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Auction No. 8 - 18.01.2016

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LOT: 101

“Ein Yaakov” Calcutta 1842—rare

Ein Yaakov, “second section with Rashi’s commentary, never printed before until then, with clear glosses and with great exactitude and corrections to all mistakes in the first edition” in large and nice letters. Calcutta, one of the first books printed there, published by Rav Elazar Meir Aaron Saadiya Araki HaCohen, on the last page is the symbol of the printer “Yadei Cohanim” (Winograd Calcutta 8). 302 pages. Very handsome copy, excellent condition, new binding, professional restoration in the margins of the title page, lightdefects on the margins of the first pages.
Starting at $180
LOT: 102

2 books, Aden printing—Yemen

1. “Esther HaMalka,” in Arabic, 1929. (1) page. Excellent condition, new fabric binding with nice engravings. 2. “Kinot for Tisha B’av” by Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi and Raba z”l’ and some traditions and additions according to Aden, 1929. Good condition, new fabric binding with handsome engraving of the Western Wall.
Starting at $200
LOT: 103

Mekor Haim, Aden 1893, with the book “Petach HaOhel” Aden 1894, signature lists and glosses, rare.

Laws of shchita and treif meat by HaRav Yehiya ben Rav Yaakov Tzalach, with a long exegesis called “Korban Toda” by Gaon HaRav Shalom Habshush, Aden. Rare book. Bound with the book “Petach HaOhel” laws and halachot of Gitin, by HaRav Yehiya ben Yosef Amud, with halachot of Kedushin and writings to the Rav Shalom Habshush of Sana’a. Rare. Title page has a list of the births, and a long signature of ownership. On page 14, there is a long gloss. Number of smaller glosses, with many signatures. Generally good condition, binding and a number of pages are loose. Dry paper.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 104

Set of 8 rare pamphlets printed in Baghdad

8 pamphlets in Judeo-Arabic bound together, printed in Baghdad, with one title page. 1928
Item sold at $400 Starting at $350
LOT: 105

“Tikkun HaKlali L’Yemei HaShovavim” Tunis 1935

Seder Ta’anit HaDibur and segula of Psalms and a warning from Rav Noam Elimelech and Rav Hemdat Yamim, Rare.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 106

9 books and pamphlets, stories of deeds in Judeo-Arabic

From Tunis, stories on different issues, all written in Judeo-Arabic, printed in Tunis, different sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 107

3 books of the Hafetz Haim

1. Shem Olam, chizuk on a few issues in Judaism such as keeping Shabbat, strengthening Torah study, and more, by HaRav Yisrael Meir HaCohen, ba’al haChafetz Haim. Warsaw 1895. First edition, good condition, not bound. 2. “Hafetz Haim,” biography and story of his life, in Yiddish, two sections, by HaRav Moshe Meir Yashar, New York 1946-7. 2 volumes. Generally good condition, binding and pages loose.
Starting at $100
LOT: 108

Set of 4 books on the Chafetz Haim

“Hafetz Haim,” Warsaw 1884, third edition; “Shimrat HaLashon” (Guarding One’s Tongue) Warsaw 1895, “Ahavat Chesed” Awrsaw 1893, third section of the first edition, “Shem Olam,” Warsaw 1895, first edition. Four books bound together, excellent condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 109

“Tiferet HaGershoni” Frankfurt-am-Mein 11699, first edition, rare.

Drashot and exegeses on the Torah, by the famous Gaon HaRav Gershon Ashkenazi ba’al Avodat HaGershoni, Frankfurt. First edition, rare. (8) 96 page. (Winograd 155). The compiler, student of the Bach and Meginei Shlomo, one of the heads of the fighters against Shabbtai Tzvi and his followers at the start of their path, his manner of study was strong and casuistic and his student, HaRav David Oppenheim wrote about him in his introduction to Avodat Gershoni that “those who forgot during their lives Torah were brought back by his casuistry.” Signatures of ownership on the title page and opposite is written in old Ashkenazi handwriting. Illustrated title page, nice, in purple architectural bordering with plants and figures of angels. Bits of moth damage in the margins. 20cm
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 110

: Large set of polemics, histories, and instructions

Large set of close to thirty historical works and polemics. Yoman, the Admor HaReetz of Lubavitch in Israel, Jerusalem 1929, important and rare pamphlet. Books produced by Netzach 1944, a number of pamphlets and books bound together, important and rare books. “Eretz HaHayim” including three dear issues dealing with the Gaon MaranReb Haim ben Atar the Ohr HaHayyim, Vienna 1933. “Palestina,” lecture of the High Commissioner on the government of Palestine, Jerusalem 1925. “Megillat Eiva” different sizes and conditions, most in ok to good condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $250
LOT: 111

Shaarit Yehuda and V’Yael Eliyahu, “Vayomer Yehuda,” Cairo-Egypt, 1938, only edition, last of the compilers in Cairo. Rare.

3 open books: the first has answers to halacha in four sections of the Shulchan Aruch. The second is chiddushim on halacha alphabetically by the Gaon HaRav Eliyahu Yaakov HaCohen Trab of Salton. The third is eulogies and drashot from Cairo. Rare. Rabbi Yehuda HaChoen Trab was one of the last rabbis of the Jewish community of Cairo, this was one of the last books compiled there before the community disappeared.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 112

2 books, “Heshek Shlomo” on the Tosafta by Zaifan Rav Shlomo Leib Friedlander

Tosefta, seder Zra’im, with commentary “Heshek Shlomo” by Reb Shlomo Leib Friedlander, published in Pressburg 1889, two title pages with one in French. With long introduction on the manuscripts of the Tosafta. 30 pages, 143 page. Excellent condition. 2. Tosafta, seder Nashim, with exegesis “Heshek Shlomo” as above, Pressburg 1890. 17, 124 page. Excellent condition, new and handsome volumes.
Starting at $200
LOT: 113

Lot of rare philosophy books

1. “Petach Einayim” commentary on the way of true philosophy from articles of Hazal, by HaRav ben Tziyon Refael HaCohen Pritzi, 5 sections, Livorno 1878-1879. 2. “Emunah Yeshara” including ways of philosophy on the book of Job and Kohelet, by HaRav Tzvi Hirsh Kalisher of Tehran, Kratchin 1843, rare. 3. “Bchinat HaDat,” by Rabbi ELiyahu Dil Megido, second printing with the commentary and notes by Yitzhak Shmuel Reggio, Vienna 1833, 4. Moreh Nevuchim, Pressburg 1837 5. “Moreh Nevuchei HaZman,” by Rabbi Nahman HaCohen Krachmal, Lemberg 1851. 6. “Efes Damim,” by Yitzhak Be’er Levenson, Warsaw 1879. In total, 10 books, different sizes and conditions, ok to good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 114

Tor Yoreh De’ah with “Beit Yosef,” first edition, Venice—signature and gloss of the Gaon HaRav Masud Tzermon

On the inside cover page is the cursive signature “Tzermon.” On page 260 there are two glosses with a signature, the Metzitz (the young Masud Tzermon Yeshamrahu Tzur). He studied Torah dutifully and gave answers to halachic questions; his rulings regarding negotiation in halacha were included in a book by another member of his generation, HaGaon Rabbi Shlomo Zorapho in his book of questions and answers, Sha’ar Shlomo; he compiled the book “Gur Aryeh,” chiddushim on the Shas deep into different issues, chiddushim on the Rambam, printed in Livorno 1846. Died 1866. The copy is missing the beginning, there are defects, moth damage, wear. Old leather binding is loose and damaged, pages are loose.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $100
LOT: 115

: “Mikraot Gedolot,” Prophets and Writings including Psalms, printed by Bombirgi, Venice 1547-1549

With commentaries, Targum Onkelus, Rashi, Even Ezra, Radak, and Mesorah. Two volumes: Volume 1 from page 570-685. Yehezkel –Tari Asher. End of the book of Yehezkel has a commentary on Kabbalah by the Radak. Volume 2 has from p. 687-861. Psalms, Mishlei, Job, the five Megillot (the megillot have their own title page, not present, which is different). Printed by Daniel Bombirgi, Venice. This edition was edited by Yaakov ben Haim Even Adonayhu and was used as the foundational edition for all editions that came after it. Signatures, stamps, and listing of ownership of “Binyamin bar Avraham of Liwental.” Stamp of ownership of the “Great Synagogue of Beit Yaakov” in Jerusalem. Thick, quality, bright pages, without a title page. Good condition. Stains, moth damage, and damage on a number of pages. 38cm.
Item sold at $325 Starting at $300
LOT: 116

Zohar, Salonika, 1597. Rare.

Zohar on Torah with corrections, Salonika edition. Copy is missing: in the first section, the title page and the first page only. Second section: Zohar on the Five Megillot, with title page, missing the end. Before us: (2) 112, 48, 32 page. Not bound, pages are loose. Moth damage and stains. Different defects. Generally ok to good condition. On the title page is a handwritten signature of ownership in Mizrahi lettering “This is my book, I am Reuven.”
Item sold at $260 Starting at $120
LOT: 117

Talmud Bavli, masechet Bechorot, Basel 1580

Gemara from the Talmud Bavli. The Shas of Talmud Bavli was printed in Basel between 1578-1581 in 44 volumes, including a number of volumes for Zr’aim, Kedoshim, and Taharot, which are not in the Talmud Bavli. Before us is volume 36 from this Shas. Rare. 69 page. Good condition. 35cm. New binding, stains on the title page and a number of pages, signature of ownership on thetitle page in Ashkenazi handwriting
Item sold at $1100 Starting at $1100
LOT: 118

Talmud Bavli Masechet Zvachim, Basel 1580.

121 pages, volume number 33 from this Basel edition of the Talmud Bavli. Long list on the title page in Ashkenazi handwriting ,at the end of the volume is a signature in the same handwriting, “Nahum Menahem ben Yosef Yaakov,” good condition, title page is slightly folded, stains. New binding, the upper margins on a number of pages are cut with a little damage to titles.
Starting at $1200
LOT: 119

Talmud Bavli Masechet Shabbat, Basel 1581.

Very rare, 160, 28 pages. Ok condition, damaged pages are professionally restored, almost all of the pages are torn with damage to the text (to the notes of the “Ayin Mishpat” only). Signatures and listing of ownership handwritten, page 96 is missing and added in old Ashkenazi handwriting from the paper’s period. New binding. Corrections and additions handwritten in the book.
Item sold at $2200 Starting at $2200
LOT: 120

“Tzida LaDerech” Prague 1623—only edition, very rare. Old signatures of ownership.

Exegeses on the commentary of Rashi and the Ram on the Torah and other commentaries of Rashi, by the Gaon HaRav Yisachar bar Elinburg, ba’al the Beer Sheva. Only edition, 217 page—thick volume (Winograd Prague 309). Old signatures of ownership on the title page and between the pages of the book in Sefardi and Ashkenazi handwriting, “Noam the young Meshalem Zalman, son of the Gaon and leader of the generation Yisaschar beer Oyerbach and Elinburgh, Av Beit Din and Ram of the Austerlitz community.” Maybe the signature of the compiler. Ok to good condition, new binding with spine from nice leather. The title page and a number of other pages are damaged, all professionally restored.
Item sold at $1200 Starting at $1200
LOT: 121

“Ot Emet” Prague 1624. Signature of the Rav Yosef bar Mordechai Ishiyo. Rare

Glosses and corrections of mistakes from Mechilta, Safra, Sifrei, Midrash Raba, and Tanhuma, midrash shmuel, midrash tehilim, midrash mishlei, and Yalkut Torah. Seder Kedusha, glosses on the prayers of the sefardim with a number of melodies, by HaRav Meir Benvenisti. Second edition (the first was published in Salonika, 1565). 70 [95 90] page. (Winograd Prague 310). Rare. On the title page is the signature of the Gaon RAv Yosef bar Mordechai Ishiyo, son of the Hagid Mordechai, he wrote an introduction to the book. Ok to good condition, nice title page with an architectural motif, a number of damaged pages in the margins, often with damage to letters. Binding is loose.
Starting at $900
LOT: 122

“Etz Shatul” Venice 1618, first edition, rare—gloss in Moroccan handwriting, signed Yavetz.

Commentary on the book “HaIkarim” studies on principles of faith, foundations of the religion, and the Torah, by HaRav Gedaliya Lifshitz. First edition, (1) 145 page (Winograd 1112). On page 87 there is a gloss in Moroccan handwriting signed at the end as Divrei Yavetz—seems that this is in the handwriting of the Gaon HaRav Yaakov ben Tzur, one of the great sages of Morocco in the 18th century, compiler of a book of questions and answers “Mishpat v’Tzedek b’Yaakov”. Good condition, title page has an architectural framework. Light stains, half-leather, new binding.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $600
LOT: 123

Questions and Answers by Rabbi Yosef Kolon—the Maharik. Venice 1519—first edition. Scarcely found. With signature of Gaon Rav Yedidya Shlomo Yisrael, Av Beit Din of Alexandria, friend of HaHida

(10) 233 (1) page (Winograd Venice 15). 10 pages of index are found in this ccopy that aren’t included in Winograd, but were in Friedberg 2093. First edition—very scarcely found. Foundational stories of the halacha, from the Rishonim, mentioned many times in the book of Maran HaBeit Yosef. On the title page are two cursive signatures of the Gaon Rav Yedidya Shlomo Yisrael, son of Rabbi Eliyahu Yisrael ba’al HaKol Eliyahu—in his youth he studied Torah with two luminaries, he was cousins with Rabbi Moshe Yisrael and Rabbi Yonatan Galanti. In 1812 he was accepted as the rabbi of Alexandria in Egypt and led the community for around 20 years until his death in 1831. He was eulogized in the books of the geonim of his generation, and he left a work of drashot (“Ben Yishay”) unprinted. There is an additional signature on the last page of the index—the “young Shlomo Perachi” On the key there are dozens of additions in Mizrahi handwriting from previous generations. Most pages of the book are in excellent condition, in this condition it is especially rare. Pages are colorfully cut. There are a number of defects on the first pages and moth damage on a number of pages that are professionally restored without damage to the text. Stains. Thick, quality pages. Bound in nice, new leather. 23cm.
Item sold at $3000 Starting at $3000
LOT: 124

Shulchan Aruch in 4 sections, printed by Zu’an Gripo, Venice 1567. Second edition printed by the compiler during his lifetime.

Venice edition of the Shulchan Aruch, second edition printed during the compiler’s lifetime. Four sections: Orech Hayim (title page, page 2-61), Yoreh De’ah (title page, 2-57), Even HaEzer (title page, page 2-34), Khoshen Mishpat (title page, page 2-71). Halachot only. By Maran Rabbeinu Yosef Caro, the Beit Yosef. (Winograd 552). Before us is a complete copy of the edition, corrected by the compiler, a halachic composition which is famous and extremely foundational. Included is material regarding changes in the nussach of the compiler from first editions. The first pages of the Orech Hayim section and the last few of Khoshen Mishpat have restored defects with missing but not damage to the text. On some of the pages there is damage to the pages at varying levels, but only in the margins. Stains and wear. Size 35cm. On page 2 of the Orech Hayyim there is damage to a few words from wear. Signatures of ownership and a number of glosses in Yemenite handwriting. The sections are bound together with nice, pretty leather binding.
Item sold at $13000 Starting at $13000
LOT: 125

Questions and answers by Rabbeinu Asher (the Rash), Venice 1607. Special edition, censored copy—with signature of the Gaon Kabbalist HaRav Refael Uchana, ba’al Mar’eh HaYeladim.

Third edition, this edition was extremely corrected by Maran Beit Yosef from the manuscript, with new answers printed here for the first time. As was written in the introduction, the publishers say “now, after it was days and years since the full questions and answers were printed, there were still many mistakes to be corrected, but thanks to the Rav Mohar Yosef Karo and Gaon Rav Shlomo Luria they are written in the great book of Beit Yosef. On the title page is the signature of the Gaon Rabbi Refael Uchana, one of the sages of Tiberias. Born in Morocco, immigrated to Israel, he then left for Bukhara as a representative. This copy is censored, amongst the answers there are erasures of words “goy,” “nochri,” “akum,” On the last page is the handwritten signature of the censor. On page 14 there is a note in Ashkenazi handwriting. Illustrated, nice cover page with figures of Moshe and Aaron. Excellent condition, the title page is restored. Parchment binding, restored.
Starting at $1000