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05.09.2018 - Auction 20

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Auction no. 20
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LOT: 001

Chumash Vayikra with the commentary “Or HaHayyim” – Slavita, printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira. 1832.

Commentary by Rabbeinu Haim ben Atar. It is a known tradition among Chassidic communities to study the book “Or HaHayyim” on the night of shabbat. The printer writes about this on the cover page of the chumash before us. 144 pages. Moth damage, new luxurious leather binding. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $1800
LOT: 002

Chak L’Yisrael—Slavita, 1832.

On the Book of Leviticus. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham ben HaRav of Slavita. | Listing of ownership in Russian on the page before the cover. Small signs of moths, stains, not bound. | 232 pages, 19cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 003

Sha’agat Aryeh, printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira. Slavita, 1832. Includes 7 pages previously unknown to bibliographic entries at the end.

Book by the Gaon Rabbi Aryeh Leib Ginzburg, with new glosses and the last pamphlet written by the Maggid Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Leib of Vilna. Endorsements from sages of Lithuania (this edition) and for the “Last Pamphlet.” Stamps of ownership on the cover page. [2], 90 pages. At the end are 7 pages added to the end of Sha’agat Aryeh that don’t appear in bibliographies. 34cm. Moth holes. Binding not original. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $800
LOT: 004

Mishnayot Seder Taharot with commentaries, Slavita. 1830.

With commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosafot Yom Tov and new Tosafot, Pri Chadash, with chapter headings from all of Shas. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Slavita. 224 pages. On the cover page is a handwritten dedication “to the holy city of Jerusalem.” Original leather binding with gilded decorations, cover in red and black ink, some of the pages are blue, the page cuttings are in red, wide margins. A number of pages have moth damage in the margins without damage to the text. Good condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $120
LOT: 005

Mishnayot Seder Mo’ed with commentaries, Slavita 1830.

With commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosafot Yom Tov and new Tosafot, Pri Chadash, and chiddushim from Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Slavita. 173 pages. On the cover page and page 10 are dedications written by hand to “the holy city of Jerusalem.” Original leather binding with gilded decorations, cover in red and black ink, some of the pages are blue, the page cuttings are in red, wide margins. A number of pages have moth damage in the margins with only slight damage to the text at the edges of single lines. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $120
LOT: 006

Mishnayot Seder Nezikin with commentaries, Slavita 1830.

With commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosafot Yom Tov and new Tosafot, Pri Chadash, and chiddushim from Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Slavita. 196 pages. On the cover page and page 10 are dedications written by hand to “the holy city of Jerusalem.” Original leather binding with gilded decorations, cover in red and black ink, some of the pages are blue, the page cuttings are in red, wide margins. Very good condition.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $120
LOT: 007

Mishnayot Seder Nashim with commentaries, Slavita 1830.

With commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosafot Yom Tov and new Tosafot, Pri Chadash, and chiddushim from Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Slavita. 160 pages. On the cover page and page 10 are dedications written by hand to “the holy city of Jerusalem.” Original leather binding with gilded decorations, cover in red and black ink, some of the pages are blue, the page cuttings are in red, wide margins. Very good condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $120
LOT: 008

Tor Yoreh De’ah. Printed by Rav Moshe Shapira. Slavita 1816.

With the Beit Yosef, Bedek HaBayit, and Darchei Moshe. 146 pages. Moth holes. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $400 Starting at $350
LOT: 009

Set of Mishnayot whose printing began in Slavita and ended in Zhitomir. An historic, holy, and rare item.

Complete set, six volumes of the six sidrei Mishnah. Printed while the most famous printing press in the Jewish-Chassidic world was moving from place to place. Bound up with the tragic story of the Slavita printing house. The first part (Zra’im) was printed in Slavita in 1836, the same year in which the blood libel was levied against the Slavita brothers, and the authorities closed down their printing house. The second section (Mo’ed) was printed in 1846, and the cover page uses the same exact formula as the first section, including the word Slavita in red ink in the center of the page, though with two changes: (1) above the word Slavita appears in small print: “printed in Jozepof using the printer previously located at Slavita, and (2) the second cover with the names of the printers: while the first section was printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham (grandson of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz, who later served as Admor himself), the second was printed by his sons Rabbi Chanina Lifa and Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel, since their father was arrested and imprisoned following the blood libel and remained in prison until 1856. The additional sections (Nashim, Nezikin, Kedoshim, and Taharot) use the same formula as the first sections, and were printed from 1847-1848, after the printing house moved again to the town of Zhitomir. When it became clear to the brothers that they would be remaining in Zhitomir and would not be able to return to Slavita, they changed the main word of the cover page, writing Zhitomir instead of Slavita. | Books printed by the Slavita and Zhitomir printing houses are known to be especially holy: the printing tools were dipped in a mikvah before beginning work. It is a famous segula that owning one of the books preserves the home from danger and affords the owner success. | Different conditions, generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $2200 Starting at $500
LOT: 010

Mishnayot Seder Mo’ed, Zhitomir 1862.

With commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura. Printed by Rav Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Slavita Rav. Zra’im the beginning and end pages are missing, no cover page. Mo’ed with notes. Stamps and signatures of ownership: “Meir David Satland from Jerusalem.” Two volumes have moth damage, pages disconnected, stains and wear over time. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 011

Lot, volume from the Talmud Bavli and the first section from Halachot Rav Elfas—Zhitomir 1860.

1. Volume from Talmud Bavli “Shas Zhitomir” (includes the masechtot Bekhorot, Archin, Temura, Kritut, Me’ilah). And halachot Bechorot and Challah of the Ramban. Separate cover for each of the masechtot. At the beginning of the volume are two covers in red and black. Important and in-demand edition of the Shas. 2. First section of Halachto Rav Elfas. On Masechtot: Brachot, Shabbat, Eruvin. Both are bound in original leather bindings, with signatures and listings of ownership. | The Shapira family printing house of Slavita was closed down following a blood libel and reopened in Zhitomir in 1847, by the grandsons of the Slavita Rav, Rabbi Chanina Lifa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, and operated until 1864. Books printed by the Slavita and Zhitomir printing houses are known to be especially holy: the printing tools were dipped in a mikvah before beginning work. It is a famous segula that owning one of the books preserves the home from danger and affords the owner success. | 38cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 012

Machzor for a Shaliach Tzibur for the Shalosh Regalim—Zhitomir 1853.

Large format for a Shaliach Tzibur. Russian, Lithuanian, Polish minhag, with commentary Lashon HaKodesh and Lashon Ashkenaz (with Yiddish/Hebrew translation). Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lifa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. Cover page in black and red. This edition changes the nusach of the Aleinu prayer in mussaf because of the censor: in place of “didn’t make us like the goyim and like the families of the earth,” it states “didn’t make us like the idolaters and like their families.” | Half-leather, handsome binding, partially detached. Repairs on the cover page and the page after it using tape. [2], 152 pages. 32cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $900 Starting at $250
LOT: 013

Slichot—Zhitomir 1865.

According to the Greater Poland and Lesser Poland minhag. Includes slichot for Erev Yom Kippur. With exegeses Beit Levi and Mateh Levi, by Rabbi Aharon sg”l, the “Korban Aharon.” Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lifa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. Doesn’t appear in the Winograd bibliography. | Stamps of ownership. Lower part of the cover page is missing and repaired. Stains from tears and signs of mold. 86 pages. 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $1300 Starting at $120
LOT: 014

Kol Aryeh—Jersualem, 1866. Bak printing. Only edition.

On sugiyot in the Shas by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Charif, Av Beit Din and Ram in Hamle in Russia (brought to the publisher by his grandson Shneor Zalman of Mendelevitch of Chevron, Rosh Kollel Chabad). Two covers. Pretty engravings of holy sites. Printed by Israel Bak, Jerusalem 1866. Page before the cover has a listing “Yosef Leib bar Avraham Moshe Hamburger…” | Listings of ownership, tears with missing parts in the margins of pages with minimal damage to text. | [4], 80 pages. Page numbering is messed up. 21cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 015

Em LaMesorot and Zikaron Yerushalayim—Bak printing, Jerusalem, 1876.

1. Em LaMesorot—on mesorot of reading from the Torah. By Rabbi Aryeh Leib Charif. Important endorsements. 2. Zikaron Yerushalayim—important historical composition with illustrations of holy places (Kotel and Temple Mount, Rachel’s Tomb, Cave of the Patriarchs, Tiferet Yisrael synagogue, Chabad synagogue in the Old City, and more). By Rabbi Shneor Zalman Mendelevitch, Shadar and head of the Chabad Kollel. With separate cover. Printed by Nissan Bak and his grandson Haim Zvi, Jerusalem 1876. | Anterior binding partially detached. Stamps of ownership. 16; 28 pages. 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 016

Sha’arei Rachamim—printed by Gashzinski, Jerusalem 1881. Copy of the Gaon Rabbi Haim Berlin, son of the Natziv of Volozhin.

Shot by Rabbi Rachamim Yosef Franco, rabbi of Hevron. Stamps of ownership of Rabbi Haim Berlin. | Rabbi Haim Berlin, son of the Natziv, served as Chief Rabbi of Moscow, and as the head of the most famous yeshiva in the world, the Volozhin yeshiva. In 1906 he moved to Israel, and after the death of Rabbi Shmuel Salant he became known as the head of the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem, even though he refused to be officially appointed to that position. [2], 87 pages. 34 cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 017

Sefer HaTakanot—Jerusalem printing, 1883. Rare.

Printed by Yoel Moshe Salomon. Endorsements and wood cuttings from holy places. | Page cutting is not straight. Some of the pages have not been cut. Moth holes. New dustjacket binding. 92 pages. 17cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 018

Tikkun Leil Shavuot, first edition—Venice 1648. Rare.

From the printing house of Francisco Vitzeiri. The copy before us is the oldest edition of the tikkun. It is unknown who established the order of the tikkun, but it first appears in the writings of the Ari, and then in Sefer HaShla. The Magen Avraham on the Shulchan Aruch (the composition of which was completed in 1671) states that following the Zohar the first chassidim would stay up all night and deal in Torah. The nusach in the edition before us is the ancient nusach as appears in the writings of the Ari and without the additions of the Shla. | Original leather binding. Notes in Italian on the advertisement page. [2], 37, [10] pages (page numbering is messed up) 17cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $900 Starting at $800
LOT: 019

Raziel HaMalach. Calcutta, India, 1845.

On the cover is written “a wonderful segula for seeing smart and honest sons, for blessings and success, and to extinguish the flames that would take over one’s home, and so that no demon or evil influence can dwell in one’s home.” Some of the pages are blue. Worn cardboard binding, moth holes in the binding and the margins of the pages. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $150
LOT: 020

Esh Dat, at the end is “Mutzal Me’Esh”—Constantinople, 1718. First edition.

Droshim on the Torah according to the order of the parshiyot. By the Gaon Rabbi Haim Elfandery. At the end is Mutzal Be’esh, a book of Shot saved from a fire. By the Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Elfandery, uncle of the author. First edition. Ashkenazi printing, Yona ben Yaako. Page before the cover has a long endorsement handwritten in Ashkenazi script dated to 1781, and at the top of the cover page is a signature of ownership in Mizrahi handwriting. | Rabbi Haim Elfandery was a rabbi of Constantinople, student of his uncle Rabbi Yaakov Elfandery. Moved to Jerusalem and then to Tzfat, where he served as rabbi. Was one of the rabbis who banned the Shatz in Constantinople (and later rescinded his decision). HaHida writes that he was among the greatest of his generation. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Mizrahi (the Pri HaAretz) excitedly describes his immigration to Israel. | Original leather binding, handsome, detached, and worn. Stains, moth holes, tears, pages disconnected. Page 1 of Mutzal Be’esh is missing. [2], 84, 42 pages. 27cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 021

Eleh HaMitzvot—Wannsbeck, 1727. Signatures.

613 mitzvot with a short commentary, divided by days of the week, by Rabbi Moshe Chagiz, a sage of Jerusalem. Cover page has a listing of ownership in old Mizrahi handwriting. | | Dark pages, quality. Stains. New binding. [32] 219 pages. 14cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $200
LOT: 022

Heichal HaKodesh—Amsterdam 1653. Mizrahi rabbinical signature. Rare.

Ancient book of kabbalah. To expound on the order of prayers for the whole year and their kavanot and what depends on them among other mitzvot. By Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon Elbaz. Printed by Emmanuel Benvenisti. Mizrahi rabbinical signature on the cover page. After the introduction are additional listings of ownership. | Moroccan Jewry was blessed with a number of kabbalists who enlightened the world with their Torah. In the south was a group of kabbalists led by the author of this book, Rabbi Moshe bar Maimon Elbaz, who lived during the time of the Ari (around 450 years ago), and who appointed many students, including Rabbi Yaakov Ifergan (author of HaPerach Shushan) and Rabbi Yosef HaKohen (author of Ginot Beitan). The book Heichal HaKodesh became famous because of Rabbi Yaakov Sasportash, and was printed with glosses of Rabbi Yehuda Asbauni, a sage of Sali, who included the teachings of the Ari because the Ari had begun to spread around the world, while the author of the Heichal HaKodesh was as yet unknown. | New binding, professional repair to the cover page. | 7, [1], 76 pages. 19cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $350
LOT: 023

Shnei Luchot HaBrit—Amsterdam 1698. Segula book.

One of the most important books gracing Jewish bookshelves across the generations. By Rabbi Yeshayahu HaLevi Horwitz, the Shla. With Vavei HaAmudim, by Rabbi Shabtai Sheptil Horwitz, son of the author, and indices Toldot Adam. At the beginning of the book are two covers (the first was filled in). Additional covers for Vavei HaAmudim and Toldot Adam. Printed by Emmanuel ben Yosef Attias. Complete copy of the handsome edition and a known segula. In the letters of the Rayatz of Lubavitch, he writes about this edition: “discovery of this holy book caused a peaceful spirit above, and in that year was born the Ba’al Shem Tov.” | Signatures and stamps of rabbis. Thick, quality paper. Recycled cover partially printed. Stains. Professional restoration. Half-leather, new binding. | [4], 422, 44 [12] pages. 30.5cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $2000
LOT: 024

Mikraot Gedolot Kehilot Moshe, two sections (1 and 3), Amsterdam 1724-1728.

Printed by Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt, a dayan. Expanded edition including the commentaries of the Radak, Ra’ava, Ralbag, Mincha Gedolah, and Kli Paz. First section on the Torah. 41cm. Binding covered in original leather ,generally very good condition. Third section, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hoshea, Yoel, Amos, Yona, Micha, Nachum, Habbakuk, Zechariah, and Malachi. Some of the books have a decorative frame surrounding the first word. 41cm. Light tears in the margins of the first pages. Tear in the center of the cover page without damage to text. Missing the spine. Brown pages. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $500
LOT: 025

Meginei Aretz, handsome copy. Amsterdam 1754.

Ancient, fine edition of the book, includes the Shulchan Aruch Orech Hayim with Turi Zahav and Magen Avraham, with the Pri Chadash. First edition of the Even HaOzer commentary. Two covers, the first is illustrated with a wonderful wood cutting of the four shepherds (Moshe, Aharon, Yosef, and David). Propis printing. Well-preserved copy, with especially wide margins, bound with wood covered in leather, handsome, with gilded inscriptions. Listings of ownership on the page before the cover. | stains. [3], 336, [2] pages. 40cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $300