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.Auction No. 6 - 29.7.2015


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LOT: 101

“The Tribe of Judah” Amsterdam 1709

“The Tribe of Judah,” stories of tribulation in which the People of Israel were intertwined in the Diaspora, by the Rabbi Shlomo ben Verga, Amsterdam 1709, 64 pages, 13cm. Important book which was printed in dozens of editions and different translations. Good condition, peeling and disconnected binding, slight defect in the title page.
Starting at $180
LOT: 102

4 Books of the Grah (the Vilna Gaon). 3 first editions, 1 with new additions and emendations.

4 books: “Emendations of the Zohar” with corrections from the new Zohar, with exegesis of the Gra, Vilna, 1867. First edition, (5) 172, 52 pages. Excellent condition, 2 title pages, the first in an architectural framework, beautiful and handsome. Signatures of ownership. 2. “Elijah’s Voice) book including innovations on the Torah and the Book of Ruth and masechtot of the Shas, from the Gra, Pietrekov, 1905, first edition. Good condition, handwritten signatures of ownership. 3. “Book of Modesty” with exegesis of the Gra, Vilna, 1882 with additions by his student HaMaharmesh and comments from Rav Eliyahu from Kalish that weren’t printed in the first edition. 4. “Yahel Or” known by the name “Hadarat Kadesh” including exegeses on the Zohar and Temples and more, from the Gra, accompanied by the book “The Soul of David” by HaRav David Luria. Vilnius, 1882. First edition, good condition. In total 4 books in 3 volumes, different sizes.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 103

“He Blessed Isaac” Book from Venice 1763—signed

The book “Birech Yitzhak,” “nice drashim [explanations] based on the golden foundations of the Shas and those clinging to it” by the Gaon HaRav Yitzhak Bracha described by the great rabbis of Aleppo in their introduction “The wonderous and elderly wordsmithing rabbi who moves mountains..” Venice, 1763, first edition. This book is full and overflowing with wonderful ideas integrating halacha, drashim, wordplay, morality, and legends with great proficiency in books of the Rishonim and Achronim, the Rabbi of Rebbe Avraham Stahon who passed to Avraham mystical secrets. The title page of the book is signed (partly missing) by hand and is sealed with an copy of a curly signature—it would appear to be the signature of the Rav David Amado from the great Rabbis of Salonika, who composed the book Psalm for David “Tehila L’David.” Worn binding, defective. Wetness in the upper margins sometimes with damage to the text.
Starting at $70
LOT: 104

.Sefer "Otzer Nechmad" Venecia 1760

Sefer "Otzer Nechmad" Venecia 1760. No binding, defects and Moth damage.
Starting at $70
LOT: 105

Sefer "Etzba Ktana" Izmir 1876.

Sefer "Etzba Ktana" Izmir 1876. Rare, No binding, excellent condition.
Starting at $70
LOT: 106

Sefer "Chazon Nachom" Kushta 1745- Rare.

Sefer "Chazon Nachom" Kushta 1745- Rare.The Original leather binding is worn. There are Clasps, but no straps. On some of the pages there is a little moth damage and stains.
Starting at $180
LOT: 107

Book “Commentary on the Rambam” of Rabbi David Arama, Amsterdam-1706. Signatures of the Sefardi sages.

“Commentary on the Rambam” by HaRav David Arama, Amsterdam 1706, (2) 85 pages, 18cm. Rabbi David Arama, born in Salonika in the year 1525, his important exegesis was written when he was 20 years old (see the introduction) and the great Achronim utilize his writings—one of the most important commentaries on the Rambam. On the title page of the book is the signature of the Rav Shlomo Haim Carmi—from the judges of Livorno in the year 1740, the brother of the Gaon Rebbe Mordechai Carmi HaMa’amar Mordechai, he also wrote an introduction to his brother’s book, compiled the book Heshek Shlomo. An additional signature on the title page “To A. Koni HaTzvi from Davash”—the Rabbi David ben Shimon from the known rabbis of Egypt compiled the book “The Gate of the Garden” “Gate of the Commander” and more, father of Rabbi Rafael Aaron ben Shimon who compiled “Nahar Mitzra’im” (The River of Egypt.” Additional signatures on the titles page, moth damage and dark and big stains.
Starting at $80
LOT: 108

Edut Biyehosef 2 sections with Lekach tov, Livorno 1800

Edut Biyehosef part 1- Explanations on the Gemara Sections on Baba Metzia. Part 2-Q&A's (2 separate title pages) by rabbi Yosef Ben Samon with Lekach Tov (in separate title page) Q&A in Halacha from the son rabbi Shem Tov Ben Samon Livorno
Item sold at $80 Starting at $80
LOT: 109

Sefer "Nahar Shalom" , Amsterdam 1775, Lone Additon.

Sefer "Nahar Shalom" , Amsterdam 1775, Lone Additon. Generally good condition, Moth damage on several pages, new binding.
Starting at $120
LOT: 110

.Sefer Sheelot Vetshuvot" Halachot Ktanot" Venecia 1704. First Addition. With Harav Eliyahu Lavie's Signature.

.Sefer Sheelot Vetshuvot" Halachot Ktanot" Venecia 1704. First Addition. With Harav Eliyahu Lavie's Signature. Moth Damage and stains.
Starting at $100
LOT: 111

Sefer "Leket Shmuel" Venecia 1694. Unique edition, rare.

Sefer "Leket Shmuel" Venecia 1694. Unique edition, rare. Fair condition, with stains.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 112

Sefer "Berchai Yosef" Gaon Hachida, Leverno 1774, First Edition- Rare.

Sefer "Berchai Yosef" Gaon Hachida, Leverno 1774, First Edition- Rare. Fair condition, stains, Moth damage, worn binding.
Starting at $200
LOT: 113

“Blessings of Joseph” compiled in Livorno 1776, by the Gaon HaHida, first edition—RARE

The book “Blessings of Joseph” is part of two additions and exegeses on the Shulchan Aruch which shows the opinion of Ebenezer and Hoshen Mishpat, with updates to the halakha by the great sages of the world, from handwriting that HaHida saw in archaic libraries. From the Gaon HaRav Haim Yosef David Azoulay (HaHida), Livorno 1776, first edition printed by the Gaon during his lifetime, (1) 121 113 pages. 29 cm. Rare. On the last page is a poem of dedication to the compiler by his student HaRav Gavriel Fireera de Leon. This book of HaHida turned into a central pillar in deciding halakha, and is remembered by all the poskim who followed in their books. This first edition is extremely rare. Good condition, a few moth marks, stains, new binding.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 114

“Complete Sacrifices” with the Book “The Purity of the Silver”, Livorno 1858, controversial, with the sanctification of the compiler

The book “Complete Sacrifices” is an exegesis on the Rambam on the laws of shchita (ritual slaughter) by the Rabbi Avraham Ankaooh, Livorno 1858, with the book “The Purity of the Silver” (separate title page), Livorno 1860. The book “Complete Sacrifices” raises great opposition, the Rav Moshe Tzivon, rabbi in Oran (Algeria) wrote a legal decision against two of the exegeses of HaRav Ankaooh (“Other Silver” and “Complete Sacrifices”) and claimed that they were distorted and erroneous and it was illegal to rely on them and illegal for a person to hold them in his house, things got so bad that people tore the book into pieces and put in the pieces meat and intestines and made from it paper for cigarettes. The Rav Ankaooh printed the legal decision of HaRav Tzivon on the first page of “The Purity of the Silver” (this page is missing in many copies and is added here in a copy) and afterwards printed answers from rabbis from many communities in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Jerusalem who supported the Rabbi Ankaooh. Later in the composition the Rav Ankaooh refutes HaRav Tzivon and his faction, though the controversy over “Complete Sacrifices” continued in North Africa for many years and the sages of Tunisia declared a ban on the book. These compositions are very important for the genealogies and histories of the rabbis of North Africa (in the introduction to “Complete Sacrifices” the author mentions dozens of sages and rich men of Algeria and Morocco). On the title page of “Complete Sacrifices” is the dedication of the compiler (a little defective) and his signature. Good condition, a few stains.
Item sold at $80 Starting at $80
LOT: 115

“Gap of the Generation,” questions and answers of the Rambam, Amsterdam 1765. First edition, rare.

