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Toldot Yaakov Yosef, first printing—the first Chassidic book printed. Facsimile copy.

Facsimile edition of Toldot Yaakov Yosef, the first printing by Zvi Hirsch ben Aryeh Leib and his son-in-law Shmuel ben Issachar Be’er Segel, Karetz, 1780. It was the first Chassidic book ever printed and is the main source for the philosophy of the Ba’al Shem Tov—a majority of the statements open with the words “I heard from my teacher.” By Rabbi Yaakov Yosef HaKohen of Polna, one of the leading students of the Ba’al Shem Tov. This first edition is known for being especially important, since it was printed by the author himself as is stated opposite the cover. | Thick, quality papers. Jerusalem 1966. 202, [1] pages. 31cm. Generally very good condition.
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