Johannesburg 1859. Endorsement of the Maggid of Kozhnitz.

Or Chadash is an exegesis on Megillat Esther, and Ner Mitzvah is on Channukah. Additional endorsement of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher. 188 pages. Not bound. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $50 Starting at $50
LOT: 043

Birkei Yosef by HaHida. Special edition. Vienna 1859.

On the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch, 4 sections with separate covers for each. The first cover has red ink and reliefs from the Livorno printer. Bound together with the book ShiureiBracha. On the cover and first page of the introduction and at the end of the book are stamps of Rabbi Shalom ben Zecharya Nagar. HaHida published his book Birkei Yosef and then ShiureiBracha as an addition to the book, and here for the first time the latter was printed in an integrated fashion together with each siman of Birkei Yosef, and this edition also printed for the first time ShiureiBracha on the YorehDe’ah (Friedberg 1579). This book is a foundational work of halacha. Printer: de la Tora. 4, 130 [supposed to be 136]; 94; 1, 25, [1] pages. 33cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 044

MahatzitHaShekel. Vilna 1859.

Expansive exegesis on the Magen Avraham in Shulchan AruchOrechHayyim. By the Gaon Rabbi Shmuel HaLeviKelin. Printed by Yosef Reuven Ram. [1], 114, 43 pages. *2. Generally ok to good condition. Some moth damage.
Starting at $50
LOT: 045

DerechHayyim on PirkeiAvot—Leipzig (Warsaw), 1860.

On Rashi’s commentary and the DerechHayyim commentary, by the Maharal of Prague. Cover page says Leipzig, without the name of the printer or year of printing (according to Winograd it was published in Warsaw in 1860). Many listings of ownership and signatures on the page before the cover and the last page. Missing the spine. Moth marks. 138 pages. 21cm .Generally good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 046

TosefetYerushalayim. Vilna 1871. Not found in prior auctions, and not seen at the National Library. Together with the book KisehRahamim, Ungvar 1870-1. Edition unknown to bibliographic literature.

Book by Rabbi YisraelIsserIsserlin together with KisehRahamim, a commentary on Avotd’RabbiNatan, Sofrim, and Kala, by HaHida. A similar edition was printed two years earlier in the same place, but this edition is unknown in bibliographic literature. Two books in one volume. Rabbi YisraelIsserIsserlin (1827-1889) was a descendent of the Rama. His paternal grandfather was Rabbi Hirsch, brother of RavYonaSlotzker. His maternal grandfather was Rabbi Haim Brody of Hordna. He was a posek and rabbi in Vilna, at the Beit Midrash of RavKeteriel Moshe Sheinok. Authored Shem Yisrael, EsheiYisrael, and more. Printer: Yitzhak and Yosef Dvoritz. 130 pages. *8. The book KisehRahamim was printed with additional endorsements at the end that weren’t in the 1868 edition. Printed by the widow of Karl Jager. 4, 121 pages. 33cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $80
LOT: 047

MegineiAretz, Shulchan AruchOrechHayyim—Johannesburg, 1862. First edition of Rabbi AkivaEiger’s glosses.

First section. Printed by RavItzikLeibEiger, son of Rabbi AkivaEiger. Published by Georg Stein. [4], 318 pages. Generally ok to good condition, moth damage not affecting text.
Starting at $60
LOT: 048

Sha’arei Torah, third section, by Rav Binyamin Wolf Lau. First edition, Oyhel, 1872.

Famous book of halacha on the ChoshenMishpat (third section). Rav Binyamin Wolf Lau (1773/77 – 1851) was the son of the gaon Rabbi Elazar Lau, the Shot ShemenRokach; and son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac, Av Beit Din of Ushpizin. Rabbi in Rashpitza, Amsha, Kelin (1813), Tapelchen (1827), and head of the yeshiva in Werbau (1827), Santov (1827), taking over from his father. Authored Sha’arei Torah first printed (section 1) in Vienna in 1821. Very good condition, rebound.
Item sold at $50 Starting at $50
LOT: 049

Merapeh Lashon—Vilna 1875, with Pnei Aryeh—Vilna 1873. Signature of ownership of the Rosh Yeshiva of Bialystock.

A book of mussar by Rabbi Refael ben Rabbi Yekutiel Ziskind Katz. Second edition. At the end of the book is Pnei Aryeh, chiddusheihalachot and aggadot by Rabbi Aryeh HaLevi of Wolkovisk. Only edition, Vilna 1873. Binding disconnected, generally good condition. There is a signature and stamp of ownership of Rabbi Yehoshua DovGrodzitzky, son-in-law of Rabbi AharonYa’akowitz, son-in-law of Rabbi Aryeh Levin. He was a rosh yeshiva of Bialystock in Poland, after which his son-in-law named his yeshiva. Authored Kodshei Yehoshua on the Shas, with a wonderful endorsement from his rabbi Gaon Rabbi Baruch Dvo Leibowitz. Published TosafotHaRosh on the BavaMetziya. Studied in a hevruta with Rabbi Haim Shmuelowitz. Among his many students: Rabbi YerachmielUngerisher, head of the Beit Midrash Elyon yeshiva. Sons: Rabbi Haim Simcha, Rabbi Avraham Baruch. Sons-in-law: Rabbi Haim Melin, Rabbi Naftali Malamud (the Imrei Noam), Rav Ephraim Kohen, Rav David Bistritz, and Rav Shmuel Meir.
Item sold at $50 Starting at $50
LOT: 050

Lot of 4 volumes of the Arba’ahTurim—Warsaw 1875-1882.

Printed by the Bnei Shmuel Argelbrand brothers. Various signatures, notes, not checked thoroughly. Generally good condition.
Starting at $50