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05.09.2018 - Auction 20

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LOT: 026

Shot Radbaz—Furth, 1781.

Third section, by David ben Solomon ibn (Abi) Zimra —the Radbaz. Wood cutting on the cover of Moses and Aaron. Printed by Itzik and the printer’s orphans. | The Radbaz (1479-1574), Av Beit Din and leader of Egyptian Jewry and author of the Shot HaRadbaz, was the one who abolished the use of the Seleucid dating system in the Egyptian Jewish community and reintroduced the dating of years from Creation, as was done in other Jewish communities and continues to be done until the present day. Among his well-known students was Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenazi, author of the Shita Mekubetzet. The Maharikash was also his student, and the Ari also studied under him in Egypt. | Half-leather binding, stamps of ownership. Stains. [1], 58, 41-46, [2] pages. 34cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 027

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.
Starting at $120
LOT: 028

Misrat HaMasoret, Zulzbach 1731.

By Rabbi Eliyahu bar Asher HaLevi HaAshkenazi, with endorsements from sages of Metz and Furth. Cover with decorative frame. 35 pages. 17cm. Binding detached, stains, ok to good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 029

Set of the Four Turim—Meziboz, 1818-1822. With endorsement of the Ohev Yisrael of Aphtha.

Wonderful set of four volumes of the Four Turim (Orech Hayyim, Yoreh De’ah, Choshen Mishpat, Even HaEzer). With endorsement of the Admor Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel, the Ohev Yisrael of Aphtha, who was rabbi of Meziboz. On light-green paper, light and of good quality. Rabbinical signatures of ownership. Half-leather, new binding. A few signs of moth marks. One volume (Choshen Mishpat Part 1) is missing. | 278; 277; 159; 137 pages. 36cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $1000
LOT: 030

Zikaron Avraham, Lemberg 1837. Only edition.

Chiddushei Halacha in abbreviated question and answer form. By Rabbi Avraham HaLevi, Av Beit Din of Orla. With a comprehensive exegesis, Merapeh La’Einayim by Rabbi Azriel, Av Beit Din of the Polish States. Rabbi Azriel got sick and became blind, and thus called his commentary “healing the eyes,” with an endorsement from the Yeshuot Yaakov. At the end of the book are appended two pamphlets with separate covers, “Mar’it Ayin” and “Lir’ot Mehera.” | Balavan printing. | [1], 14, [1]; 5; 7, [1] pages. 29cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 031

Lot, 2 early works of zmirot for Shabbat – Frankfurt-am-Mein

With vowels, instructions, and explanations. One edition from 1908, the other from 1922. Printed by Verlag Von J. Kauffmann. Bound in hardcover, original. Different sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 032

Lot, 2 copies of the book Chovat HaShmira by Maran Chafetz Chaim, first edition—Paltova, 1918.

On guarding one’s tongue. Printed by the widow and Rabinowitz brothers. At the end of the book is a prayer to be saved from Lashon Hara and gossip composed by the Chafetz Chaim to be said every day after tefilla. 14 pages. 22cm. Different conditions, generally ok to good.
Starting at $100
LOT: 033

Lot of first editions, Kinat Hashem Tzva’ot by the Ramchal and Magen Vetzina bound together.

1. Kinat Hashem Tzva’ot—introduction to kabbalah. The Ramchal saw a need to publish this holy book because many fell in under the false prophet Shabtai Zvi, and thus wanted to “destroy the lie and remove the misbeliefs that caused people to fail” [Koenigsberg 1862]. First edition. 2. Magen Vezina, a debate and proofs regarding the Zohar, by Rabbi Isaac Haver, student of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov, student of the Vilna Gaon. On page 63 are printed collections from the Gra on the idea of Tzimtzum. On page 35 is printed the story of the dybbuk of Stolovitz. Koenigsberg 1855, first edition. Stamp of ownership of the Gaon Rabbi Haim Berlin, see more about him elsewhere in this catalogue. | Half-leather binding. First and last pages detached. Moth marks. 32, VIII page; 1-64, 64-78 page. 18cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 034

Mekor Haim bound with Petach HaOhel—Aden, 1893/4. Two pages on kabbalah, handwritten.

Halachot of shechita and treifut, by Rabbi Yehi Tzalach (the Maharitz). Bound with Petah HaOhel, halachot of Gittin, by Rabbi Yehi ben Yosef Amud, Aden 1894. Separate cover for each. Signatures of ownership. Page before the cover is written on both sides in Mizrahi handwriting on kabbalah. | [8], 137; 63 pages. 20cm. Original binding. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 035

Ancient Shulchan Aruch—partially missing copy.

Small format, includes Choshen Mishpat starting from siman 157 until the end, including the colophon “the author said.” With glosses of the Rama. Two columns per page. Headings of the simanim are in block printing, the text is in Rashi script. Missing cover. | Original leather binding, worn, with a clasp for closing. Stains. Partially missing copy. Rare. | 113-242 pages. 16cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 036

Lot of 3 books from Aden printings.

1. Ketzat Yosef HaTzaddik, Judeo-Arabic. By Moshe Aharoni, printed by Menachem Evotz and Partners, Aden 1905. 2. Zikaron HaNefesh, for studying in the home of a deceased. By Yaakov HaKohen, printed by Menachem Evotz and Partners, Aden 1893. 3. Esther HaMalka, in Judeo-Arabic. From a manuscript by Rabbi Yosef Al-Tubrani, printed in Aden in 1929. Dust jacket binding. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $300
LOT: 037

Lot of various booklets from Tunis, 19-20th centuries.

Judeo-Arabic, sections of poems and kinot. Printings from 1895, 1994,1902, 1909, 1901, 1900, including things such as HaTikva, other poems and songs, piyyutim, kiddush leil sukkot, others—more than 20 booklets and pieces of paper, generally good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 038

Lot, 5 books bound together—Lemberg 1848-1851.

1. Zmirot of Shabbat with the commentary Mateh Yehuda in Yiddish. Printed by Yosef Schneider. 1851. 2. Barchi Nafshi with Hebrew-Yiddish translation. 1850. 3. Seder Birkat HaMazon and Kriyat Shma, with Hebrew-Yiddish translation. As printed in Slavita. Lemberg 1849. 4. Seder Hoshanot, with a commentary in Yiddish. 1849. 5. Pesach Haggadah, with Hebrew-Yiddish translation, Zolkiew, a city in the Lviv province of Ukraine. 1848. [36]; [16]; [24]; 24; [20] pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $120
LOT: 039

Lot of 3 books bound together—Sadilkov.

1. Sefer HaYashar by Rabbeinu Ram. Printed by Rav Yitzhak Isaac Weizen Fuld. 2. Sefer Zechira and Inyanei Segula. By Rabbi Zecharya Falingian. Printed by Rav Yitzhak Isaac Weizen Fuld. 3. Zot Torat HaAdam, by Rabbi Aharon the Chassidei Avot. Printed by Rav David the Printer. 1835/6. Dark/light-green pages. Stamps, listings. Colorful page cutting. Upper margins are cut off. | 18cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 040

Meshech Chochma, Riga, 1927. First edition.

By the Gaon Rabbi Simcha HaKohen of Dvinsk. Reinforcement with tape on the cover page. Cardboard bindings is partially detached, missing the spine. Brown pages, good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 041

Kriyah HaKedosha, New York 1919. First edition with dedication of the author.

Halachot of reading the torah by Rabbi Yehuda Yodel Rosenberg bar Yisrael Yitzhak, a descendent of Rabbeinu Yehuda HaChassid. On the interior binding is a handwritten dedication signed by the author. Rav Yehuda Yodel Rosenberg (1860-1936, Montreal, Canada) was known as a sage and wonderful student, and nicknamed the “Ilui of Skarichev.” Became famous for his composition on the Prague Golem, titled “Wonders of the Maharal.” Cover page detached. Good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 042

Talmud Bavli Masechet Brachot with German translation—Berlin 1842—only edition. ASDFAS

Includes a long introduction to the Talmud, and to Masechet Brachot in Hebrew with a matching translation in German. “With German translation and Rashi’s commentary and Tosafot and all the famous notes from the Rav HaLevush and Gaon Rav Yeshaya Berlin and Rav Gaon Eliyahu Vilna.” This edition of the Shas was a continued attempt by the Maskilim to change and alter the way Jewish texts were studied, starting with Mendelssohn’s commentary on the Tanach and continuing with this edition, Dr. Feiner’s attempt to reveal aspects of the Talmud without recourse to halacha. He overthrew many sages by going to many distant places that hadn’t heard of him, spreading his message and misinforming them, resulting in some giving him endorsements erroneously. Even the leader of those fighting the Haskala, the Chatam Sofer, wrote him an endorsement, until it became known what the man’s true intentions were, and then the Chatam Sofer published a public letter urging Dr. Feiner to cease publishing the erroneous Talmud. The letter resulted in a new front against the translation, and the publication of this Shas ceased. The only volume printed is the one before us, dedicated to Czar Nicholas the First of Russia, who ordered 100 copies. The list of subscribers appears at the front of the book, including princes, nobles, and leading figures from Europe. | Dr. Ephraim Moses Feiner, a Jewish Maskil in the 19th century, wrote widely on archaeology, Talmudic criticism, and the rights of the Jews in Europe. Before he became secular he was a student of Rabbi Yaakov of Lisa. | Original binding is worn, covered in cloth. Two covers, in black and red ink. Hebrew and German on facing pages. Stains. Stamps. | [8], 16, 24 pages, 64, 87 pages. 44cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 043

Siddur Vaya’ash Avraham, first edition-Lodz, 1936.

Nusach according to the Admor Gaon Avraham Avdat of Chechnov, by the Admor’s grandson Rabbi Menachem Mendel Haim Landau, Av Beit Din of Zeviersk, edited by his grandson Rabbi Yaakov Werdiger. Two covers. Before the cover is a facsimile page of the letter handwritten by the Rav of Chechnov to his son. At the end of the book are 7 pages in memory of those murdered in the Shoah. | Page cutting is not straight. [7], 512, [1] page. 25cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 044

Lot of pages and remnants from pages from the Book of Proverbs. Napoli 1487. Incunabula.

Taken from a genizah. With commentary of Rabbi Emmanuel ben Shlomo the Roman. Printed in Napoli. Total of 11 pages and bits of pages. Generally bad to ok condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $180
LOT: 045

Yosifon—Constantinople, 1510. Extremely rare, partially missing copy.

History of Israel in the Second Temple period and the Jewish Wars with the Romans. By Yosef ben Gurion HaKohen, printed by David and Shmuel Nehemias. Rare. | Leather binding, page cutting is not straight. Professional repair. Partially missing, there are 117 pages out of 154. 18cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $3000 Starting at $3000
LOT: 046

Sefer HaRif on Seder Mo’ed, printed by Daniel Bombirgi, Venice 1521, hundreds of glosses.

Some of the notes are very long, probably the handwriting of a student at an Italian yeshiva during the time of the book’s printing. With copies from mesorat hashas and more. Author of the notes was not checked thoroughly. Illustrated cover with a wood engraving. Some of the pages have moth marks with damage to text, original leather binding, a little worn. Ok condition.
Item sold at $2600 Starting at $2000
LOT: 047

Lot of pages from a book of calculating leap years, Constantinople 1564, first edition. Rare.

Includes years from 1439 until the end of the world, by Rabbi Issachar Even-Shushan. According to the introduction written by the author for the second edition and printed by himself in Venice, 1579, the book before us originates in a manuscript that was stolen from him and printed without his permission. Sections are filled in by hand on four pages. Some of the pages are in bad condition, burnt margins in most of the pages, not bound, damage and wear. Detached pages.
Starting at $250
LOT: 048

. Kol Bo—Venice, 1567.

Halachot and minhagim from the period of the Rishonim. By one of the great Rishonim, printed by Zorzei di Cabali, Venice 1567. This is a fundamental work of halacha, accepted widely in the Diaspora. The book deals with issues of brachot, prayers, minhagei shabbatot and holidays, marriage, funding, sustenance, and mourning. Included in the book is one of the earliest exegeses on the Pesach Haggadah. The book is attributed to the Ribash, though the Hida rejects this possibility. There are those who say that Rabbi Aharon HaKohen of Lunil wrote it. The book Koreh HaDorot writes that there are those who say that an educated woman wrote the book. | Signatures and listings of ownership, among them is ancient Mizrahi handwriting. Moth damage. Binding and fourth page are missing. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 049

Chumash Bereishit Shmot, Genoa, 1617-18.

Volume includes the books of Genesis, Exodus from the Five Books of Torah. Separate cover for each. Printed by Kapa Ilan, Genoa. The chumashim have vowels, with ta’amim. The first word of every chumash is framed by illustrations. Quality paper, with stains, detached pages, tear without missing text on the last page. Binding partially missing. 10cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $180
LOT: 050

HaLevushim—Prague 1610. First edition.

Levush Ir Shushan (section) on the Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat. By Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh the “Ba’al HaLevushim.” Printed by Moshe bar Betzalel Katz Mehokek. First edition of the Levush Ir Shushan, printed during the life of the author. Warning by the HaLevushim and the symbol of the printers. The Chafetz Haim writes in his book Nidchei Yisrael (Chapter 23) that Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh nicknamed his book Levushim because of an event that occurred: Rabbi Mordechai was good-looking, and one of the women of the Christian aristocracy was attracted to him. She invited him to her home for business purposes, locked him in her home, and demanded that he accede to her. He refused utterly, and after she refused to release him he escaped via the sewer, and all ten articles of his clothing were completely destroyed. In memory of the event he wrote ten books called “Levushim.” | Stains from moisture, moth damage. New binding, reinforcement with tape. Stamps of ownership. | 207 pages. 31cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $120