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Auction 16 - 06.12.2017


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LOT: 001

Mishnayot, Seder Moed. Slavita printing. Józefów, 1946.

Printed in Józefów using the Slavita printer, overseen by the Rav Hanina Lifa Shapira, grandson of the Slavita Rav. Two printed covers in black and red ink. Light blue and light green paper. Wide margins, page edges in red. Many listings of ownership in the margins. Moth marks, new binding. Pages 2-3 are missing. | After the Slavita printing house was closed by the government, the Shapira brothers moved the printing presses to Józefów, and a number of years later moved it again to Zhitomir. [2], 172 pages. 26cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $150
LOT: 002

Ein Yaakov, with Chassidic endorsements. Slavita, 1820.

First section. With endorsements by Admor Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Aphtha, Rabbi Mordechai ben Rabbi Pinhas of Koritz (brother of Rabbi Moshe Shapira, the Rav of Slavita), and more. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira (whom Rabbi Shneor Zalman of Liadi describes: “the enlightened, great, famous, wondrous in Torah and awe of God”)-Rabbi of Slavita and son of the Rav Pinhas of Koritz. Part of the cover is printed in red ink. The book is printed entirely on light blue paper. Books printed in Slavita are known for their special holiness—the printing tools and letters were tovelled in the mikveh before work was begun. It is well known that keeping a Slavita book is a segula for preserving the home and for success. Moth marks, new binding. [5], 274 pages, 23cm. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 003

Slavita Psalms. 1821-2. Partially missing copy

With Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion. Slavita, printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira. Includes the Yehi Ratzon after saying psalms and for Leil Hoshana Raba. Prayer for the sick, and more. It is a well-known segula to say psalms from a book printed at Slavita by the sons of the Rabbi Pinhas of Koritz, the Admor Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Slavit aand Rav Shmuel Avraham Shapira. The copy before is partially missing. It begins on page 24, until 129, then 130-143, 145-184. Page numbering is messed up. No table of contents. (in the original: [2] 184 pages. Missing 25 pages at the start, 2 in the middle: 130, 144, pages 133-140 were bound out of place). 16.5cm. Handsome leather binding. Blue paper. Wear and stains. Restoration on some of the pages. Ok to good condition.
Starting at $4000
LOT: 004

Tor Orech Hayyim, two sections. Zhitomir, 1859.

By Rabbeinu Yaakov ben HaRosh, with Beit Yosef commentary. Two sections in one volume, each has a separate cover section. Section 1: From 1-428. Section 2: From 429-697. Printed by grandsons of the Slavita Rav, Rabbi Hanina Lifa and Rav Yehoshua Heschel Shapira. Main cover page is in red and black ink. Stains, light tears. [4], 470; [2] 274. 33cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 005

Lot of 2 books, Slavita and Zhitomir printings.

1. Mishnayor, Seder Taharot, with commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosafot Yom Tov and Chodashim. Light blue paper. Slavita, cover page until page 4 are missing. 2. Shulchan Aruch HaRav, by Rav Shneor Zalman of Ladi, Orech Hayyim section 3, halachot of Pesach and Yom Tov. Stamps of ownership of Menachem Zvi Stern of Lodz. Printed by the Shapira brothers, grandsons of the Slavita Rav. Zhitomir, 1848. Last pages are missing.
Starting at $100
LOT: 006

Tor Even HaEzer, Zhitomir 1859.

By Rabbeinu Yaakov ben Rabbeinu Asher, printed by grandsons of the Slavita Rav. Zhitomir 1859. Cover and last page are unprofessionally repaired. Moth damage throughout the book. Generally bad to ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 007

Set of four volumes, the Shulchan Aruch HaRav. Zhitomir 1847-8.

By Admor Rabbi Schneor Zalman of Liadi, printed in Zhitomir by the Shapira brothers. Each volume has two cover pages, the first is shortened and has just the name of the book and the printing location in red ink, the second is more expanded. The complete set: Orech Hayyim, volumes 1,2,3. Yoreh De’ah, volume 4. Stamps and listing of ownership, the Orech Hayyim Volume 1 has the cover page missing. New binding. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $1300 Starting at $550
LOT: 008

Mishnayot Seder Kedoshim, Zhitomir, 1848.

Large format, printed by the Shapira brothers, grandsons of the Slavita Rav. Two covers in red and black ink. 1848. Stamps of ownership. Moisture stains. Not bound. [2] 162 page. 31cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 009

Chumash with siddur for Shabbat. Zhitomir 1853.

Exodus with Targum Onkelus, Rashi, the Ba’al HaTurim, Sfatei Khachamim and Kitzur Alsheech. With megillat Esther and Targum Sheni. At the end of the Chumash is a siddur for Shabbat (Shacharit, mussaf, and yotzrot for Parshat Zachor and HaChodesh). Nusach Sfard. With the Mi Sheberach for the Czar, mentioned by name: “Our lord Czar Alexander Nicholas Pavlovitch and his wife the Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna, and his son.” Some of the cover is printed in red ink. Printed by the Shapira brothers. Listing and stamps of ownership. Folding in the margins. Stains from time. New leather binding. 212; 27 pages. 23cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 010

Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Zhitomir 1876.

“According to the Russian, Lithuanian, and Polish minhag, given in Nusach Sfard.” Printed by Rabbi Yitzhak Moshe Bakashet, who bought the printing presses and houses from the Shapira brothers in Zhitomir, and continued the book printing business using the same publishing methods. Light blue paper. Professional restoration. New binding. [1], 141 page. 28 cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 011

Avodat Kodesh, Bak printing, Jeruslaem, 1844.

By HaHida (Haim Yosef David Azoulay, 1724-1806). Includes the books: Moreh B’Etzba, Tziporen Shamir, Kesher Gadol, Kaf Achat, Yosef b’Seder, Sansan Li’ir, Shomer Yisrael. Listing of ownership and glosses in Mizrahi handwriting. Stains from time. Wear in the binding. [1], 100 pages. 15cm. generally good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 012

Lot of 8 books, first editions. Jerusalem, beginning of the 20th century.

1. Davar Eliezer, drosh and mussar. First edition. Printed by Azriel, Jerusalem 1910. By Rav Eliezer Yedid HaLevi (1886-1934), a kabbalist and sage of Jerusalem and Hevron, author of the books Minchat Eliezer and Aryeh Shag. [2], 4-18 pages. 15cm. 2. Minchat Eliezer, kabbalah, on the book Etz Haim by Rabbi Haim Vittel. First edition, printed by Zuckerman, Jerusalem 1910. By Rav Eliezer Yedid HaLevi. [3], 2-48 page. 15cm. 3. Kressiya d’Eliyahu, on Elijah the Prophet. First edition, Jerusalem 1906. By Haviv Haim David Sathon (1827-1907), a sage of Tiberias. His father was fulfilling yibum with the wife of his brother but died while his mother was still pregnant, and he bore the name of his father David and his uncle Haviv, and they added Haim as a segula. He was a head of the Eliyahu HaNavi yeshiva in Haifa, and authored: Takfo shel Nes and Shemesh v’Magen. 8, 155 pages. 19cm. 4. Pilpulei Elimelech on sugiyot of Shas. First edition, Zuckerman printing, Jerusalem 1938. By Rabbi Elimelech Rubinstein of Rahov (1854-1942), son-in-law of the Birkat Haim. Smichah for teaching by Rabbi Schneor Zalman of Lublin, the “Torat Chesed”. [2] 158 page. 21cm. 5. Commentary on Masechet Kalla Rabati (printed in the Vilna Shas) by Rabbi Avraham bar NAtan HaYerachi, a sage of Lunil and one of the great Rishonim; book with tikkunim and notes by Rav Baruch Toledano. First edition, Tiberias. 1906. According to Winograd it was printed in Jerusalem. 28, 51 page. 23cm. 6. Baka LeGalgelet, on sugiyot of the Shas. First edition, Zuckerman printing, Jerusalem 1911. By Rav Eliyahu Elmalayach, rabbi in Algiers and Tangiers. At the end of his life he moved to Jerusalem. With dedication by the son of the author. [8], 54, (53), 55-59, [1], 80-81, [1] page. 24cm. 7. Mei Menuchot, droshim on the books of Genesis and Exodus. First edition, printed by Y.N. Levi, Jerusalem 1900. By Rabbi Refael Birdogo (1747-1822), brother and student of Rabbi Yekutiel Birdogo, uncle of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira, the Abir Yaakov. Author of Shotim and Chiddushim on the Shas, Kaf Zahav, Leshon Limmudim, Mei Menuchot, and more. With dedication by the publisher. Binding is separated. 12 112 page. 21cm. 8. Doresh Smuchim, on the five books of Torah, two sections, each has a separate cover page. First edition, Ma’arav printing, Jerusalem 1933. By Rav Shimon Vaknin. Rabbi Moshe Kliers, rabbi of Tiberias, writes about him in an endorsement “the Rav HaMuvhak, filled with knowledge and wisdom…” Son of the Ra’avad Rabbi David Vaknin. Has dedication by the author handwritten and signed, to Baba Asbauni. Two pages of handwritten chiddushim. [2]; [9], 100; [1], 38 [2] page. 24cm.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 013

HaTashbetz (book). First edition. Amsterdam 1738-1741.

Four sections, more than 900 halakhic answers, halakhic discussion and additional explanations. The fourth is called “Chut HaMeshulash” with the year appearing as 1738—divided into 3 sections, each with a special cover. By Rabbi Shimon ben Tzemach Duran, the Rashbetz (1361-1444), a student of the Ran and other great Rishonim. Copy before us is one of the various copies with illustrations of Moshe and Aharon on the cover with additional changes. List of ownership on the page before the cover page. Original leather binding. Upper binding is partially disconnected. Wear on the spine. Stains over time. A little moth damage. [11], 91, 69, [1], 68, [1], [1], 101, [1] page. 32cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 014

Sefer Perot Genosar, by the Or HaHayyim. First edition, during the life of the author. Amsterdam, 1742.

On the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah. Includes two “Perot”: ‘Pri Hadash’ by Rabbeinu Hizkiya di Slava and ‘Pri To’ar’ by Rabbi Haim ben Atar, the Or HaHayyim. Printed by Rabbi Haim ben Atar, and because his composition includes many objections to Pri Hadash, he printed them together in one volume. The edition before us is the first, and was printed during the lifetime of Rabbi Haim ben Atar. Some sages were afraid to study this book, since the Or HaHayyim wrote in his introduction: “The reader who observes what I say and comes to oppose me, I shall speak to kill him with a whisper and a snakebite.” And because of his holiness, they were afraid that they would disagree with him during the study, and would be harmed by his strictness. In the printing of this book, his friend Shlomo ben Yitzhak Aluf, of Livorno, helped the process along, and because of the authorization process required in Venice, the manuscript was sent to Amsterdam. On the cover age are signatures of ownership: “Yaakov Shamash” and at the end is a very long addition in an old handwriting. The identity of the writer is unknown. Rabbi Haim ben Atar lived 1696-1743, was a great biblical commentator during the Achronim period, a Kabbalist and posek halacha. The Ba’al Shem Tov said about him that he heard words of Torah every night directly from Hashem. Thus his books are considered among Chassidim to be holy texts of the first degree, and are attributed to have powers of purity and holiness for the person who studies them. The Divrei Haim of Sanz writes: “The Or HaHayyim definitely composed his book together with the holy spirit…and thus…whoever denies the holy spirit…is an apikorus who doesn’t believe…” | Stains, tear in the upper margins of the cover page with minimum missing text. New binding. | [4], 275 page. 34cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1100 Starting at $600
LOT: 015

Siddur Rabbi Yaakov Amdin. Second section, first edition. Altona, 1747.

Sha’arei Shamayim by Rabbi Yaakov Amdin, second section from the Yaavetz siddur. Prayers for Rosh Chodesh and Moadim. Printed at the author’s house. Altona, 1747. Stamp of ownership on the cover: Meir Yona Hirsch. 16cm. 158 pages (original had 159), missing the last page. Repair on the upper section of the cover. A number of pages are disconnected. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $800 Starting at $500
LOT: 016

Volume of Talmud Bavli, large format and original, handsome leather binding. Frankfurt 1702.

Masechtot Archin, Zevachim, Menachot, Kritut, Temurah. Each has a separate cover page, and each letter from the name of the masechet is decorated in illustrated block lettering with vines and flowers. Signature of ownership of “Leib ben Aharon Etlinger.” Bound with original wood binding, handsome, covered in leather with decorated metal corners and the remains of fasteners. Thick pages, stains from moisture on a number of pages. 34cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $250
LOT: 017

Tzemach David, Frankfurt am Mein. 1692.

By Rabbi David Ganz on the history of the Jewish people in 3 sections: the first is until 3000, the second until 5000, and the third until 5450. 47, [5]; 81, 81-95, [8] pages. 19cm. Handsome leather binding with fasteners. Repaired cover. Stains, generally good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $200
LOT: 018

Shoshanat HaAmakim by the Alsheech. Offenbach 1717.

On Shir HaShirim. Signature of ownership on the cover by Aryeh Leib Rosensahn(?). Defect on the cover and a number of pages. Moth damage. Bad to ok condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 019

Likkutei Zvi, likkutei Tefilot. Amsterdam 1741.

Likkutei Zvi-prayers, supplications, songs, and requests, including Igeret HaTshuva and Yesod HaTshuva by Rabbeinu Yona of Girondi. Compiled by Rabbi Anshel bar Josfa Danzinger. With endorsement of Rabbi Shaul of Amsterdam, one of the great Ashkenazi sages, the Binyan Ariel. Propus printing, Amsterdam. 2, 136 pages. 13cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 020

Lot of 4 books. Amsterdam, 1727-1864.

1. Machzor Seder HaMoadim for the Three Regalim, with Dutch translation (on facing pages). Translated by Shmuel Molder. Printed in Amserdam by J.B. Mesquita, 1864. [6], 234, [2] pages. 22cm. 2. Seder Kriyah and Tikkun for the nights of Shavuot and Hoshana Raba. Original, pretty leather binding with golden engravings. Printed by Leib Zussmans, Amsterdam, 1767. 47, [1] page. 18cm. 3. Haftarot of the year according to the Sefardi and Ashkenazi customs. Bound together with the five megillot, at the front of the book. Two covers. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt, Amsterdam, 1727. [1], 329-367, [1]; [1], 118, [3] page. 16cm. 4. Halachot Shechita u’Bdikot” from the R”I Weil, with additional exegesis and laws of Nikur in Dutch. Printed by Joachimsthal, Amsterdam, 1812. Binding and pages disconnected. [2], 48 pages. 20cm.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $150
LOT: 021

Set of Ein Yisrael, Katanot Or, two volumes. Amsterdam, 1684. First edition, rare.

Original name of the famous book “Ein Yaakov” on legends (Aggadot) of the Shas, by Rabbi Yaakov ben Haviv, a sage of Spain. Because of the censor, the name was changed over the years from Ein Yisrael to Ein Yaakov. Before us is a first edition of Katanot Or including many commentators inside it. On thick, fine paper. New binding. Lists and stamps of ownership. In the first volume the cover page and endorsements page are missing, and the first pages are repaired. | [3], 73, 118; [1], 192 page. 38cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 022

Magen Avot. Salonika, 1748.

On Pirkei Avot, with introductions by the Ari and the Maharhav. By Rabbi Meir Beikiam. With Otzer Shalom by the publisher, Rabbi Shlomo Adriti. 44, 19 pages. 20cm. Old leather binding. Moth damage, stains, generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 023

Meir LaAretz. Salonika, 1747.

On the Torah according to the Ari and Maharhav. By Rabbi Meir Beikiam. With the book Divrei Shlomo by the publisher, Rabbi Shlomo Adriti. [4], 86; 16 pages. 20cm. New binding. Light moth marks. Stains, generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 024

Menuhat HaNefesh—tikkun for the dead. Baghdad, 1912.

For the night of the yartzeit. As ordered by Rav Yosef Haim, the Ben Ish Hai. Printed by Chacham Ezra Dangor, Baghdad. Glosses handwritten. Listings of yartzeits. Stains over time. Binding and pages disconnected. [1], 166 pages. 20cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 025

Koreh HaDorot. First edition. Venice 1746.

Rabbinical history—the chain of generations and geneology from the time of the codification of the Talmud until the author’s lifetime (1677). Includes: Savoraim, Geonim, Rishonim, Achronim. By Rabbi David Konforti (1618-1690), Av Beit Din of Izmir. First edition. Published by Rabbi David Ashenazi of Jerusalem (this edition was printed anonymously, and so some attributed it to the publisher, since the book’s name was given by the publisher. Glosses (not checked) on the page after the cover and in the index. Binding is partially disconnected. Pages 1-8 are disconnected and torn. | 52 page. 17cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100