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Auction No. 7 - 28.10.2015


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LOT: 026

“Questions and Answers of the Radbaz”, Venice 1749—first edition. Special copy.

Book of questions and answers of the Nesher HaGadol the head of Golat Ariel, HaRav David ben Zamra (Radbaz), 1828 questions and answers, 75 on the language of the Rambam, indices according to subjects. Venice 1759, first edition (2) 129 pages (Winograd 1860).This book was published by HaRav David Ashkenazi, the rabbinical representative of Jerusalem in Italy, son of the Gaon Ba’al Eshel Avraham, compiler of commentary on the Zohar, from stacks of handwritten letters of the Radbaz. HaRav MaMool received certificates from the leaders of Jerusalem, Venice, and Livorno, with permission from the rabbis of Venice. Handsome copy in excellent condition—like new—with gilted page cuttings with flowery and geometric etchings on its spine. This special copy was seemingly designed for one of the big donors for the book’s publication. New binding.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 027

Set of 3 books of additions of the Ritba to the Shas. 2 first editions with the signature of the Kabbalist HaRav Menahem Natan Auerbach. With additions of the Holy Shala on masechet Eruvin.

1. Additions of the Ritba on masechet Yevamot, Livorno 1787, first edition published by HaRav Yosef Nataf by request of the Gaon HaHida as he states in his introduction to the book. With certificates of approval from the rabbis of Livorno. (5) 204 (1) pages. Excellent condition, new binding. 2. Additions of the Ritba on masechtot Taanit and Mo’ed Katan, Prague 1812, first edition, 54 pages (Friedberg 191). Good condition. 3. Additions of the Ritba on masechet Eruvin, with additions in order of the page by HaRav Yeshaya Sagal ba’al HaShala and his son HaRav Sheftel ba’al Vei Ha’Amudim. Yosefof in letters of Salonika, 1859. On the title page of the book is the signature of the Gaon and Kabbalist HaRav Menahem Natan Auerbach—compiler of the books ‘Orech Ne’eman’ in four sections, on the Shulchan Aruch and more, was the Rabbi of the Ruhama neighborhood in Jerusalem, one of the close friends of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, relative by marriage of HaRav Yosef Haim Zonenfeld, rabbi of the Haredi movement in Jerusalem. Good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 028

Lot of 3 important books of Halacha

1. “HaAruch Masach” on Tur Yoreh De’ah, by the Gaon HaRav Shabbtai HaCohen Ba’al HaSafti Cohen with glosses of “Minhat Aaron” by his grandson HaRav Aharon bar Moshe. Sedilkav 1820. Good condition, margins of the title page are cut without damage to the text, signatures and lists in Ashkenazi handwriting. 2. Sefer “Torat HaBayit” compiled by Rabbeinu Shlomo ben Aderet—HaRashba, Vienna 1811, moth damage, signature in the title page in Ashkenazi handwriting “HaKodesh Moshe Tzvi Lichtman” 3. “Ohalei Shem” on halachot of gitin, with names of men and women called “shem yosef” by HaRav Shlomo Gintzfried of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Lvov 1907. On the page before the title page there is handwriting on issues regarding the names of the gittin, with stamps of ownership of “HaRav Binyamin Trachman,” “Meir Alter.” Ok condition, defects, torn page.
Starting at $100
LOT: 029

Sefer “Tosefet Shabbat” first edition, Frankfurt on the Oder, 1767—with handwriting by HaRav Yosef Zundell of Salantai.

Additional arguments and exegeses on the laws of Shabbat and eruvin for legal and practical purposes by HaRav Refael Meizlish Rabad of Arhov. 142 pages (Winograd 342). An important halachic text, cornerstone of the laws of Sabbath and eruvin and important exegeses on the Shulchan Aruch and the Magen Avraham in these halachot. With many certificates from great rabbis of Israel, and from the Nuda B’Yehuda (Yechezkel Landau) who writes “and how many times I have argued with it and I found it full of the word of God, this is a text of halacha and mishna…” On the title page of the book is a handwritten dedication by HaRav Yosef Zundel of Salantai “donated by HaRav Yisrael Isser of Hordna to the Midrash Menahem Zion.” Moth damage on a number of pages, new binding.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 030

Lot 2 important books by HaRav Yisrael HaLevi of Zamość. Commentary on the Kuzari and on Hovat Halevavot—first edition

1. “Hovat Halevavot” with commentary on “Tov HaLevanon” by HaRav Yisrael HaLevi of Zamość, Vienna 1809. First edition, 211 pages. Good condition. Isolated moth damage. Signatures of ownership on the title page in Ashkenazi handwriting. 2. The Kuzari by the Sefardi Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi with the lengthy and important commentary “Otzer Nehmad” by HaRav Yisrael HaLevi of Zamość, Sudilkov 1834. Throughout the commentary there are many charts of the orbit around the sun, the zodiac, and more. (2) 164 page, moth damage on a number of pages. Title page with engraving in red ink. Listing in Ashkenazi handwriting on the title page “for the Midrash Menahem Zion,” seems to be in the handwriting of HaRav Zundel of Salant.
Starting at $100
LOT: 031

. Questions and Answers “Hatam Sofer” Pressburg 1841—first book of the Hatam Sofer—nice copy.

Book of the Hatam Sofer from 1596, questions and answers on Yore De’a, printed by Anton Shamid. (4) 153 (5) page. Signatures of ownership on the title page in Ashkenazi handwriting, copy in excellent condition, 38cm.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 032

Lot of 2 important books from the 1600s

(1) “Ratzuf Ahava” with additions in the name of “Aperion Shlomo”, emendations and notes on the stories of the Shas, by the Gaon Rabbi Nissim Shlomo Algazi, Frankfurt D’Adra 1692, first edition, 2 title pages, the 2nd is illustrated with nice engravings, 104 pages (Winograd 58). HaRav Shlomo Algazi: a great Gaon in the study of miracles, in his book “Names of the Greats” HaHida writes that “the peppery and deaf Rabbi heard the wonders of the rabbi z”l and secluded himself carefully.” Compiled many incredible genius works including: “Understanding Rumor” (Yavin Shmuah), “Love of the World” (Ahavat Olam), Hamon Raba, “Passion of the Eyes” (Ta’avah La’Einayim), Shama Shlomo, and others. HaHida gave them the symbol “Shlomo Algazi” zlh”h (his memory for the World to Come). Many of the greatest of the generations are quoted in his writings. Moth damage on a number of pages, stamp of ownership in Ashkenazi handwriting. (2) “Toldot Yitzhak”, commentary on the Torah by the scholar Rabbi Yitzhak Caro, the old leader of Beit Yosef, who studied Torah endlessly and sat amongst the greatest of Israel in Kashtila. Amsterdam 1708. (2) 136 pages. Moth damage. New binding.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 033

Set of 2 books printed in Shkloŭ

1. Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Tzra’im, with commentary by the Gaon HaRav Eliyahu ben Mehorar Yehuda Leib, 1812, good condition. Lone bits of moth damage and stains. 2. “Midrash Raba” of the Book of Numbers (BaMidbar), with commentary of the Rav Matanot Kehuna Yedei Moshe and a beautiful summary and commentary of Zera Avraham, 1812-1814. With symbol of the printer in the center of the title page. No binding, title page is damaged, wear on a number of pages.
Starting at $120
LOT: 034

Set of 6 important books from Vilnius and Grodno printing

1. Beit Avraham by the famous Gaon HaRav Avraham Danzig (ba’al HaHai Adam), Vilnius and Grodno 1834, second edition—rare. Bound with “Zichro Torat Moshe,” same author (missing title page), 1829. 2. “Sha’arei Kedusha” of the Maharhav, Vilnius and Grodno 1835, excellent condition, no binding. 3. “Khamudei Daniel” 1810, most of the pages are blue, moth damage. 4. “Ateret Tzvi” 1834, moth damage. 5. “Shevet Mussar” 1819, signature of ownership of “Natan Neta bar Asher of Minsk” moth damage and wear. 6. Mishnayot, seder Zra’im, with additions by Rav Levi Yitzhak of Berdychiv and glosses by HaRav Yeshaya Berlin, 1832, title page with inscription in red ink, with the book “Shnot Eliyahu” on Seder Zra’im by the Vilna Gaon, 1832. Book is not bound, water stains in the margins. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 035

Large set of books, some of which are important and rare printings from Russia and Poland, some complete, others missing sections. With the book “Rishon LeZiyyon” by the Ba’al HaOr Hayyim—signatures of the Rabbis from the Galanti family

A large set of books from Russian and Polish printing, here are the complete texts: 1. “Minhat Yaakov” with the book “Torat HaShlemim,” two title pages, Polonne printing, missing the year of printing; 2 copies. 2. “Lehem HaPnim” Polonne 1795. 3. “Amudei Gola” small book of mitzvoth, Kopust (Kopys) 1820, rare, most is printed on blue paper. 4. “Shevet Mussar” Ostroh 1818. 5. “Nahag K’Tzon Yosef” Hanoya 1718—first edition, rare—signatures of ownership from the era of printing in Ashkenazi handwriting. 6. “Tor Hashan Mishpat” Medzhybizh 1822. 7. “Rishon LeZiyyon” from the Ba’al HaOr HaHayyim, 2 sections, Polonne 1804. Second section is missing the end. Here are the books missing pages: 8. “Asara Ma’amarot” (10 Articles) with ‘Yad Yehuda’ commentary, missing the start, first edition, rare, most is on blue paper. 9. “Shtei HaLehem” by HaRav Moshe Hagiz, Wandsbek 1733, first edition, rare. Missing the end. 10. “Ein Yaakov” with commentary Balslev 1824. Missing only the title page, very rare. (Only 4 books were printed at Balslev, this is the last of the four, Winograd 4). 11. Questions and Answers from the Ram Alshich, Slaník(?); fake title page, missing the end. 12. “Havat Da’at” Polonne without the year of printing, missing the end. Stamp of ownership of “Avraham Kalisher Bahak Tzfat” 13. “Likutei Shas” Korzec 1785. Missing the end. 14. “Chessed L’Avraham” of Avraham Azoulay, missing the beginning and end. 15. “Sefer Maharil” Polonne 1802. Missing the end. 16. “Pri Etz Haim?” of the Maharhav Korzec, missing the beginning and end. 17. Zohar on Leviticus, Kopust (Kopys) 1809, rare, missing the end. 18. “Shvilei HaLeket” Dubno, 1794, missing the end. 19. “Amudei Gola” small book of mitzvoth, Kopust 1820, rare. Missing the end. Very florid Yemenite signature?. 20. “Levushei Sarad” on the Yoreh De’ah. Rare, missing the start, with educational glosses, handwritten in pencil. 21. “Pardes Rimonim” of the Ramak—Kabbalah, missing the end. On the title page is a signature of ownership in Sefardi handwriting. Rabbis from the Galanti family. “From the tithes of the young Avraham Galanti,” the final redeemer “the young Mordechai Galanti”. Important signatures. A large and important set, in total 23 books, different sizes and conditions, different missing sections.
Item sold at $475 Starting at $400
LOT: 036

Book “Chosen from Silver” of the Rav Yeshayahu Pinto (HaRif), Aleppo 1869—first edition.

The book “Nivhar MiKesef” (Chosen from Silver) features questions and answers from the Rav HaGaon Yeshayahu Pinto, one of the greatest of his generation, the generation of the Maharhav, compiler of HaRif on the Ein Yaakov, Aleppo 1869, first edition. (2) 230, (4) (Friedberg 40). Good condition, some pages separated from binding, missing the last page listing the geneology of the compiler.
Starting at $100
LOT: 037

Mishnayot Seder Mo’ed, Grodno and Vilna, 1818.

With Bartenura and Tosafot Yom Tov commentaries, with new additional glosses and emendations by HaRav Yeshaya Berlin, the Rishon LeZiyyon and more that were included from the Rav HaGaon Moharar Levi Yitzhak who was the Av Beit Din of the Berdishov community, 1818. (1) 172 page, moth damage, no binding, ok condition, disconnected pages.
Starting at $100
LOT: 038

Sefer HaTashbetz, Amsterdam edition, 1741, very rare.

Questions and Answers from the Rav Shimon bar Tzemach Doran, 4 sections, with the book “Khut HaMeshulash” (the Triple Thread), answers from the Rav Shlomo Tzror and Rav Avraham Even Towa (with two separate cover pages), second edition. (12) 91, (1) 69, (2), 68 (1), (1), 101, (1) page. (Winograd Amsterdam 1549). This edition was printed in the model of the first edition printed in Amsterdam in 1738 but here the book is printed with a new, handsomely illustrated title page with the figures of Aaron, Moses, Solomon, and David, with special, additional drawings. Printed as a model for illustration and handwritten inscriptions, with typographical changes from the first edition. This copy is missing 2 title pages of sections 2 and 3 of the answers of the Tashbetz. Only the first cover page (the special one), and the two title pages of the Khut HaMeshulash are present. A thick tome, rare, all in excellent condition, except for light defects on the two first pages. Bound in new, very handsome leather binding. There are a number of old signatures in Ashkenazi handwriting on the title page and the page before it. Old stamp of “Avraham Baharar Eliezer Hayot” Within the stamp is a special symbol (maybe from the Hayot rabbinical family). It is known that most copies of this book were never damaged by moths, and the Gaon HaRav Yitzhak Plagi wrote in his book “Yafe LaLev” that this is because the author was always very careful with his books and treated them with the utmost respect, so he was blessed that his books would be saved from moths.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $350
LOT: 039

Set of 2 books from the Hafetz Haim, “Nidchei Israel,” “Likutei Ma’amarim.” First editions.

“Nidchei Israel,” a section on the foundations of the religion and belief and summaries of halachic rulings, from the Gaon HaRav Yisrael Meir HaCohen (Hafetz Haim), Warsaw 1894, 148 pages. Good condition. On the page before the title page is listed “Moga,” almost certainly written in the Hafetz Haim’s handwriting. 2. Pamphlet “Likutei Ma’amarim” from the Hafetz Haim, published by Rav Hillel Ginsberg of Radin, Warsaw 1930. Good condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 040

“Yesod v’Shoresh HaAvodah” (The Foundation and Root of the Work), Vilna and Hradna 1817—with a map of the borders of Israel

On prayer, the Torah, and the commandments, the intentions of the prayers throughout the year, degrees of instruction for the Tanach, Sidrei Mishnah, and the Talmud, with hanhagot of Mussar (morality) and correction of errors in interpretations of the Tanach, and the borders of Israel during Joshua and Yehezkel and the building of the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash), and the rest is issues of Kabbalah and avodat hashem, from the Kabbalist HaRav Alexander Zisskind. (1) 119 page. Pg. 88 on both sides is a map of the borders of Israel. Good condition. Handwritten signature in Ashkenazi handwriting on the title page. New binding.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 041

“A History of Shimshon” Livorno 1766, a book of sgulot (superstitions), only edition—very rare

A wide exegesis on Pirkei Avot by the wondrous, Kabbalist Gaon HaRav Shimshon Haim Nahmani, compiler of the book “Seed of Shimshon.” Printing by Moshe Attias, with consent page of the compiler’s uncle, HaRav Menahem Azariya of Pano (the Rama of Pano), with consent of Livorno in Latin, 120 pages, title page in red ink. The compiler is one of the greatest Kabbalists from the 18-19th century. HaHida in his book “Name of the Sages” writes of the rabbi “the holy chassid and kabbalist Maharar Shimshon Nahmani, student of the Rav Aviad Shar Shalom in Basil and the Rav David Pintzi and for Kabbala a student of the Rav Binyamin HaCohen of Reggio, I heard that he was well-versed in practical Kabbalah and commanded that all of his kabbalist writings be buried alongside him in his grave. A very important and rare book, the compiler’s books were published as books of superstition. Moth damage, a number of pages are cut in their margins with damage to the borders of the text.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 042

“Lev HaIvri” by the Gaon HaHatam Sofer. Lviv 1869. Important and rare book.

Two sections: A) Very long commentary on the will of the great rabbi of Israel, HaRav Moshe Sofer Ba’al HaHatam Sofer. By the Rav Akiva Yosef. B) Called “Ma’arachot Yisrael,” introductions and pure sayings by the great Ashkenazi sages of Israel, Sages of Poland, Spain, and Italy, against the phenomenon of the generation to study non-Jewish texts, study of philosophy, changes made to the Jewish language. Excellent condition, important book.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 043

“Parshat Derachim,” Revised edition. Zhovkva 1799.

Different drashot on casuistry and with great genius, by the Gaon HaRav Yehuda Raznis, the “Mishneh LeMelech” with the pamphlet “Derech Mitzvotech” on the meaning of the mitzvoth. This edition includes the pamphlet which was removed from the previous edition. Here is also the Rav Avigdor, Av Beit Din of Kaminka, republished completely in this book. Copy in excellent condition. New binding. Title page with inscription in red ink.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 044

“Igrot Sofrim” Vienna 1928. First edition, important and rare.

Holy letters of the Great Sages of the Generation, leaders of the Diaspora from the Iger Family, the ancient author, and from the Sages of Israel who composed letters to them; including the Rav Mofet HaDor Maran Akiva Iger and his son-in-law Rav Moshe Sofer, and his son GaRav Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer, and his brother Maran Shimon Sofer and letters from Rabbeinu Simcha Bonem Sofer. Published by their son and grandson HaRav Shlomo ben Avraham Shmuel Sofer. With picture of the compiler at the start of the book. Throughout the book are pictures and facsimiles of the handwriting of the Geonim folded and opened. Special and rare book. Good condition, original binding. Pages are detached.
Starting at $120
LOT: 045

“Ezrat HaSofer” on Megillat Esther. Amsterdam 1796.

Work on Megillat Esther, without vowels or accents, on the rules for the scribe and the reader, with exegesis in the margins on traditions and reasons for them, inconsistencies, missing things, balances. Published by the Rav Meir Barlash, poet in Amsterdam. Only edition. 22 page. (Winograd Amsterdam 2236). Good condition, stains, without binding.
Starting at $120
LOT: 046

Questions and answers “Shavot Yaakov” Halle 1709. Rare.

Questions and answers in 4 sections on the Shulchan Aruch, with the pamphlet “Pe’er Yaakov,” new commentaries on the Shas, by the Gaon HaRav Yaakov Risher. (2) 81, 13 page. 30cm (Winograd Halle 4). With approval certificates of the Rav David Oppenheim and more. A handsome title page in an architectural framing. A number of signatures of ownership in Ashkenazi handwriting on the title page. Last page is damaged; this is the only page missing anything. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 047

“Igeret LeKetz HaYamin” on the Messiah, Manchester 1896.

Drash on when the Kabbalat Shabbat of the Hashem will begin, and the coming of the Messiah at that time. Clues from the Torah, Prophets, and Writings on the Redemption by the Maharhav. With additional, wonderful commentaries regarding the 10 Lost Tribes and the building of the Beit HaMikdash. At the end is the list of the souls that have purchased parcels of the Land of Israel from the rule of Ishmael, by the Rav Yaakov Goldsweig, Haifa. Rare, with list in six lines in a Moroccan handwriting, clue on the coming of the Messiah.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 048

3 Rare Books from Tunis printing, 1916.

“Azharot Ben David,” a metaphorical work with translation into Jewish Arabic with Rashi’s commentary, Metzudot. All are in Arabic. “War in Peace” (Milhama b’Shalom) on Masechet Avot with commentary in Arabic. “Bnei Shimon” on the Book of Job with translation and commentary in Jewish Arabic. By HaRav Yosef ben David Gansiya, 3 rare books from the Tunis printer, bound together. Tziyyon and Zan printing. 23cm.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 049

Set of the Five Books of Torah “Dat Klula” Mitz 1766. An impressive and magnificent set.

Set of the Five Books of Torah entitled “Dat Klula,” with translation of Onkelos and Yonatan ben Uziel, interpretation of Rashi and Sfatei Hahamim, masra, and summary of Elishich HaKodesh. Five parts in five volumes, with haftarot for each volume in separate titled sections. Volume 1, Genesis: (3) 133, 13, 12 page. 2 title pages, the first is illustrated, very good condition. Volume 2, Exodus: (1) 112, 6, 42 page. A few bits of moth damage, mostly in the margins. Volume 3, Leviticus: (1) 82, 6, 28 page. Defects on the first pages, wear and stains, most of it is in generally good condition. Volume 4, Numbers: (1) 105, 5, 18 page. Listing of ownership with a handwritten illustration at the start of the book, excellent condition. Volume 5, Deuteronomy: (1) 96, 5, 46 pages, excellent condition, pages are a little chopped at the upper margins. In total five sections in five volumes, with black, fancy leather binding. An impressive set.
Starting at $650
LOT: 050

Five Books of Torah, complete set in five parts, with original binding—Paris 1862

Complete set of the Five Books of Torah, with translation and exegesis in French, each volume as more than 500 pages. 4 volumes in very good condition, the volume of Deuteronomy has moisture damage in the first pages and defective binding. Size 22cm.
Starting at $500