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09.07.2018 - Auction 19

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LOT: 076

Yiddish journal “Der Blat” on the death of Maran HaChafetz Haim – Riga, 1934.

32 pages. Edited by Rav Pinchas ben Yehoshua Heschel Elishberg (Mir-Riga, perished in the Shoah). Second page: “Rabban of the Diaspora, Maran HaGaon HaGadol HaTzaddik Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen zt”l.” | Hard binding, partially disconnected with light missing bits of text. 34cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 077

Writings of Rav Yehuda Aryeh of Modena – first printing. Facsimile edition.

Facsimile of first edition, Budapest 1906. According to the manuscript held by the British Museum. At the end is translation into German. | Rav Yehuda Aryeh of Modena, the Ri’am (1571-1648) was a rabbi, darshan, author, and poet. He was extremely opposed to the kabbalah, and authored books on this subject. The Dardaim, led by Rav Yehiya Kapach used his texts in their battle against the kabbalah. | Elegant binding, dark & quality pages. | [4], 208, 96 pages. 22cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 078

Yedei Moshe – first printing. Facsimile edition.

Book on the Five Megillot, facsimile of the first edition, printed by Yosef Yaavetz, Salonika 1572. By Rabbi Moshe Almoshnino (1516-1580), rabbi in Salonika (Greece). Parshan and thinker. Born into a family of anusim, a student of Rabbi Yosef Taitachak, also a qualified doctor. | Elegant binding, dark & quality pages. | 246 (supposed to be 250) pages. 22cm. Very good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 079

Ot Emet – Prague, 1624. Facsimile edition.

Facsimile of the second edition (the first edition was published in Salonika in 1565). Glosses and corrections of mistakes in the Mechilta, Sifra, Sifrei, Midrash Raba and Tanchuma, Midrash Shmuel, Midrash Tehilim, Midrash Mishlei, and Yalkut Torah. “Seder Kedusha,” glosses on the order of tefillot among Sefardim, with some pizmonim. By Rav Meir Benvenisti. | Elegant binding, dark & quality pages. | 70 (supposed to be 90) pages. 36cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 080

Psalms with the commentary of the Radak – Bologna, 1477. Facsimile edition.

Original printing by Maister Yosef (and Neriya) Haim Mordechai and Chezekaya Montro. | Psalms in block lettering from an Ashkenazi type-setting. The first 8 columns have vowels (the first vowelled text in printing). The commentary uses “middle” letters from an Italian type-setting. | Rabbi David ben Yosef Kimchi (Radak—1160-1235) was a Rishon, a great parshan of the Bible and a grammarian of Hebrew. | Elegant binding, dark & quality pages. | [153] pages. 28cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $180
LOT: 081

Noam Elimelech, first edition – facsimile edition. A segula book.

By Rabbi Elimelech of Luzhinsk. The real first edition was printed by his sons Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Eliezer Lipman, at the printing house of the tzaddik Rabbi Shlomo Rapaport, Lviv 1787. In its first edition (and this facsimile edition), it was known for many segulot for those who owned it (the home of the owner, a wife giving birth). | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn, New York. Only between 1-10 facsimile editions were printed. | [4], 112, 17-28 page. 23cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $800 Starting at $180
LOT: 082

Kesef Tzaruf by Rabbi Yeshayahu Pinto – facsimile edition.

On Proverbs, first printed by Leon Templo, Amsterdam 1724. By Rabbi Pinto, the Rif (1565-1648), a sage of Syria in the 17th century. Student of Rabbi Yaakov Abulafia and certified by him – known as the Rav HaMusmach. In-law of Rabbi Haim Vittel (through his son Rabbi Shmuel). | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. [2] 99, [1] pages. 22cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 083

Milot HaHigayon of the Rambam – Venice, 1550. Facsimile edition.

A philosophic work by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, the Rambam. With two commentaries. At the end of the book is a logical explanation, a sketch in the shape of circles. Printed by Yoshtanian, Venice 1550. First edition of these commentaries. | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. 18 pages. 22cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 084

Maftechot HaZohar – Venice, 1744. Facsimile edition.

Bragadin printing, Venice. By the early kabbalistic sage Rabbi Shmuel. Published by Rabbi Yisrael Berachya Fontanilla of Reggio. Two sections in one volume. | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn New York. Only between 1-10 copies were printed. | [2], [4], 43, [1]; 48, [2] pages. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 085

Magen Avraham, only printing – facsimile edition.

Printed by Daniel Zanitti, Venice 1603. Droshim and articles by Rabbi Avraham Laniado. | Rabbi Avraham Laniado (born in 1545) moved to France and studied with Rabbi Yosef Karo, he was the student and son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Laniado, the Kli Yakar. Travelled to Venice, where he printed the book in front of us, and the Kli Yakar of his father-in-law. | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. | 180 pages, 22cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 086

Novlot Chochmah, only printing – facsimile edition.

Basel, 1630. By Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Rofeh (Yashar) of Candia. | Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Delmegido (1591-1655), known as the Yashar of Candia, was the grandson of R”a Delmegido (the Bekhinat HaDat). Was a rabbi, philosopher, and studied medicine and science. Among other things, studied with Galileo Galilei. For a number of years was the personal doctor of the Prince of Lithuania, Janos Radzivil, when he also studied other sciences and medicine, while at night studying Talmud and kabbalah. At the end of his life he was the Av Beit Din and Ram of Hamburg and Amsterdam. There were those who claimed that his reference to kabbalah was negative (as a result of his grandfather, who was opposed to kabbalah), but HaHida praises him, and says in the introduction to Metzaref L’Chochma that later rabbis read him widely. | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn NY. Printed between 1-10 facsimile copies only. | [2], [8], 208 pages. 22cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $180
LOT: 087

Nekudot HaKesef, first printing – facsimile edition.

On the Song of Songs with Ladino translation and commentaries. Bragadin printing, Venice 1619 (facsimile). By Rabbi Avraham Laniado. | Rabbi Avraham Laniado (born in 1545) moved to France and studied with Rabbi Yosef Karo, he was the student and son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Laniado, the Kli Yakar. Travelled to Venice, where he printed the book in front of us, and the Kli Yakar of his father-in-law. | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages. Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn NY. Only between 1-10 facsimile copies were printed. [2], 70 pages. 22cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 088

Sefer HaChinuch – first printing (facsimile edition).

Reasons behind and for mitzvot. First edition, printed by Daniel Bombirgi, Venice 1523. Attributed to Rabbi Aharon bar Yosef HaLevi of Barcelona. | Elegant binding, thick & quality pages, Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn NY. Only between 1-10 facsimile copies were printed. [2], [179] pages. 28cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 089

Urim v’Tumim – first printing. Facsimile edition.

Commentary on the Prophets: Isaiah and Jeremiah. First edition printed by Zanitti Daniel, Venice, 1603. By Rabbi Meir Arama, son of the Akeidat Yitzhak (Rabbi Yitzhak Abravanel quotes in his biblical commentary parts of the book Akeidat Yitzhak without citing their source. As a result, Rabbi Yitzhak’s son Rabbi Meir Arama accuses Rabbi Yitzhak Abravanel of plagiarism). | Elegant binding, dark & quality pages. | 76 pages. 22cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 090

Rashi on the Torah – incunabula. Facsimile edition.

Originally printed by Ovadia and Menashe and Binyamin of Rome, Rome 1469 according to the Winograd Registry. |Elegant binding, dark & quality pages, Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn NY. Only between 1-10 facsimile copies were printed. | [1], [214] pages. 36cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 091

Yalkut Chadash by Rabbi Yisrael of Belzitz – facsimile edition.

Kabbalistic collection by Rabbi Yisrael ben Binyamin of Belzitz, a collection from midrash of Chazal and kabbalistic stories. Printed by Uri Weibisch, Amsterdam, 1659. | Rabbi Yisrael of Belzitz, a rabbi of Belzitz, Slotzk, and Lublin. Authored also Tiferet Yisrael. Spared from the decrees of 1648, and he wrote a drasha and eulogies about those who perished. | Elegant binding, dark& quality pages, Printed by Renaissance Hebraica, Brooklyn NY. Only between 1-10 facsimile copies were printed. | [2], [1], 202, [1] pages. 23cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 092

Lisbon Tanach, 1482 – pretty facsimile edition.

Wonderful facsimile edition of the Lisbon Tanach manuscript, considered one of the finest and most sophisticated illustrated manuscripts. Decorated in a variety of colors and golden decorations, done by the sofer Shmuel Even Musa of Lisbon. Includes the Five Books of Torah, a list of the 613 mitzvot organized according to parshah, and more. The facsimile was done according to the manuscript housed at the British Library, number 2626-2628. The book is printed by high-quality paper. Published by Nahar-Mishkal and the British Library—London. Printed in Israel, 1988. At the end of the book is a long bilingual explanation on the culture of manuscripts in Jewish Portugal, by Gavriel Sad-Reina, translated by Shalom Tzabar. Given in the original cardboard case. | 184 pages; 21, 19 p. 30cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 093

Lot, 8 facsimiles of haggadot.

1. Ettingen, 1729. Written and illustrated by Yaakov ben Michael Mei Segel. In ink and watercolor on parchment. With a separate introduction by Chaya Benjamin. Published by Nahar, Tel Aviv 1985. 2. Haggadat Copenhagen, 1739. Written and illustrated by Uri Feivush Segel, a sofer in Altona and Hamburg. Published by Nahar, Tel Aviv 1986. 3. Altona, Ashkenaz 1738. Written and illustrated by Yosef ben David of Leifnik. Collected by the Rosentaliana Library, Amsterdam. Manuscript 382. Published by V. Tornovsky Ltd, Tel Aviv, 1987. 4. Or Yisrael, with translation and instructions in Judeo-Arabic and French. Printed by Machluf Nagar Susa, Tunis, 1935. With a separate introduction page, Nissan 1997. 5. Amsterdam 1737. Handwritten on parchment in printing letters. With partial translation into Yiddish. No place or year of printing. 6. With illustrations by Yosef ben David of Leifnik. Amsterdam. Translation into Spanish, instructions in Hebrew and Spanish. Published by Tornovsky, Tel Aviv. 7. Next to Pressburg, 1770. With instructions and explanations in Yiddish and Hebrew. No year or place of printing. 8. Sarajevo manuscript, illustrated, in the Sefardi tradition, from the 14th century, considered the most complex and finest Jewish manuscripts, if not in all of Jewish artistic creation. Published by Prosveta Beograd Svjetlost, Sarajevo 1983. Various sizes and conditions, generally very good.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 094

Lot of 5 books of Karaite prayer.

1. First section, prayers for shabbat and regular days. Cairo 1946. Hard binding. 2. First section, prayers for shabbat and regular days. Cairo 1946. Dust jacket binding. 3. Prayers for regular days, Cairo 1946. 4. Second section, special holidays. Ramle 1937. 5. Third section, Yom Kippur and Ten Days of “Mercy,” Cairo 1948. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 095

Set of 3 Karaite prayer books – Cairo, 1935-1946.

Set of the Karaite prayer book in three sections. 1) Regular days, evening and morning, and for shabbatot throughout the year, and instructions. With additional minhagim of Yosef bar Mordechai HaKadosh. 2) Holiday prayers. 3) Yom Kippur and the Ten Days of “Mercy,” with writings from their first and last scholars in the back. Vilna nusach, 1890. Cairo, 1935-1946. Original binding, elegant, signatures and stamps of ownership. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 096

Psalms with Yiddish translation, light blue and green pages.

Pages and the shape of the letters according to the form used by Zhitomir printings. | Original leather binding, wear on the binding. Repairs with tape. Moth marks. Cover page, page after, and the last page are missing. | [4], 220 pages. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 097

An Ancient Prayer Book with Handwritten Charts at the End for Calculation of the Jewish Calendar – Copy of the Russian Refusenik Rabbi Aharon Rabinowitz

An ancient prayer book with over 1000 pages, which encompass the entire Jewish calendar, prayers, laws and more. At the end of the prayer book are five additional handwritten leaves, which contain four charts for calculation of the Jewish calendar in order to fix the date of Jewish festivals. On the first leaf of the book are ownership stamps of "Rabbi Aharon Rabinowitz, a former refusenik in Russia, Rabbi and spiritual mentor son of the holy Gaon of Lachishan – Suprasul – Bialystok". Additional, earlier, ownership inscriptions, "Avraham David Gelberman, Klausenberg, 1895" as well as yartzheit inscriptions in scribal handwriting from 1886. The prayer book is bound in original leather binding. | The binding is partially detached. Stains, worming holes. The title page and several of the first and last leaves are missing. | [1] year; 44; 123, [12]; [6] leaves. 22 cm. Overall condition: Fair.
Starting at $100
LOT: 098

Ma’avar Yavak (Amsterdam, 18th century).

112 chapters (“Yavak” in gematriya) including prayers for a sick person, his family, and those around him when he dies and is buried. The book has a great deal of influence in the field of psikat halacha regarding the afterlife of a Jew. Divided into four articles: Sfatei Tzedek, Sfat Emet, Sfatei Ranenut, and Anan HaKetoret (Pitum HaKetorat, Korban Ta’anit, Minchat Aharon). By the Kabbalist Rabbi Aharon Berachya of Modena (died on the 25th of Tammuz, 1639), born in Modena (Italy), studied with Rabbi Hillel HaChassid of Modena and Rabbi Menachem Azarya of Pano, was among the followers of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh di Modena and Rabbi Yisrael Sarug. Certified by the sages of Tzfat. Author of Me’irei Shachar, Me’il Tzedaka, and more. Printed by Propus, (Amsterdam, 18th century?). Moth marks, first and last pages disconnected. Binding, cover page, and page before the final one are missing. | [4], 228 pages. 20cm. Ok condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 099

Lot, 2 pamphlets on prayer. Budapest.

1. Tefila Ba’ad HaCholeh with psalms and prayers for a sick person, with translation into Hungarian at the bottom of the page. Published by Talmud-Torah Budapest. 2. Psalms translated into Hungarian on facing pages, and the prayer Acheinu Kol Beit Yisrael. Published by the Jewish community of Budapest. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $100
LOT: 100

Lot of birkonim – Eastern Europe, beginning of the 20th century.

1. Beit Yitzhak, including the first and last brachot of Birkat HaMazon, for engagements and weddings, brit milah, pidyon haben, chanukkah, megillah, tefillat haderech, and more. With exegesis Mei Nefesh by Rabbi Yitzhak bar Aba HaKohen. Jacket binding. Lifshitz printing, Warsaw 1914. 2. Birkat HaMazon with the order of brachot. Translation into German on facing pages. Green binding with gilded inscriptions. Published by Mendel Salzman, Vienna. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100