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Auction 51a Lot Number 1

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Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov and the Five Megillot – Paris, 1543-1546 – Miniature Edition in Handsome Leather Bindings

Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov and the Five Megillot. Three volumes from the edition of the Bible printed in Paris, 1543-1546, by Robertus Stephanus.
· Five Megillot. Paris, 1543. · Tehillim. Paris, 1545. · Mishlei Shlomo and Iyov. Paris, 1545.
The Five Megillot: [80] leaves. Tehillim: [159] leaves. Mishlei and Iyov: [61, 53] leaves. 3 volumes. 10 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original leather bindings, with gilt decorations, and original endpapers (marbled). Worn bindings.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 2

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Four Volumes of the Bible – Paris, 1543-1546 – Miniature Edition in Handsome Leather Bindings

Four volumes from the edition of the bible printed in Paris, 1543-1546, by Robertus Stephanus:
· Yirmiyahu. Paris, 1543. · Yechezkel. Paris, 1543. · Daniel and Ezra [and Nechemya]. Paris, 1545. · Divrei HaYamim. Paris, 1545.
Yirmiyahu: [168] leaves. Yechezkel: [144] leaves. Daniel, Ezra and Nechemya: [47; 30; 43] leaves. Divrei HaYamim: [183] leaves. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather bindings, with damages and wear.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 3

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Nevi’im Achronim – Venice, 1517 – Lacking Copy

Nevi'im Achronim, with Radak's commentary and Targum Yonatan ben Uziel. Venice, [1517]. Printed by Daniel Bomberg.
[164] leaves. Originally: [180] leaves. Lacking: title page and [15] last leaves. 34 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstains. Worming. Wear and restored tears, affecting the text in a few places. New binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 4

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Mikraot Gedolot – Nevi’im Rishonim – Venice, 1568

Mikraot Gedolot, Nevi'im Rishonim [Yehoshua, Shoftim, Shmuel, Melachim], with the following commentaries: Rashi, Radak, Ralbag, Rabbeinu Yeshaya, and with Mesorah. Venice, 1568. Printed by Giovanni (Zuan) Di Gara.
Large format. [1], 234-441 leaves. 40.5 cm. Condition varies among the leaves - most are in good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Light worming. Minor restorations to margins. Coarse tears, with restoration, to title page and several leaves at the beginning and end, affecting the text of the last leaf. New binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 5

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Mikraot Gedolot – Basel, 1618-1619 – Complete Set in Two Volumes

Mikraot Gedolot, Torah and Nevi'im, with commentaries. Basel, 1618-1619. Printed by Ludwig König, published by Johannes Buxtorf.
Complete set in two large volumes:
Volume 1: The Five Books of the Torah, with Targum Onkelos, Rashi, Ibn Ezra and Ba'al HaTurim commentaries and Mesorah. Nevi'im Rishonim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak, Ralbag, Rabbi Yeshaya commentaries and Mesorah. At the end are an introduction and a long composition on the history of the Mesorah by Buxtorf (in Latin).
Volume 2: Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak and Ibn Ezra commentaries and Mesorah.
Inscriptions and signatures on the title pages: "…Itzik of the Levi family", "Yehuda Leib HaLevi Helitz / Helishoi[?]".
Two volumes. Vol. 1: [6], 228; [1], 234-441, [1], [8] 108. Vol. 2: [1], 442-705, [1]; 707-946; 7, [1]; 67. Without [2], 36 last leaves - Haftarot according to the Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Italian traditions, which can only be found in a few copies. 41.5 cm. Very good condition. Stains. Bindings with vellum spines.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 6

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Five Books of the Torah – Venice, 1684

The five books of the Torah, "Good for preparing a Sefer Torah", with Five Megillot and Haftarot. Vowelized. Venice, [1684]. On the title page: an illustration of the seven-branched menorah.
202, [2], 416-487, 489-508 leaves. 15 cm. Good condition. Verse numbers are handwritten. Ancient decorated leather binding.
Variant. In the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, record 0201675, a different edition is listed with Targum Onkelos [with pagination: 282, 282-329, 340-487, 489-508 leaves]. This edition without Targum Onkelos is bibliographically unknown and is not in the NLI.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 7

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Tehillim – Cambridge, 1685

Sepher Tehilim, i. e. Liber Psalmorum... Sepher Kinoth, i.e Liber Lamentationum Jeremiae (Title in Hebrew and Latin). Cambridge (England), 1685. Printed by Johan. Hayes.
"Proofread after intensive study of vowels and te'amim, kri and ktiv and large and small letters according to the Mesorah". Title page, introductions and additions in Latin.
[7], 167, 169-213, [4]; 24 pages. 13 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Half-leather binding, torn.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 8

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Bible – Amsterdam, 1701 – Goral HaGra Edition – Illustrated Title Page

Biblia Hebraica / Esrim VeArba'a [Twenty four (books of the Bible)] - The five Books of the Torah, with Nevi'im Rishonim, Achronim and Ketuvim "according to the order of the ‘open' and ‘closed' parshiot… without vowels… proofread with careful inspection". Amsterdam, [1701]. Printed by Gerardus Borstius and partners.
Three title pages, the first is illustrated with an engraving depicting Moses and Aharon and the Kodesh HaKodashim (Holy of Holies). The second title page is in Hebrew and the third is in Latin. Latin introduction and Hebrew poem: "Torat Olam…".
Two columns per page. Rabbi Aryeh Levine was accustomed to using a Bible from this edition, printed in 1701, for the execution of Goral HaGra according to the special tradition passed on to him from the Vilna Gaon, through his teachers, the heads of the Volozhin Yeshiva. [For information about the famous Goralot (lots) performed by Rabbi Aryeh Levine for identifying the bodies of the Lamed Heh convoy that died in service, see the enclosed copy of the book "Ish Tsaddik Haya", pp. 113-117, with a photo of the Bible in which the Goral was performed].
[6], 292 leaves, 293-306, [4] pages. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains and wear. Wear restorations on first title page. Handsome binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 9

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ive Books of the Torah – Amsterdam, 1712 – Elegant Binding

Five Books of the Torah, with the five Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam, [1712]. Printed by Shlomo Proops.
Separate title page for Haftarot. Ownership inscriptions ["…Naftali Hirsh son of Eliyahu Yosef Segal…", "David son of R' Eliyahu Segal of Parzoi (?)"].
Elegant ancient leather binding, with gilt decorations.
159, [3]; 51 leaves. 13 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Partially reconstructed binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 10

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Shir HaShirim and Pirkei Avot, with Ladino and Spanish Translation – Amsterdam, 1712 – Handsome Contemporary Leather Binding

Paraphrasis Caldayca en los Cantares de Selomoh, Shir HaShirim with Ladino translation (in Latin letters) and Spanish translation of the Aramaic translation; Pirkei Avot, with Spanish translation. Amsterdam, 1712. Hebrew and translation, one passage following another.
134 pages. 15 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several dark leaves. Contemporary leather binding, with gilt ornamentation, slightly damaged. Original endpapers (marbled). Gilt edges.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 11

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Tikun Sofrim – Amsterdam, 1727

Tikun Sofrim, Five Books of the Torah with the five Megillot and Haftarot, "According to the tradition of all the holy congregations - with several other attributes". Amsterdam, [1727]. Printed by the Dayan Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt.
Illustrated half-title page, depicting four Biblical episodes: David dancing (before the Ark), anointing David as King, Eliyahu on Mount Carmel and Shlomo's trial. Separate title page for the book of Haftarot.
[1], 367, [1]; 118 [3]. 17.5 cm. Fair condition. Restored margins. Stains. New leather binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 12

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Chok L’Yisrael, Livorno – Complete Set with Elaborate Leather Bindings

Chok L'Yisrael. Livorno, [1860]. Printed by Ben Amozag. The Bamidbar volume was printed by Ya'akov Arovas, Livorno [1810]. Five-volume set.
Elaborate leather bindings with gilt decorations, a name and the Hebrew year 5655 [1895].
5 volumes. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Leather bindings in good condition.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 13

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Divided Tehillim – in a Box – Jerusalem

Tehillim (Psalms) as customary in Sephardi communities, published by "Sinai", Tel-Aviv, [1940s].
Small format Tehillim, divided into 31 separate volumes held in an original tin box. This set was used in a Jerusalem synagogue. At the opening of each volume appears a dedication ink stamp in memory of a member of the Ventura family, who died in 1947.
Volumes: 11.5 cm. Fair condition. Tin case - Height: 12 cm, length: 13.5 cm, width: 19 cm. Fair-good condition. The lid is detached and part of the lock is missing. Rust and some old repairs.
Provenance: Collection of Willy Lindwer.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 14

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Mayanei HaYeshua, Abarbanel – Amsterdam, 1647

Mayanei HaYeshua, commentary on the Book of Daniel, by Don Isaac Abarbanel. [Amsterdam], [1647]. Second edition.
[Leaf 1] Latin title page: "Commentarius celeberrimi Rabbi Ishak Abarbanel, super Danielem Prophetam...".
[2], 3-92, [2] leaves. 17.5 cm. Good condition. Cut margins and tears to title page. Stains. Old binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 15

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Yalkut HaTorah, Frankfurt am Main, 1687 – Handsome Copy with Vellum Binding

Yalkut Shimoni. Part 1 - on the Torah, By Rabbi Shimon "Head of the preachers". Frankfurt am Main, 1687. Exquisite copy. Illustrated title page depicting Moses and Aharon, and David striking Goliath.
On Leaf 2 is the signature of "Natan --- son of Rabbi Shmuel Bloch" [Rabbi Natan Neta son of R' Shmuel Zanvil Bloch, who signed the letter of the Jerusalem Ashkenazi community, sent in 1635 to the Verona community. See Ya'ari, Sheluchei Eretz Yisrael, pp. 522-523].
313 leaves. 29.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition. Few stains and wear. Ancient vellum binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 16

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Collection of Ancient Printed Leaves – 15th/16th Centuries – Incunabula and Post-Incunabula / Leaves from Bomberg’s Edition of the Talmud

Diverse collection of ancient printed leaves, from the beginning of Hebrew printing (Incunabula) and soon thereafter (post-incunabula). 15th/16th centuries:
· Two Chumash leaves with Targum Onkelos and Rashi commentary. [Híjar (Spain), 1490 printed by Shlomo Zalmati].
· Two leaves from Arba Turim [Choshen Mishpat, Simanim 299-306]. [Soncino, c. 1490, printed by Shlomo son of Moshe Soncino].
· Leaf section from Nevi'im Achronim, Yeshayahu. [Lisbon (Portugal), 1492 printed by Eliezer Toledano].
· Three Chumash leaves with Targum, Rashi and Ramban commentaries. [Salonika, 1521 printed by Yehuda Gedalya]. (Leaf of Parshat VaYechi and two leaves of Parshat Shelach).
· Three Chumash leaves with Rashi commentary and Targum (translation) into three languages: "Aramaic (=Onkelos), Arabic (=Tafsir Rabbi Se'adya Gaon) and Persian". [Constantinople, 1546 printed by Eliezer Soncino].
· Two leaves from the book of Daniel with Rashi commentary. [Salonika, 1515. Unknown printer].
· Leaves of Hilchot Rav Alfas [Constantinople, 1509 printed by the brothers David and Shmuel Ibn Nachmias]. Six leaves from Tractate Pesachim and three leaves from Tractate Berachot.
· Two leaves and three leaf sections from a Chumash with Haftarot. [Firrera, 1554 printed by Avraham Ibn Oshki]. The leaves are from the part of the Haftarot.
· Approximately 7 leaves and fragments of printed leaves from unidentified editions [15th/16th centuries].
Leaves from the Babylonian Talmud printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice:
· Three leaves of Tractate Yevamot: 61, 71-72. [Venice, 1522. Bomberg printing, first edition].
· 27 leaves of Tractate Nedarim: 21-25, 27-30, 32-37, 39-43, 50-62 (+ a section of Leaf 63). [Venice, 1522. Bomberg printing, first edition].
· 32 leaves of Tractate Betzah. Leaves: 20-23, 25-52. [Venice, Bomberg printing, second or third edition]. On Leaves 51-52 are Hilchot HaRosh and Perush HaMishnayot L'HaRambam.
Approx. 100 leaves and leaf fragments. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: The Sassoon family collection.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 17

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Babylonian Talmud, Tractates Ketubot and Kiddushin – Basel, 1579-1581

Volume composed of three parts from the edition of the Talmud and the Mishnayot, printed in Basel, 1579-1581, by Ambrosio Frobinio.
· Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Ketubot. [Basel, 1581]. · Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Kiddushin. Basel, [1579]. · Mishnayot from Tractate Ketubot, with the Rambam's commentary. Basel, [1580].
Interesting ancient signatures and ownership inscriptions. Short and long marginalia in ancient Ashkenazi script.
Three books bound together: 115, 36 leaves. (Lacking title page. Leaves 20-21 of the second pagination are bound after Leaf 33); 84, 84-104 leaves; 8 leaves. 38 cm. Condition varies, good to good-fair. Stains and wear. Restored tears to margins of several leaves. Non-original binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 18

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Mishnayot – Zera’im, Moed, Nashim – Sabbioneta-Mantua, 1559, 1561

Mishnayot with the commentaries of the Rambam and of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura. Sabbioneta and Mantua, 1559, 1561. Printed by Tuvia Foa and in the printing press of Francisco Philipono by Ya'akov HaCohen of Gazzuolo.
Three Sidrei Mishnah in three volumes: · Seder Zera'im. Sabbioneta, [1559]. · Seder Moed. Sabbioneta, [1559]. · Seder Nashim. Mantua, 1561.
The printing of this edition began in the printing press of Tuvia Foa in Sabbioneta, but was interrupted at the closing of the printing press in 1559. Ya'akov HaCohen, who was initially a partner of the Sabbioneta printing press, transferred the type pieces to Mantua, and the rest of the edition was completed there. It is known that the entire Seder Zera'im was printed in Sabbioneta and Seder Nashim until the end of the Mishnayot were printed in Mantua. However, researchers have various opinions as to the place of the printing of Seder Moed. According to Y. Zena, the printing of Seder Moed began in Sabbioneta as written on the title page, but was completed in Mantua (see: Yeshayahu Zena, When was the printing press of Tuvia Foain Sabbioneta closed. Kiryat Sefer, 7, 1930-1931, pp. 275-276; for information on the printer Tuvia Foa, see: Avraham Ya'ari, Hamadpisim Bnei Foa, in the book Mechkerei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, p. 323 onwards).
The order of the tractates of this edition differs from the order in earlier editions.
Three volumes. Seder Zera'im: 97 leaves. Seder Moed: 104 leaves. Seder Nashim: 82 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. New bindings.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 19

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Mishnayot with the Etz Chaim Commentary by the Mahari Chagiz – Livorno, 1653-1656 – Six Volume Set

Mishnayot, with Rashi commentary and Etz Chaim commentary by Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov Chagiz. Livorno, 1653-1656. Complete set of six volumes.
First edition printed by the author Rabbi Ya'akov Chagiz, a short while before he immigrated to Eretz Israel and thereafter established his famous yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Nice set in good condition, with contemporary vellum bindings.
6 volumes. Zera'im: 24; 175 leaves. Mo'ed: 284 leaves. Nashim: 223 leaves. Nezikin: 302 leaves. Kodshim: 272 leaves. Taharot: 368 leaves. 14.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, wear or tears to few leaves. Contemporary vellum bindings, with gilt inscription on spines [in Latin]. Worming to several leaves and to bindings.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 20

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Ein Yisrael – Amsterdam, 1714 – Miniature Edition

Ein Yisrael, Parts 1-2, anthology of Talmudic Aggadot, with the Maspik commentary [a short compiled commentary]. Amsterdam, [1714]. Printed by Shlomo Proops.
Two volumes: 286 leaves; 363, [1] leaves. 11.5-12 cm. Varying condition. Leaves of part 1 are cut on border of text, with minor damages to text. Part 2 in good condition. Ancient adorned leather bindings, with slight wear.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 21

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Minhag Avot Tanya – First Edition, Mantua, 1514 – Lacking Copy with Ancient Handwritten Replacement

Minhag Avot Tanya. Customs and laws. [By Rabbi Yechiel son of R' Yekutiel Anav, author of Ma'a lot HaMidot]. Mantua, 1514. Printed by Shmuel Latif.
Abridgement of Shibolei HaLeket, with many additions. The book was prepared as a halachic composition to accompany the siddur according to Italian tradition (Minhag Bnei Roma). It was printed anonymously, but in some editions it was attributed to R' Yechiel son of R' Asher (the Rosh) and to R' Yechiel son of R' Tzidkiya.
Printed without a title page. On the last page is the printer's colophon, from the month of Sivan 1514 in Mantua.
Originally: 25 signatures of 4 leaves ([99] leaves). This copy is lacking signatures 1-2 ([8] first leaves), replaced in ancient square handwriting and with a decorative title page. On the title page is the signature of Rabbi "Shmuel Vintura". On the first page of the handwritten part is an ownership inscription in cursive Italian script [from c. 17th century].
[12] handwritten leaves + blank leaves; [91] printed leaves (signatures 3-25). 18.5 cm. Fair condition. Worming affecting text, wear and stains. Worn, torn and detached binding.
In following editions, the composition was called Tanya Rabata or Tanya Rabati. About the author and the composition, see: Y. Z. Feintoch, Talmudic traditions and versions, Ramat Gan 1985, pp. 65-76; Y. Ta-Shema, in: Italia, 11, 1995, pp. 48-49.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 22

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Neve Shalom – Constantinople, 1538-1539

Neve Shalom, philosophical composition, on matters of faith, Kabbalistic and scientific wisdom, Torah attributes, prophecy and sacrifices, by Rabbi Avraham son of R' Yitzchak Shalom [Spanish sage, died in the year of the Spanish expulsion - 1492]. Constantinople, [1538-1539]. Printed by Eliezer son of Gershom Soncino. First edition.
Colophon on last page: "Completed on Friday the 13th of the month of Sivan 5299 years from the creation of the world".
Signature on first leaf: "Meir Santi" [possibly Rabbi Meir Santa Av Beit Din of Nagykanizsa. See: Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 250]. Two unidentified signatures on last page.
[193] leaves. Lacking title page (with part of the introduction). 20.5 cm Good condition. Stains and dampness traces. Few tears and light worming. Slightly damaged, contemporary leather binding.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 23

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Sefer HaTishbi – Isny, 1541 – First Edition

Sefer HaTishbi, Opusculum Recens Hebraicum, lexicon of Hebrew words in the Talmud by the grammarian Rabbi Eliyahu HaLevi Ashkenazi (Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur). Isnae (Isny, Germany), 1541. Printed by PB [Paulus Fagius]. First edition.
Hebrew and Latin on facing pages. The Hebrew text is vowelized. Latin title page and introduction. On the last page is a colophon and the device of the printer Paulus Fagius.
[8], 275, 269-271, [5] pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains. Handwritten Latin signature and glosses. Ancient leather binding, faded gilt embossments. Tear to spine.
That same year, another edition was printed in Isny, with only the Hebrew text, see Kedem catalogue, Auction 40, Lot 336. Another Latin edition appears in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, listing 0110328, in which the books begins with [24] pages of additional poems in Latin and in Hebrew and a Hebrew title page. This copy originally only has [8] pages composed of the title page and the Latin introduction.
Provenance: The Sassoon family collection.

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Auction 51a Lot Number 24

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Pirkei Avot, with Nachalat Avot by Abarbanel – Venice, 1545

Pirkei Avot, with commentaries of the Rambam and Nachalat Avot by Don Isaac Abarbanel. Venice, 1545. Printed by Marco Antonio Justinian (Giustiniani). Second edition of Nachalat Avot.
According to the colophon, this is the first book printed by Marco Antonio Justinian, who established his printing press in Venice in 1545.
On the title page are signatures and ownership inscriptions in Italian writing by Rabbi "Yehuda Marvigo". Signature in Ashkenazi handwriting of "Ya'akov David" [perhaps Rabbi Ya'akov David Biderman, author of Hagahot Maharid]. Many censor erasures [some completed in late Ashkenazi handwriting, perhaps by the same Rabbi Ya'akov David]. A censor authorization signed in Italian handwriting from 1602, appears on the last page.
[20], 21-215 leaves. Approximately 20 cm. Overall good condition. Stains and wear, ink damages and holes in censor erasures. Leaves 2-9 are replaced from another copy, detached and with worming and tear damages. Old binding, damaged.
Variant. A copy with different pagination appears in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book: 205, [1], 209-215 leaves.

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