“Gap of the Generation” (Pa’ar HaDor) is questions and answers from the Rambam, published from handwritten notes of HaRav Mordechai Tama, the grandson of Rabbi Eliezer Nachum, compiler of the book “Prophecy of Nahum,” Amsterdam 1765, first edition, 14 (1) 56 pages, 25cm. (Winograd 1856). Here the Rambam replies to questions on every facet of the Torah, answers to questions on his book “With a strong hand,” in his 41st answer the Rambam opens with figurative language and afterwards tells the story of his preoccupations and sicknesses. With a long introduction by HaRav Yaakov Shashfortz (the grandson of HaYedu’a), with dedicatory poems by many poets from the Amsterdam Jewish community. On the title page is the signature of the Rav Avraham Abukara—a Gaon and famous man from the sages and rabbis of Tunis, compiler of the book “Ben Avaraham” in Livorno 1882. Good condition, with a strengthening of the spine which is peeling from the binding. Faded signature.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 116

“Laws of Yom Tov” from Maharit Alghazi, Livorno 1794. First edition.

“Laws of Yom Tov” is a book on the laws of the first born, starting from the Ramban, with a long exegesis by HaRav Yom Tov Alghazi (tz”l), the friend of HaHida, Livorno 1794, first edition, 215 pages. The Hatam Sofer wrote about the Maharit: “and the land was illuminated in his honor from this composition which is called ‘Laws of Yom Tov’ on the firstborn and excels in increasing its resourcefulness. From the first days of the King to the day of its composition a book of this quality had not been seen.” The book is in good condition, except for a few bits of moth damage. Original binding with water stains. An additional book of this compiler is in the catalogue, lot no. 186.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 117

“Voice of the Ramaz,” on Mishna, Warsaw 1861.

The book “Voice of the Ramaz” is a wonderful commentary on the six sidrei Mishnah, by the Kabbalist Reb Moshe Z’hut, Warsaw 1861. 2nd edition (first edition was printed in Amsterdam 1719). Important composition, a complete and nice copy.
Starting at $70
LOT: 118

“Mishnah of the Sages” Wannseebeck 1733. First edition.

“Mishnat Hahamim” (Mishnah of the Sages) gives enlightenment on the 48 foundations of acquisition by which the Torah is acquired, by the Rav Moshe Hageez (HaMeni’ah), Wannseebeck 1733, first edition (1) 138 pages. The compiler: son of Rabbi Yaakov Hageez (compiler of Halakhot Ketanot—“Small Halakhot”), was born in Jerusalem in the year 1672, received the Torah by the old head of the rabbis of Jerusalem Rabbi Moshe Galanti (HaMagen) and from the words of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhaki, the rabbi travelled in exile for 50 years: Italy, Holland and Ashkenaz; and was very active for Hashem and the Torah, writing also “Questions and Answers Regarding the Two Breads (Challah)” “Collection of the Flour” and more, had a great friendship with the sage Tzvi and his son Rabbi Yaakov Amadin, fought a righteous war against the Sabbatai Zevi messianic movement which grew in his time, according to the writings of HaHida he lived almost 90 years. Rare and important book, a few bits of moth damage.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 119

“Tirat Kesef” (Silver Castle) Salonika 1736. Only edition, rare.

“Tirat Kesef,” with drashot (explanations) on the order of the Torah and obituaries, by the Rav Haim Avraham Gatiniev, Salonika 1736, only edition, and rare. (2) 320 pages, 31 cm. (Winograd 234). The compiler is from the rabbis and sages of Salonika, was born in the year 1660 approximately, to his father Rabbi Benvensheti. In his old age he was a Holy Kabbalist from the righteous of Salonika, died in the year 1711, compiled also “Tzror HaKesef,” questions and answers on Torah, in Salonika 1756. Divided into 2 bindings, ok condition, moth damage. One of the rare Salonika books.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 120

Books “The Sanctuaries” on the Prophets, by the Gaon Aram Tzuba, HaRav Shmuel Laniado, Venice between the years 1603-1657. First edition, scarce.

“Kli Yakar” (“An Expensive/Dear Tool), a broad, comprehensive exegesis on the first prophets, by HaRav Shmuel Laniado, Venice 1603, first edition, (1) 3-565 pages, (Winograd 962). Before us the copy was divided into three bindings. 2. “Kli Paz” (“Gold Tool”) on the Book of Isaiah, by HaRav Shmuel Laniado, Venice 1657, (1) 256 pages, only edition, (Winograd 1330), missing the title page. There are signatures on the title “the young Yitzhak Motzri,” “the young Rahamim Motzri,” “Avraham Tuviana bar Aaron.” Throughout the book there are more than 10 long comments full of material on the Torah of which most of their content came from a great sage of the Torah. The compiler was nicknamed “Ba’al HaKelim” (Owner of the Tools): was from amongst the greats of Aleppo in the 17th century, at the time of the Arizal, HaAshlich, HaMaharhav and the Maharit, was sent by Rabbi Yosef Caro to be anointed the rabbi of Aleppo and wrote to the heads of the community “I have sent to you a man who is like me.” He died in the year 1610 approximately, is mentioned in the questions and . 4 volumes, ok to good conditions, moth damage, stains, at the end of Kli Yakar are missing 3 pages.
Item sold at $400 Starting at $400
LOT: 121

“Zechor L’Avraham” Parts 1 & 3, Salonika 1798, 1815. With handwriting in the binding.

2 parts. 1. “Zechor L’Avraham” part 1, research on halakha and remembrances, organized alphabetically, on discussions between the Orech Haim and Yore De’ah, by the Rabbi Avraham Elkala’i, Salonika 1798, first edition, (2) 263 (3) pages, 19cm (Winograd 467). In the binding of the book a page is glued and on it is written explanations for shabbos. Signature in Mizrahi handwriting on the title “Aaron Meir Moyel Sefardi Tahor” The original leather binding is worn, moth and water damage. 2. “Zechor L’Avraham” part 3, systems of halakha in the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch, by the same rabbi, Salonika 1815, first edition, (2) 165 pages, (Winograd 619). Good condition, a few bits of moth damage, a number of comments in sefardi/Spanish handwriting.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 122

“Toldot Aharon” (Genealogies of Aaron)—Amsterdam 1652, with “Toldot Yaakov” (Genealogies of Jacob), first edition

“Toldot Aharon” shows a location for each of the verses in the Torah, Prophets, and Writings found in a systematic order, by the rabbi Aharon from Pesaro, with “Toldot Yaakov” (with a different title page) which shows a location for all of the verses given in the Yerushalmi Talmud, by the rabbi Yaakov Shashfortz, Amsterdam 1652. First edition of “Toldot Yaakov,” 192, 32 pages, 18cm. (Winograd Amsterdam 205 206). Worn, peeled, old binding, much moth damage especially in the internal margins with damage to the text.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 123

“Havatzelet HaSharon” (Rose of the Sharon), commentary on the Book of Daniel, Venice 1592.

“Havatzelet HaSharon,” a commentary on the book of Daniel (with the body of the text), by HaRav Moshe Alashikh (HaAlashikh HaKadosh), Venice 1592, second edition, 110 pages (Winograd 769). Worn and disconnected leather binding, much moth damage.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 124

“Mashalei Sho’alim” (Proverbs of Foxes) Berlin 1755

The book “Mashalei Sho’alim” by Rabbi Brahiyah HaNakdan, proverbs which give an enlightening moral in rhymes and poems, Berlin 1755 (1) 61 pages, 16cm. The title page is a sketch with two foxes and a lion lounging underneath them, signature of ownership on the page before the title page “Yehuda Aryeh collecting essays and writings for Alexander” and a signature with the acronym Yaban. Good condition, worn and disconnected leather binding, loose pages.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 125

“Ma’aseh Tuvya” Venice 1707, first edition.

The book “Ma’aseh Tuvya” on astronomy and medical research by the author Tuvya the Doctor, Venice 1707, first edition. Drawings and many diagrams, on page 106 a complete diagram of the human body and its internal organs with a kabbalistic analogue to a multi-story building. The copy is missing the title page and the 4 first pages and the 2 last pages (the table of contents has errors) and they have been replaced with copies, other than that it is in ok to good condition, stains and light defects, 2 title pages of parts 2 and 3 are there, bound with a new binding.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $150