The auction took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 17:00 Israeli time.
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Torah scroll. [Hungary?, ca. first half of 20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing. 42 lines per column.
The letters are formed conforming with the approach adopted by the Chatam Sofer, which he learned from his teacher R. Natan Adler of Frankfurt am Main (see Chatam Sofer responsa, Yoreh De'ah, Siman 266).
Height of parchment: approx. 58 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Detached membranes in Parshat No'ach and in Parshat Balak. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing. The scroll was written with "vavei ha'amudim" [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.
Torah scroll, Ashkenazi-Chassidic scribal writing. [Southern Poland, ca. mid-19th century].
Ink on parchment, 42 lines per column. Rolled on brass Atzei Chaim.
Two ornamentations: One appears at the beginning of Shirat HaYam above the opening words: Az Yashir, and the second is a slanting of the letter "chet" of "VaYachel Moshe". The travels in Parshat Mas'ei are written in a unique manner: most of the lines begin with the word "VaYis'u".
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls who determined the place and date of writing: "The script follows the method of Chassidic leaders who followed the tradition of the Arizal. The name Havaya is also written according to Chassidic teachings and according to the Eshel Avraham of Buczacz (Buchach)". The expert also notes that the membranes were sewn with consecutive stitches.
Height of parchment: approx. 30-32 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: approx. 49 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Faded ink, slightly browning. Holes with halachically valid patches. Parshat Pinchas opens with a new 3-column membrane [ca. beginning of 20th century]. The scroll is rolled on a pair of cast and engraved brass atzei chaim, upper handles broken and damaged. Non-original mantle, red velvet with silver embroidery (on a cardboard lining). The mantle is larger than the book.
Torah scroll. [US?, ca. mid-20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing, Central and Eastern European style during the 20th century. The scroll was written with vavei ha'amudim [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.
Height of parchment: approx. 53 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment, glossy verso. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Several membranes at the beginning of the scroll are detached. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.
Small Torah scroll. [Poland, second half of 19th century]. Housed in a wooden and silver case. [Unknown country of origin, 20th century].
Octagonal case, in Uzbek-Bukharin style, made of silver-plated wood. The exterior of the case is decorated with Stars of David, Two Tablets of Law and lamps, many granulation ornamentation and embedded gemstones. The case has stylized handles and a silver-chain bolt. The case is crowned by two (removable) finials designed like crowns, also embedded with gemstones and decorated with granulation and filigree.
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Dark stains. Faded ink and ink spreads in several places. Late corrections. One membrane was written by another scribe. Some membranes are detached and some loose. The upper and lower margins of the scroll have been trimmed to fit into the wooden case [made according to Sephardic custom]. Perhaps the parchment was chemically treated imbuing the current light-brown color.
Height of case: 31 cm. Diameter: 18 cm. Height of finials: 27 cm. Good condition. Missing gemstones. Bends. Stains.
Torah scroll, Sephardi scribal writing, housed in a Tunisian-style wooden case wrapped in drapery. [Israel, ca. 1960s].
Ink on processed parchment. Writing characteristic to Oriental Jewry in Eretz Israel in the 60s.
The scroll is housed in a 13-sided wooden case draped in fabric in Tunisian style, topped with a sawn crown. Attached to the case are dedication plates shaped like the Two Tablets with the names of: "R. Faraji Alush and his son Susu Alush and his wife Felila"; and the inscription: "Donation of the girls Kadara and Zahiya Alush for the life of the family of the holy rabbi…". Hooks are attached all around the case for hanging the crimson velvet drapery machine-embroidered with silver threads, decorated with a braided ribbon and straps. A Torah crown and Tablets of Law are embroidered in the center, flanked by verses, Stars of David surrounded by flowers, lamps and dedications: "Kadara daughter of Felila Alush, Zahiya daughter of Felila Damara and Simcha daughter of Tita Bochovze"; "Felya daughter of Aziza, Aziza daughter of Esther, and Oreda daughter of Rivka, R. Parazi son of Oreda and Pinchas son of Mas'uda Alush".
R. Faraji Alush (1854-1921), Rabbi of Gabès (Tunisia) was a revered sage in Tunis. Author of the Ohev Mishpat responsa. In the 1970s, his remains were brought to Israel and interred in the Be'er Sheva cemetery in which his disciple R. Chaim Chori was buried.
Height of parchment: approx. 50 cm. Light-colored white parchment. Good condition.
Height of case: 74 cm. Diameter: approx. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Breaks. Open break on one side of the crown.
Drapery: 57X113 cm. Good condition. Unraveling fabric and stitches and torn loops.
Torah scroll, ink on gevil, in Sephardi scribal writing. [Morocco, ca. 18th/19th century[.
Ink on soft, light-brown gevil. 52 lines per column.
Height of membranes: approx. 51 cm. Good-fair condition. Few stains. One membrane slightly detached. Housed in a new case, 85 cm, made of Formica-covered wood with a colorful print, framed with tin crown ornaments.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.
Torah scroll. [Morocco, 19th century].
Ink on Gevil (soft texture, brown-hue), Sephardi scribal writing. Rolled on the original atzei chaim. 48 lines per column.
The scroll is rolled on a pair of wooden atzei chaim, carved with a geometric pattern and decorated in green and red. Silver rings, also etched with geometric patterns are attached to the top of the atzei chaim. At the bottom edge of one of the atzei chaim is an ownership inscription in ink: "This is the scroll of [Rabbi] Yitzchak Gabai".
Height of membranes: approx. 53 cm. Maximum height including the atzei chaim: approx. 96 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains. Tears to membrane. Tears affecting text in several places. Late corrections to text. Two late replaced membranes [20th century?].
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.
Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, ca. first half of 17th century].
Faded light-brown ink, on light-brown parchment. Sephardi scribal writing (16 lines per column). Several letters in the column listing the names of the ten sons of Haman are embellished with adornments characteristic to Italy in the 16th-17th centuries.
Written on the last membrane at the end of the scroll [in a later writing: ca. first half of the 18th century] is the blessing "HaRav et Riveinu" and the text of "Arur Haman…", with Kabbalistic kavanot (according to the book Chemdat Yamim).
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, some damaging text. Some tears were sewn together (with thread made of animal veins) and one was glued on the verso with a strip of paper. Folds affecting text. Hole in one place affecting text. Many letters are blurred and faded due to aging.
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, end of 17th century or first half of 18th century].
Ink on thin parchment. Italian scribal script (14 lines per column). Enlarged initial, style of layout similar to the scroll printed at the end of the 1551 Venice Chumash. The layout of most of the megillah conforms with the layout of the scroll which was printed at the end of the 1555 Ferrara Chumash.
Height of parchment: 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Holes in the beginning of the scroll, affecting text. Faded ink and ink spreading in several places.
Enclosed in an expert's report.
Esther scroll. [Near East (most probably Eretz Israel), first half of 20th century].Ink on parchment.
Sephardi scribal script decorated with serifs (tagim). "Hamelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "Hamelech"), 20 lines per column.
On the reverse of the first membrane appears an inscription in oriental script: "This scroll was… the estate of the deceased rabbi…". Rolled on a wooden roller. Parchment strip for binding (detached).
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Height of parchment: 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and creases. Some tears. Correction of ink in some places.
Parchment Esther scroll, large format. [Poland, 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat scribal writing, HaAri Ashkenazi-Chassidic. 42 lines per column.
In seven places in the scroll, letters alluding to Holy Names at the beginning and end of words are enlarged [The Name of G-d is not mentioned throughout the Esther scroll, but allusions can be found to His Names. A common Chassidic-Kabbalistic practice is to stress the Names in the scroll, however, according to the opinion of the Vilna Gaon, only letters enlarged by the Mesorah (tradition) are permitted to be enlarged].
Height of parchment: 54 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and dark discoloration. Few holes and tears to parchment. Creases. Blurred and faded letters in some places.
Esther Scroll on parchment. [Poland-Lithuania, ca. 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Small artistic Ashkenazi scribal writing. 42 lines per column.
Height of parchment: 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Few holes and tears to parchment. Blurred, faded letters in some places due to aging.
Tehillim. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1521.
On the first leaf is a partial title page, titled Ketuvim. Part of a volume of the Bible printed in Venice in 1521. The 1521 edition was identical to the first Bomberg edition of the Bible printed in Venice in 1518, with the exception of the book of Tehillim which in this (1521) edition is printed in short lines, four columns per leaf.
Long Latin inscriptions throughout the book.
399-434 leaves (a photocopy of the general title page of the Bible was added to the beginning of the volume). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding.
Two volumes - Trei Asar and the Five Megillot. Paris, 1543. Part of the miniature edition of the Bible printed by Robertus Stephanus (Robert Estienne) in 1543-1546.
Two volumes. Trei Asar:  leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Worming to some leaves. Stains. Several inscriptions. Five Megillot:  leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Stains. The last two leaves were replaced with leaves from another copy. Contemporary bindings.
Five Books of the Torah. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, "by Cornelio Edelkind", .
Pocket edition. Handsome volume with contemporary leather binding.
Printed on the title page: "Open parshiot according to the Rambam… similar to a copy of a Torah scroll as much as possible, therefore the vowels and te'amim were omitted. A chart was added at the end which shows the source of the Torah readings for the entire year and for Shabbat and Festivals…". On the verso of the title page: "All need this, because all are obligated [to hear] the reading… Therefore, we have agreed to print this Chumash…to accompany a person at all times…".
223,  leaves. 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains to title page and to other pages. The text on one leaf is slightly flawed. Contemporary leather binding, with minor damages.
The date of printed was determined by Avraham Ya'ari, Mehkerei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, p. 361 no. 15 and p. 348.
Bible - Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
This edition was printed without vowelization or cantillation marks.
, 3-389 pages. 16.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstains. Dark and stained pages. Wear and creases. Several pages have severe staining and dampstains. The margins of the title page are cut flush with the border, without damage to the border or text. Minor damage to the title page. Old leather binding, without spine; damaged.
Five Books of the Torah, and Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
Pocket edition, volume with three parts (of four, without Ketuvim). Contemporary ancient leather binding, with gilt decorations on the spine and with a metal clasp.
Three parts in one volume. Torah: 318 pages,  blank pages. Nevi'im Rishonim: 271 pages,  blank pages. Nevi'im Achronim: 287 pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Both front and back boards are detached.
Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, [1573-1574].
Three volumes in pocket editions: Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim. Part of a four-volume edition of the Bible.
Leaves from a manuscript of Ibn Sina's Canon of Medicine (Hebrew translation), in Sephardi script [15th/16th century], were used in making the bindings of all three volumes.
Volume of Nevi'im Rishonim: 271,  pages. Lacking title page. Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: 287,  pages. Volume of Ketuvim: 352 pages. 9.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather bindings with minor damages.
Five Books of the Torah, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Leiden: sons of Franciscus Raphelengius, .
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Separate title pages for Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Unvowelized.
Incomplete copy - four leaves missing. 32, 37-44, 45-264, 227; 238 leaves;  blank leaf, 287 leaves. Pages 33-36 and 45-48 are missing and have been replaced with handwritten pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The title page is mostly detached. Erased inscription on the title page. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation. The letters "M.E.S.L.V.S." are embossed on the front and back covers. Wear and minor damage to the binding.
Mikraot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with Targum, Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Radak and Ralbag commentaries and the Mesorah. Venice: Bragadin, [1617-1619].
Two volumes containing Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim [from a complete four-volume edition of the Bible]. The books were printed and sold in weekly pamphlets, during 1617-1619, to finance the printing costs [see the Ketuvim volume, at the end of p. [8b]].
Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: , 442-668. 40 cm. Volume of Ketuvim: , 672-908; 8;  leaves (lacking a leaf from the appendices. Originally:  leaves). 39 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains and wear. Several leaves bound out of order. Damages to the title page of Nevi'im Achronim. Volume of Ketuvim: Several slightly damaged leaves repaired with glued paper. Ancient leather binding. The volume of Ketuvim has laces for fastening.
Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Geneva: Caffa Ilan, 1618.
Vowelized Bible, with two columns on each page. Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim (the five Megillot are printed after the Chumash without separate title pages). The Ketuvim title page contains the (incorrect) date of printing: 1614.
369, ; 124 leaves. The blank page  is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. 22 cm. Good condition. Light colored high quality paper. Stains. Leaves 30-32 are partially detached with minor tears to the margins. Original leather binding; damaged.
Sefer Tehillim (Psalms), with Seder Ma'amadot. [Venice, 1623]. Unknown printer.
Miniature volume with original leather binding. Title page of Sefer Tehillim is missing. Separate title page for Seder Ma'amadot containing the printing date and location.
,  blank leaf;  leaves. Approx. 7 cm. Missing title page of Sefer Tehillim. Condition varies; good-fair. Stains. The second part has several open tears to the margins, affecting text in several places. Dark stains. Original leather binding; with defects and worming.
This edition is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and does not appear in the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.
Sefer Kodesh Hillulim, Las Alabancas de Santidad, traducion de los Psalmos de David, por la misma Phrasis y palabras del Hebrayco. Tehillim in Hebrew, with Spanish translation and commentary by R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo. Amsterdam, .
R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo (1603-after 1675), a Jewish scholar in 17th-century Amsterdam, was born in Portugal to a family of Jews expelled from Spain and studied in Amsterdam with the rabbi of the Neve Shalom community, R. Yitzhak Uziel. Famous for his books on the structure of the temple, he later created a model of Solomon’s Temple and its holy vessels on an equivalent scale. This renowned creation earned him the appellation of “Templo” in the European world of science in those days. This is a Spanish translation with a commentary which he authored during the course of seven months, which reaped lavish praise of sages, scholars, researchers and poets.
Printed from left to right.
 leaves; 458,  pages. 18 cm. Good condition. Light-colored paper. Stains. Stamps on title page. Contemporary leather binding with ornamentation and gilt embossments. Damaged binding.
Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, [1659-1661].
First edition of the Bible edited by Johannes Leusden who also wrote the Latin introduction which appears after the proofreaders' Hebrew introduction. This edition was proofread in line with earlier printings and for many years was deemed the most accurate edition of the Bible.
Four parts in two volumes. General title page illustrated with a lovely copper-engraved frontispiece with vignettes from the Bible and a general title page in Latin. Each of the other three parts of the Bible have separate title pages.
Two volumes. Vol. 1: Torah, Five Megillot and Nevi'im Rishonim: , 234; 180 leaves. Vol. 2: Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim: 175, 180-190; 198 leaves. Leaves 209-234 containing the Five Megillot found in Vol. 1 were reprinted in the middle of Vol. 2 after the title page of Ketuvim. 17-18 cm. Good condition. Light-toned paper. Stains. Inscriptions and several notations (in Latin). New leather bindings.
Five Books of the Torah, with Five Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam: Uri ben Aaron Ha-Levi [1679-1680].
Pocket-size format, with original leather binding.
The last  leaves, with an "original poem for Rosh Chodesh" by R. Shlomo de Oliveyra, are not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and do not appear in the copy of the National Library of Israel.
120, 120-131, 133-149, 160-258 [i.e. 250], 239-372,  leaves. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The margins of the title page are trimmed with slight damage to border. Gilt-edged pages. Original green leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Worming and slight damage to binding.
Five Books of the Torah, with Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1699-1701].
Pocket edition. Ornate ancient leather binding, with metal clasps (one clasp is broken; part of it is missing). 402; 63 leaves (first half title page and half title page of Haftarot missing). 13.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Open tear on leaf 271.
Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Five Megillot, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim, Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1700-1705].
Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and for Ketuvim.
, 2-181; 142-286, ; 152,  leaves. Lacking leaf of approbations and illustrated frontispiece. 13 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Many Latin inscriptions on flyleaves. Restored leather binding.
Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Berlin, 1710-1711. Four pocket-edition volumes (tall and narrow). Part 1: , 220 pages. Part 2: , 187 pages. Part 3: , 194 pages. Part 4: , 231 pages. Part 1 lacks the front flyleaf, the Hebrew title page (replaced with an artistic photocopy) and the Latin title page. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor damages. Old bindings with leather spines, placed in slipcase (damaged).
Five Books of the Torah and Five Megillot with Targum Onkelos, Rashi commentary and Haftarot. Dyhernfurth, [1793-1794].
Miniature format. Original handsome leather red binding, with gilt decorations. The front cover is embossed with the letters S.U.
494; 26, , 42-49; , 21 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original handsome leather binding.
Seder Me'ah Brachot (Hundred Blessings), "According to the Sephardic rite", including Bircat Hamazon (Grace after Meals), Passover Haggadah, Tefillat Haderech (travellers' prayer), and "prayer at sea", as well as blessings for different occasions. Venice: Giovanni Martinelli, "commissioned by Sir Vendramini", 1636.
Pocket-size edition. Original handsome leather binding, with elaborate gilt embossing and decorations. The letters GT are embossed in the center of the binding.
The edition is not registered in the catalogue of the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, and appears in neither OCLC nor the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.
Ownership inscription the back flyleaf: "This volume belongs to Elisha Emron" [of Livorno. He is mentioned in the Chida's letter; see enclosed material].
63 leaves. 9.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Stains, wear and minor damage to the title page and several other pages. Tear to page 54, slightly affecting text. Several upper margins are trimmed bordering text. Original leather binding with gilt embossing; damaged.
Two volumes of a machzor - "Machzor of Sephardim for the High Holidays", and "Prayers for Festivals Sephardic rites". Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, .
Vol. 1 - Selichot, and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Vol. 2 - Prayers for Sukkot, Pesach and Shavu'ot, with commentary by the Rashbetz on Hosha'anot.
Vol. 1: 402 (i.e. 312) leaves. Without engraved frontispiece. The front binding with leaves 1-65 are detached from the rest of the machzor. Vol. 2: 255 leaves. Leaf 35 is partially torn, affecting text. Detached front binding. 14 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Loose and detached leaves. Damaged bindings.
Seder Tefillot Me'ulot - year-round siddur according to the Sephardi rite. Venice, [1702-1703]. Pocket edition.
Includes "Tikum Chatzot cited by R. Moshe Zacuto, with a few laws and novellae". An introduction to Tikun Chatzot appears on p. 213a: "The version of Tikun Chatzot was fixed and received from the elder pious and self-effacing R. Binyamin Levi who transmitted it 'mouth to mouth' to R. Moshe Zacuto who by faithful tradition received it from the disciples of the Ari…".
12 leaves of handwritten prayers were bound at the end of the siddur: Two in semi-cursive Italian script with the version of Mi SheBerach for marriages and for circumcisions, and ten leaves in neat (vowelized) square script containing various prayers: Kabblistic prayers to add to the Shacharit prayer, a prayer to recite "before delivering a sermon in public", blessing for a guest, etc. The last prayer incorporates the names of the brothers "Moshe Chaim and Aharon Chai, Cohanim, sons of Shoshana, they and their wives and children and their entire families…" [The identity of the writer and for whom these leaves were written remains obscure, however, we assume that he was a rabbi who delivered public sermons].
55, 57-220 leaves (lacking leaf 56) +  handwritten leaves. Leaf 88 is bound between leaves 80 and 81. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Few tears affecting text (with gluing). Contemporary binding with vellum spine, damages.
Not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. The year on the title page is 1702 and in the colophon - 1703.
Year-Round siddur, Ashkenazi rite, with Tehillim and Ma'amadot. Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, . Separate title pages for Tehillim and for Ma'amadot.
Fine tortoiseshell binding with ornate silver clasps. Ornate silver plates are embedded in the binding, on both sides. Two of the plates are etched with the initials "S.L." and "D.L." (apparently, the initials of members of the Levi family).
270; 42; 65,  leaves. 16 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Light stains. Small tears to first title page, almost without loss. Detached endpapers (front endpaper is torn and partially missing). Handwritten family inscription (Hebrew and English) on back endpaper. Pasted on the front endpaper is a strip of paper with an English dedication. Minor damages and breaks to binding.
Orden de las Oraciones cotidianas por estilo seguido [Daily prayers], Amsterdam, . Bound with: Los cinco libros de la ley divina [Five Books of the Torah]. Amsterdam, . Both printed by Shlomo Proops. Spanish.
Siddur and Chumash translated into Spanish. Title pages of both books are engraved. On the title page of the Siddur are Biblical scenes, and on the title page of the Chumash are illustrations of Moshe and Aharon, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the Beit HaMikdash. The calendar "Calendario de Ros-Hodes Fiestas y Ayunos" (1717-1733, also printed by Shlomo Proops) is bound between the two books.
Fine tortoiseshell binding, with silver clasps (marked). Silver plates are embedded in the binding, on both sides.
Siddur:  leaves, 535,  pages. Calendar:  leaves. Chumash:  leaf, pp. 411-412 (belong to the Haftarot), 528 pages. Separate title page for the Haftarot at the end of the Chumash. 17 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Stains and dampness traces. Ex-libris on the inner side of the back binding. Minor damages to binding. One broken clasp.
"Sephardi Machzor for the High Holidays". Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, .
Pocket edition, contemporary handsome leather binding with gilt ornamentation.
Two parts. Separate title page for each part. Part 1 is composed of daily prayers. Part 2 contains prayers for Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur. Approbations of the Rabbi of the Amsterdam Sephardi community R. Shlomo Ayllón (Aelion) and of the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community, author of the Chacham Zvi, appear at the beginning of the machzor.
44; 311-468. Two title pages. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Gilt edges. Fine contemporary leather binding. Minor damages to binding.
Prayerbook according to the Roman rite, including prayers for the entire year, Tehillim (Psalms) and Ma'amadot. Venice, .
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Particularly thick volume including all prayers for the entire year: High Holidays, Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot, Tehillim, Torah readings, various prayers and Ma'amadot.
360, 336 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt-edged pages. Original leather binding with damaged clasp (second clasp missing). Damage and worming to the binding.
Siddur for Rosh Chodesh and Festivals, Sephardi rites. Florence, . Pocket edition.
Prayers for Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh, the Three Festivals, High Holidays, Chanuka and Purim and fast days. Contains Pirkei Avot (with Italian translation), Passover Haggadah, Azharot for the Festival of Shavuot, Selichot and Hosha'anot, etc. Ends with "Seder Zemanim - composed by… David Mildola of Livorno…", [songs and prayers for various occasions].
Two complementary copies: Copy 1 lacks the last leaf. Copy 2 lacks Leaves 227-231, 350-351 (total of 7 leaves). Originally: , 351 leaves. 12 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Copy 1: The margins of some leaves are trimmed, slightly affecting text. New binding. Copy 2: paper gluing to margins of title page. Contemporary damaged leather binding.
"Sephardic Machzor for the High Holy Days", "redacted in a small volume in an aesthetic and comfortable arrangement". Amsterdam: Abraham ben Raphael Hezekiah Athias, .
Prayer book in miniature form, including Selichot and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Miniature volume. 360 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges (decorated). Original ornate leather binding, with gilt ornaments and clasp for fastening. Detached spine. Minor damage to binding.
Seder Chamisha Ta’aniyot, according to the Sephardic rite. Amsterdam: Abraham ben Raphael Hezekiah Athias, .
Miniature edition with original leather binding.
Prayers and Torah readings for the Fast of Gedalya, the 10th of Tevet, Ta’anit Esther, the 17th of Tamuz and for Tisha B’Av.
199,  leaves. approx. 8 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several margins are trimmed on text border, with slight textual damage. Original handsome leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Minor damage to binding. In original case.
Year-round machzor, weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals, Italian rite. Venice, . Two parts in two volumes.
"Year round machzor according to the rites of the holy communities of Italian Jews". Engraved frontispiece in all volumes.
Part 1: Prayers for weekdays and Shabbat, Pesach and Shavuot, public fasts and the four parshiot. Part 2: Selichot and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
Part 2 contains glosses in Italian script in several places with explanations of words, text variations and errata. A handwritten index of piyyutim appears on a front endpaper.
Vol. 1: , 264 leaves. 18 cm. Vol. 2: , 274 leaves. 19.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Gilt edges. Some of the letters on the title pages are printed in red ink. Binding and several leaves of Part 1 are detached. Contemporary bindings, damaged.
Prayerbook according to the Sephardic rite. Venice, . Bound with: Sefer Tikkunei Shabbat by the Ari. Venice, .
Miniature volume with original leather binding.
The title page of "Tikkunei Shabbat" states, "Printed as a merit for the child Na'im Gad ben Yitzchak Foa of Constantinople" (grandson of the printer, Gad Foa).
224, 128 leaves. Approximately 9 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt edged pages. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation; damaged. Tears to the spine. Includes original matching case, missing a part.
Yom Kippur prayers, Sephardi rites, with prayers from the writings of the Ari and from the book Chemdat Yamim. Venice, .
Fine copy with contemporary leather binding.
A printed leaf titled "Tefilla L'Va'Ya'avor" is attached to the front flyleaf (with a metal pin), containing a prayer by R. Chaim ibn Attar, author of Or HaChaim, "to say on Yom Kippur while the cantor is saying Va'Ya'avor" [prayer regarding the exile of the Shechina, printed in Livorno in 1797 in the machzor for Yom Kippur (see next item) and later in additional machzorim].
This leaf was printed on its own, apparently in Livorno, soon after the printing of this machzor. The leaf is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor does it appear in the NLI catalog. As far as we know, this is the only existing copy.
, 146-206, 193-352, 2 leaves +  printed leaf. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather binding with gilt adornments, with damages. Wear and light tears to attached leaf.
Yom Kippur Machzor. Livorno, . Printed by Eliezer Sa'adon. Hebrew and Ladino.
Five parts in four volumes. Each part has a separate title page and title. Special medium-sized edition, for convenient use.
The prayer "Tefillah L'VaYa'avor" was first printed in these machzorim [to be said at the time the cantor recites "Va'Ya'avor"] by R. Chaim ibn Attar, author of Or HaChaim. This prayer appears in all five parts.
1. Part 1: "K'lil Tiferet - Minchah prayer for Erev Yom Kippur. Bound with: Part 2 - "Ma'ariv Aravim" - the Kol Nidrei prayer and Arvit. Kol Nidrei is followed by a prayer for Grand Duke Ferdinand III, with a Ladino text. Introduction by the printer R. David Chaim Milul (in Ladino).
2. Part 3: "Morning Prayer for the Day of Awe" - Shacharit and the Torah reading. Prayer for Grand Duke Ferdinand III, with Ladino text.
3. Part 4: "Avodat Mikdash" - Musaf prayer.
4. Part 5: "Minchah for the late afternoon and the locking of the gates" - Minchah and Ne'ila, and Arvit for Motza'ei Yom Kippur.
Five parts in four volumes: 16 leaves; , 46, 17-36 leaves; 105 leaves; 70 leaves; 72, 37-50 leaves. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Some worming. Contemporary binding embossed with the name Salamone Cammeo.
Set of machzorim, Ashkenazi rites, published by R. Wolf son of R. Shimshon of Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1800-1805. Nine volumes, all first editions. Two title pages per volume. Attractive set with original leather bindings.
The printing of the first edition of these machzorim, by R. Ze'ev Wolf Heidenheim, began in 1800 and ended in 1805 with the printing of the machzor for Shavu'ot (in which he writes: "The work on this part has been completed together with the Kerovot for all nine parts). During these years, the first volumes were reprinted several times. These machzorim merited enthused approbations by leading Torah figures including the Ba'al Hafla'ah. The Chatam Sofer too, wrote an approbation praising these machzorim. Often, in his sermons and in his compositions, the Chatam Sofer cites the commentaries and notations of "the accomplished sage R. Wolf Heidenheim". The Admor HaZaken, R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Ba'al HaTanya, endorsed the Heidenheim siddur and upon printing his own siddur, he "instructed to proofread it from the siddur of the well-known sage R. Wolf Heidenheim printed in Rödelheim, because it is accurate [and] proofread very well". His machzorim made a great contribution to the research and preservation of the piyyutim of Ashkenazi communities, and numerous editions were reprinted up until the Holocaust.
Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Heidenheim - the Rava (1757-1832) - was an exegete, grammarian and renowned mesorah researcher. In his printing press in Rödelheim, he printed his grammatical works, his Chumashim accurately adhering to the mesorah, and his celebrated machzorim "Sefer Kerovot."
Nine volumes. Vol. 1 (First Day of Rosh Hashanah; 1800; first edition): , 103; 12 leaves. * Vol. 2 (Second Day of Rosh Hashanah; 1800; first edition): , 99, 12 leaves. * Vol. 3 (Eve of Yom Kippur; 1800; first edition): , 56, 16 leaves + , 68; 12; 22 leaves from volume 4.* Vol. 4 (Yom Kippur; 1803; first edition): 41; 12; 28; 12; 33;  leaves. The first part of this volume (, 68; 12; 22 leaves) is bound at the end of Vol. 3. * Vol. 5 (First and Second day of Pesach; 1800; first edition): , 104; 12 leaves. * Vol. 6 (Seventh and Eighth day of Pesach; 1800; first edition): , 14; 116; 12 leaves. * Vol. 7 (Shavu'ot; 1805; first edition):  10; 12; 124; 12 leaves. * Vol. 8 (First and Second day of Sukkot; 1800; first edition): , 12; 63; 10; 12 leaves. * Vol. 9 (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah; 1803; first edition): 7 [actually: 4], 115; 12 leaves.
18 cm. White and greenish paper. Gilt edges. Overall very good condition. Scattered stains. Paper restorations in some places. Matching set. Original leather bindings, with new leather spines.
All nine volumes contain the bookplate of Professor Yisrael Ta-Shema (1936-2004). His handwritten notations and inscriptions appear in several places and on the flyleaves.
Siddur Beit Tefilla, containing prayers for the entire year according to the Italian rite, "with small letters that have been carefully proofread". Pisa, .
Miniature siddur containing year round prayers, birkat hamazon, traveler's prayer, "beautiful prayer… from the siddur of Rabbi Shmuel Latif", and many other prayers.
64, 49-224 leaves. 7.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases to the margins of several pages. Original leather binding, partially detached. Minor damage to binding.
Seder Ma'ariv BiZmana V'Seder Sefirot HaOmer. Mantova, [ca. 1740].
Miniature volume, bound in original leather binding with gilt embossments and original leather case. A printed blessing for protection appears on the title page. Arvit prayer conforming with Italian rites. With laws of Sefirat HaOmer, and a separate page for each day of the Sefirah, containing Kabbalistic kavanot.
, 2-28, 28, 22-27, , 28-42, 52 leaves. Mispagination. Total of 52 leaves (complete). 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor wear. Open tear to one of the last leaves (slightly affecting text). Green fabric bookmark. Contemporary leather binding in very good condition. Housed in its original leather case.
Two volumes of "Seder Sefirat HaOmer" in miniature format, printed by Gad Foa in Pisa, Italy.
* Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot (intentions) from Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Pisa, 1794.
 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Creases to the corners of several pages. Front wapper. Without binding.
* Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot (intentions) from Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Pisa, 1796.
 leaves. 9 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Creases to the corners of several pages. Front wrapper, partially detached. Without binding.
Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with Birkat HaLevana, Sephardi rite. [Amsterdam]: J. B. de Mesquita, 1862. Small format (5.8 cm).
The book opens with the blessing for counting the Omer and with the prayer recited after the counting. This is followed by the full text for each day's counting, a separate page for each day, with the Hebrew text above and the numbers of the days and weeks in Latin script below. The latter is written in the following manner (in Spanish or Portuguese): H [=Hoy/Hoje, today], S [=Semana, week], D [=Día/Dia, day]. Afterward, the Birkat HaLevana and the subsequent prayers are printed.
On p. 54 is an unusual text for the counting of the last day of the Omer: "Today is forty-nine days of the Omer which are seven complete weeks" (instead of "seven weeks"). This text appears in the machzor of the Aleppo rite, Venice 1527, and is similar to the Yemenite text and the text of the Geonim [see: Mekorei HaTefillah, R. A. Zlotnik, Jerusalem 2015, Part 2, p. 169].
65 pages (and another 12 blank leaves at the beginning and end of the book). Height of pages: approx. 5.8 cm, width: approx. 2.6 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tear affecting text to p. 55. Several leaves trimmed on text border. Gilt edges. Original binding, partially detached and slightly damaged, with gold blocking: "Sefirat HaOmer". Placed in a cardboard sleeve.
Rare. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, nor in the NLI catalog. Only two copies are listed in the OCLC, both in Dutch public libraries.
Three siddurim printed in Livorno:
1. "Prayers according to the rite of the holy Sephardi community". Livorno, [1808 or 1829]. Not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. Original leather spine with gilt decorations.
2. Siddur "Beit Tefillah according to the rites of the Italian community". Livorno, . Contemporary binding, leather spine with gilt decorations.
3. Siddur "Beit Tefillah according to Sephardi rites for every Rosh Chodesh and every Shabbat". Livorno, . Original binding, floral fabric.
3 books. Size and condition vary.
Four siddurim and machzorim with fine bindings:
1. "Year-round machzor, according to the Italian rite", Part 2. Venice, . Leather binding with gilt adornments and embossment: "S.U". Printed leaves with Italian songs are bound at the beginning and end of the machzor.
2. Machzor for the High Holidays and for the Festivals of the month of Tishrei. [Italy, 18th century?]. Lacking title page and several concluding leaves. Leather binding with gilt ornamentation and embossment: "S.U".
3. Siddur Imrei Lev, Prières d'un coeur israélite, livre d'offices et recueil de prières et de meditations pour toutes les circonstances de la vie. Paris, [1860?]. French. Binding covered with embroidered fabric. Detached binding. Tears and damages to fabric cover.
4. Siddur Imrei Lev, Preghiere D'un Cuore Israelita, Raccolta Di Preghiere E Di Meditazioni. Trieste (Italy), 1864. Italian. Leather binding with an embroidered fabric cover with floral ornamentation.
4 books. Size and condition vary.
Erech Hatephiloth, Rituel de Toutes les Grandes Fêtes a l'usage des Israélites du Rite Allemand. Set of machzorim - prayers for all the festivals of the year, German rite, "arranged and accurate, translated into French" by R. Elchanan Durlacher. Paris, 1865-1868.
Hebrew and French translation on facing pages.
Complete set, ten parts in nine volumes, with elegant bindings. At the beginning of each volume, a leaf precedes the title page with a charming lithograph (each lithograph depicts a different Biblical scene). Several leaves with names of subscribers (who advanced funds for printing) in French, were added at the ends of the second volume for Sukkot and the second volume for Pesach. These leaves are not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and do not exist in the copies in the NLI.
9 volumes. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt upper edges. Bindings with leather spine. Colored endpapers. Minor wear to bindings.
Brit Yitzchak, arrangement of chapters of the Bible, Mishnayot and Zohar to recite on the eve preceding a Brit Milah (circumcision), Ashkenazi rite. Amsterdam, .
At the end of the introduction (p. 7) are handwritten signatures of the publishers: "Shimon Heigmans" and "David Shelihas". [R. Shimon Heigmans wrote a grammar book titled Safah Achat, Amsterdam, 1835].
8, 90 pages. Good condition. Clean leaves. Stamps on title page. New leather binding.
Psalmer til brug ved gudstjenesten i Synagogen [liturgical hymns for the synagogue], translated into Danish and edited by A. A. Wolff [R. Avraham Alexander Wolff]. Copenhagen (Denmark): S. Triers Forlag og Tryk, 1862. Danish.
On the front binding is a portrait photograph of the editor, Dr. Avraham Alexander Wolff (1801-1891, Otzar HaRabbanim 1044), Chief Rabbi of Copenhagen and of Danish Jewry in the 19th century. Prolific author, he wrote thousands of sermons during his tenure, hundreds were published in Danish and a selection in German.
Handwritten revision on p. 22.
64,  pages. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains. Inscription on inner side of front binding. Original binding, with gilt ornamentation. Gilt edges. Damage to binding.
Keter Kehuna – Birkat Cohanim, Pidyon HaBen and Birkat HaMazon. Hamburg, 1881.
Pocket edition intended for cohanim, containing two relevant topics: Birkat Cohanim and Seder Pidyon HaBen. With instructions and other sections in Yiddish. Charming colorful title page (hand-colored print), with an illustration of the raised hands of cohanim in the center. Contemporary red binding, with gilt embossment of a gate, crown and the name of the book.
German dedication on front endpaper, dated 1912.
, 32 pages. 11 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Small tear to bottom margins of title page, without loss. Contemporary binding, slightly worn.
Hilchot Rav Alfas (Rif), with commentaries. Krakow: Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz, 1597-1598. Three parts in three volumes.
Many ownership inscriptions and pen scribbles in Ashkenazic handwriting on the title pages and endpapers, as well as on pages 48b and 192b of volume I. Among them are ownership inscriptions of R. Alexander Sender Katz, dayan in Metz (mentioned in the introduction to Yam Yissachar, Metz, 1769), and his son R. Avraham Mordechai Katz.
Three parts in three volumes. Volume I:  leaves. The final  leaves of Tractate Avoda Zara, followed by  leaves of "Esrim Sha’arei Shevuot", which belong to volume III, are included also at the end of this volume. Leaves  and  from Tractate Moed Katan are bound incorrectly between the leaves of Tractate Avoda Zara. Volume II: 268 leaves. Volume III: 302,  leaves. Without leaves 853-872 of Halachot Ketanot.
35-36 cm. Condition varies; good-fair. Many pages in good condition. Stains and wear. Worming, partially repaired. Tear to the title page of volume I, repaired with photocopy. Repaired tears to the other two title pages and other pages with several instances of damage to text. Original bindings - wood covered with leather, damaged, with traces of clasps.
Talmud Yerushalmi. Krakow: Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz, 1609. Four parts in four volumes.
Second edition of the Talmud Yerushalmi, based on the Venice edition (1523-1524). A short commentary was added in the margins by R. David son of R. Menashe of Krakow, known as Rabbi David HaDarshan.
At the beginning of Zera'im is a general title page of the Talmud Yerushalmi, each of the other parts (Mo'ed, Nashim and Nezikin) have their own title page.
On the title page of Vol. 1 is a signature of "Eliezer son of R. [?] Yosef Binyamin Heidenheim" - signature of R. Eliezer Bergman (1799-1852), born in Heidenheim. One of the heads of the Jerusalem settlement of German immigrants, rabbi and friend of R. Yehosef Schwartz, author of Tevu'ot HaAretz. Disciple of German yeshiva deans R. Wolf Hamburg and R. Avraham Bing. He customarily signed his name with the acronym of his name "HaAviv" [Eliezer son of Yosef Binyamin]. A small part of his novellae and compositions were printed in the books Sha'arei Aviv (Bnei Brak, 1969) and B'Har Yera'eh (Jerusalem, 1975).
Several glosses. Long ancient [trimmed] gloss on p. 2a of Vol. 2 (Seder Mo'ed).
Ownership inscriptions and scribbles on last leaf of Vol. 4 (Nezikim). Among them is the inscription: "This book belongs to the orphans of the late… R. Yissachar Ber who was Rabbi of the Schwerin community, today Thursday, Rosh Chodesh Elul…", and the signature of "Shimshon son of R. Yissachar Ber Rabbi of the Schwerin community", etc.
Four volumes. 65; 83; 66; 51 leaves. 33.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. High-quality paper. Stains and wear. Dampness traces. Restored tears, in some places affecting text. Worming, restored in some places. Restored tears and worming to first title page. New bindings.
Mishnayot, with Kav V'Naki commentary, Part 2 - Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot. Amsterdam, . First edition of the Kav V'Naki commentary.
Short glosses, references and erasures in several places.
19, 21-, 100-119, 150-247, 247-276, 278-282 leaves. 11 cm. Good-fair condition. Most leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming. Worming to some leaves affecting text. Nice-looking contemporary leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Damages and worming to binding.
Six Sidrei Mishnah in one volume, with the Kav V'Naki commentary, Part 1 - Zera'im, Moed and Nashim, Part 2 - Nezikin, Kodshin and Taharot. Amsterdam: Shlomo Katz Proops, .
Pocket edition ["We have printed it in a small volume so the reader will be able to carry it with him…"]. Separate title page for Part 2. Printed at the end of the volume is a "tikun for study of the Bible Mishnah and Tur" - a daily study plan.
Contemporary leather binding with clasp.
Inscriptions. On the front endpapers are a kabbalistic prayer written in Italian script for Shabbat at Mincha time and a segula "for eliminating bad thoughts while praying". One of the back endpapers bears a copy of a passage from Sefer Yetzira in Sephardic script.
134; , 136-325,  leaves. 11.5 cm. Fair condition. Many stained leaves. Several detached leaves. Contemporary leather binding with clasp. Worming to binding, affecting handwritten text on front endpaper.
Six Sidrei Mishnah, with Rashi commentary and Etz Chaim commentary by R. Ya'akov Chagiz. Berlin, [1716-1717]. Second edition.
Fine six-volume set, with contemporary leather bindings, adorned with gilt embossments.
Signatures and stamps to title pages: "Avraham Yekutiel Zaks" of Lissa (son of R. Dov Yo'el Rabbi of Lovshin); "Mordechai son of R. A. of Hall"; "Chaim Tuvia Fligeltov son of R. Moshe Naftali of Warsaw" (father-in-law of R. Shmuel Tanchum, commentator of Rambam La'Am), etc.
Six volumes. Vol. 1 (Zera'im): , 8, 98 leaves. Vol. 2 (Mo'ed): , 8, 136 leaves. Vol. 3 (Nashim): , 120 leaves. Vol. 4 (Nezikin): , 160 leaves. The title page of this volume was replaced from a different copy. Vol. 5 (Kodshim): , 136, 139-150 leaves. Vol. 6 (Taharot): 5, 196, 201-206 leaves. Lacking leaves 197-200 (total of 4 leaves). 17 cm. Good condition. Stains. Few tears to several leaves. Worming to last leaves of Vol. 5. Contemporary leather bindings, with gilt ornamentation.
Mishnayot, with Tiferet Yisrael commentary, by R. Yisrael Lifshitz. Five parts out of the Six Sidrei Mishnah: Seder Mo'ed, Danzig, ; Seder Nashim, Danzig, ; Seder Nezikin, Danzig, ; Seder Kodashim, Königsberg, . Seder Taharot, Hanover, . First edition of the Tiferet Yisrael commentary to Mishnah, which later was embraced by the entire Jewish world and has been printed in hundreds of editions.
Five sedarim in six volumes. The "Peticha" (introduction) of Seder Mo'ed (called Kupat HaRochlim) is an a seperate volume, without binding. The other five volumes include the wrappers printed on colored paper (blue, yellow and red). On the back of the wrappers is an illustration of a harp, with the caption, "Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage".
The composition Avi Ezer on the Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, by the author's father R. Gedalia Lifshitz, is included (as of printing) in the volume of Seder Nashim.
Ownership inscription in the volume of Seder Taharot: "…Uri Feivel son of R. Meir Falk Breslau 1882".
Part 2 - Mo'ed: , 229 leaves; including (in a separate volume) "Peticha… Kupat HaRochlim": , 148 pages. Part 3 - Nashim: , 162, ; , 25 leaves; Part 4 - Nezikin: , 6 pages, 281 leaves. Part 5 - Kodashim:  leaves, 71,  pages, 234, 224-319, 319-336 leaves. Without  folded plate with the layout of the Beit HaMikdash. Part 6 - Taharot: , 3-18; 54,  folded plate, 55-179,  leaves.
5 parts in 6 volumes. 15.5-16 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Dark leaves. Ownership stamps. Original bindings with leather spines, besides one volume (the introduction to Seder Mo'ed) which has no binding. Wear and damages to bindings. Volume of Part 5 is detached into two parts between leaves 81 and 82.
Babylonian Talmud. Vilna: the Widow and Brothers Romm, [1881-1912]. 34 volumes.
Set of Vilna Talmud, bound in contemporary bindings, with leather spines.
The volumes of this set were printed from 1881-1912.
* Berachot, Mishnah Seder Zera'im. 1886. * Rif Berachot, Shabbat, Eruvin and Pesachim. 1881. * Shabbat. 1883. * Eruvin. 1887. * Pesachim. 1886. * Yoma, Yerushalmi Shekalim. 1886. * Sukkah, Rosh Hashanah. 1912. * Beitzah, Ta'anit. 1886.* Megillah, Mo'ed Katan, Chagiga. 1886. * Rif Yoma-Chagiga. 1881. * Yevamot. 1889. * Ketubot. 1887. * Rif Yevamot, Ketubot. 1883. * Nedarim. 1897. With: Nazir. 1884. * Gittin. 1886. * Kedushin, Sota, 1884. * Rif Kiddushin and Gittin. 1884. * Bava Kama. 1886. * Bava Metzia. 1886. * Rif Bava Kama, Bava Metzia. 1882. * Bava Batra. 1886. * Sanhedrin. 1892. * Makot, Shevu'ot. 1891. * Avodah Zara. 1897. With Horayot and Masechtot Ketanot. 1889. * Rif Bava Batra, Makot and Shevu'ot. Without title page and year. * Rif Sanhedrin, Avodah Zara. Without title page and year. With Hilchot Bechorot and Challah by the Ramban. 1885. * Zevachim. 1884. * Menachot. 1887. * Chulin. 1892. * Rif Chulin. 1886. * Bechorot. 1892. With Arachin. 1885. * Temurah, Keritot, Me'ila, Tamid, and Mishnah Midot. 1885. * Nidah. 1886. * Mishnah, Seder Taharot. 1886.
34 volumes. Approx. 43 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Uniform contemporary bindings. Wear, tears and damages to bindings and spines.
Der Babylonische Talmud, Babylonian Talmud with German translation, "printed according to the first edition of Daniel Bomberg’s Talmud, Venice, with textual variations", by Eliezer (Lazarus) Goldschmidt. Berlin-Vienna: Benjamin Harz, 1925. German and Hebrew. Eight out of nine volumes.
The translation of the Talmud into German was a monumental project undertaken by Lazarus Goldschmidt in 1896. His translation was based on the uncensored edition of the Talmud first printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice in the early 16th century. Goldschmidt’s work was completed in 1909.
Eight volumes, without the last (ninth) volume. 31 cm. Overall good condition. Damages to bindings.
Collection of ancient printed leaves, including many incunabula:
* Leaf fragment from the Ralbag commentary on the Book of Iyov. [Naples, 1487]. * Leaf fragments from the Ramban commentary on the Torah (six leaves from the weekly Torah portions of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim). [Lisbon, 1489]. * Leaves from Sefer Kol Bo (6 leaves). [Naples, ca. 1490. First edition]. * Two leaves from Sefer HaShorashim by the Radak. [Naples, 1490]. * Leaf from Sefer HaShorashim by the Radak. [Naples, 1491]. * Leaf from the Ramban commentary on the Torah (end of Parshat Vayikra and beginning of Tzav). [Naples, 1490]. * Two half leaves from Perush HaMishnayot L'HaRambam. [Naples, 1492. First edition]. * Leaf from Halichot Olam, by R. Yeshua son of R. Yosef HaLevi. [Constantinople, 1510]. * Leaf from Yalkut Shimoni, on Tehillim. [Salonika, 1521. First edition]. * Approximately 20 leaf fragments from the book Tola'at Ya'akov, by R. Meir ibn Gabai. [Constantinople, 1560]. * Six leaves from the Mahari ben Lev responsa, Part 3. [Constantinople, 1573. First edition].
Dozens of leaves and leaf fragments. Size and condition vary.
Maharik responsa, by R. Yosef Kolon. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1519]. First edition.
Colophon on last page: "This book was completed on Wednesday the 22nd of Adar 1519 by the Jewish brothers, sons of Baruch Edelkind… Daniel Bomberg from Anversa [Antwerp]".
Sources and references in Sephardi script appear in a few places.
, 233 leaves. Without title page (originally: , 233 leaves). 24 cm. Good condition. Wide margins. Stains and wear. Without binding.
Terumat HaDeshen, responsa, by R. Israel Isserlin. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, . First edition.
The sheets of the book have close to one hundred glosses by various writers, most of them by two writers in ancient Ashkenazi-Italian script [ca. 16th-17th centuries]. The ancient glosses contain references and scholarly notes (which open with the words: "From here it seems…", "From here is proof…", "Implied from here…"). Several glosses in the handwriting of R. Shmuel Heller Rabbi of Safed, and glosses and references by more writers.
Several censorship erasures. Four leaves are lacking, from Siman 17 until the middle of Siman 35, and were replaced by hand (the handwriting resembles the typography of the book).
Many signatures of R. "Shmuel Heller". Signatures and additional ownership inscriptions: R. "David Yerucham". Ownership inscription: "This book belongs to the young man outstanding in Torah knowledge and fear of Heaven, son of the holy R. Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch son of the Rabbi of Kretshnif", and stamp of "Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch of Tiberias" [died in Tishrei 1908. Brother of R. Moshe Deutsch, son-in-law of the son of R. Shmuel Heller].
R. Shmuel Heller (1786-1884), Torah scholar and physician, was raised in the home of the Chozeh of Lublin and following his advice, immigrated to Eretz Israel. Served as Rabbi of Safed for sixty years (for his biography and the history of settlement in Safed see "HaRav HaManhig V'Harofeh - Safed, 1989).
R. David Yerucham, one of the heads of Kollel Perushim of the Vilna Gaon's disciples in Safed. His signature appears on an emissary letter from 1828, together with the signatures of R. Yisrael of Shklow and of R. Chaim Cohen Rabbi of Pinsk (see enclosed material).
 leaves;  leaves replaced in handwriting;  leaves (originally:  leaves). 24.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Mildew stains to first leaves. Minor worming to margins, not affecting text. Many glosses are in faded brown ink. Old binding with leather spine.
Commentary on Rashi by the renowned Torah scholar R. Elya Mizrachi. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1527. First edition.
First edition of the Mizrachi commentary, the foremost super-commentary to Rashi's commentary on the Torah, by R. Eliyahu Mizrachi (the Re'em). Printed in his commentary on Parshat Masei is a map of Eretz Israel with east facing upward. This map, drawn primarily with straight lines in square and rectangular shapes, is the first Hebrew map ever printed.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions, as well as thirty old glosses in Sephardic handwriting from several authors. Several long glosses, (mostly trimmed). A gloss in Parashat Lech-Lecha reads: "I found written in the rabbi's manuscript…". In Parashat Bo, "R. Levi ben N… explained here…".
The title page and other pages contain many elaborate signatures of "Yehuda Levi Gazal" (Jerusalemite scholar; see enclosed material). A gloss in Parashat Beha'alotcha is signed, with the Hebrew letters D.I.G. (possibly, "the words of Yehuda Gazal). The top of page  contains the ownership inscription of "the young Nissim Chaim Moda'I Set" (1806-1891, rabbi of Izmir, author of "Drisha MeChaim" and other works). Several of the glosses are in his hand.
Two glosses are signed "M.C.R." (Parashat Noach) or "the young M.C.R." (Parashat Bechukotai). [Possibly the signature of R. Moshe Chaim Rimini, rabbi of Firenze, whose work "Machar Chodesh" was printed as a second volume to Sefer Matnat Yad by R. Daniel Trani, Firenze, 1794].
 leaves. Originally  leaves. The last six leaves are missing. 26.5 cm. Condition varies; good-fair. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and dampstains on several leaves. Tears and damages to the title page (partially repaired with paper). Worming, affecting text in several places. Old binding.
"Siddur" of year-round prayers, Karaite rite, by Aharon ben Yosef. Parts 4-5 (of five parts). [Venice, 1528-1529. Printed by Cornelio Adel-Kind in the printing press of Daniel Bomberg]. First edition.
Karaite machzor. These parts contain prayers for Rosh Hashanah, "Order (of prayers) for the Ten Days of Mercy", prayers for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Fast of the Seventh (month - 23rd of Tishrei), Fast of the Tenth (10th of Tevet), Purim (with Megillat Esther), "Blessings for circumcision", "Birkat Chatanim (for weddings)", "Prayers for Shabbat during days of rejoicing", songs and Tzidduk HaDin.
On p. 213b, at the end of the prayers for the "Ten Days of Mercy", is a long inscription in ancient handwriting attesting to the sale of the machzor to members of the Karaite community in the city of Trakai [Troki], adjacent to Vilna in 1647: "I, the undersigned, notify with my signature below that I sold the second part of the machzor eternally to Nachamu son of Tzefanya and he is entitled to take possession of this machzor… Written here in Trakai on the 30th of Tishrei 1647, Michael son of Tzadok… Nachamu son of Shimon… Yehuda son of Aharon". Later, the aforementioned Nachamu donated the machzor to the Karaite synagogue of the Biržai community in Northern Lithuania, as he writes on p. 120b: "I, Nachamu son of the elder Tzefanya, attest like one hundred valid witnesses that I, Nachamu, have readily decided for the sake of a cure for my wife and children to donate this second machzor… to the synagogue of the Biržai community… here in Biržai on Monday Rosh Chodesh Tishrei in 1649 [?]". 18th century births are recorded on the blank leaf following leaf 213.
Many glosses with handwritten revisions, sources and supplements are added to the leaves of the machzor. Leaves 55-56 bear glosses in a foreign language in Hebrew letters, possibly in Karaim (spoken by some sects of Karaites). At the end of the machzor are five handwritten leaves, with replacements of the text of Tzidduk HaDin.
Lacking copy. Parts 4-5. 75-213, ; -49, 50-105, 105-129, 133-152, 154-219 leaves. Originally: 57-213; 49, , 50-105, 105-133, 133-224 leaves. Lacking 34 leaves. 19 cm. Condition of leaves varies, fair-poor. Stains and wear. Open tears to several leaves. Leaf edges are notably browned (apparently due to dampness). Warped spine, the book is detached into two parts. Unbound.
Apparently, a complete set (five parts) of this siddur did not survive. In 2007, a facsimile of the Yom Kippur and Sukkot prayers in this siddur was published in Jerusalem.
Sefer Mitzvot, Negative and Positive Commandments - Praecepta mosaica sexcenta atque tredecim - Kitzur S'mag (Abridgement of Sefer Mitzvot Gadol) by Moshe miKotsi [Moïse de Coucy], by an anonymous author, with Latin translation and supplements by Sebastian Münster. Basel: Henricus Petrus, . Hebrew and Latin.
This is the first edition of Kitzur S'mag. A polemic arose regarding the identity of its author. No manuscripts of this composition were known and it was discovered for the first time in this edition [followed by repeated editions, some include commentaries by various rabbis]. Some thought that R. Moïse de Coucy, author of the S'mag, abridged the book himself (as the Chida wrote). However, others claimed that Sebastian Münster wrote the book to scoff the Jews, since he wrote in the introduction to the Latin part of the book that he printed it "to show how the eyes of the Jews are blind and their hearts are closed to understanding, in that they follow the Oral Law". Some assert that the book should be destroyed and that it was put on the "Jewish bookshelves" by an unfortunate mistake. At the end of the Hebrew part, Münster added two pages containing basic Christian doctrines. In his article "Kitzur HaS'mag L'Mi" (Moriah, Year 16, Tamuz 1988, p. 34 and on), R. Avraham Chavatzelet claims that the author was apparently expelled from Portugal in 1497. See enclosed material.
The two leaves with Christian doctrine were destroyed or torn out of many copies (by Jews who owned the book). They are complete in this copy.
Handwritten Latin inscription on the title page of the Latin part.
 leaves. 14.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains. Light-colored high-quality paper. Adorned contemporary leather binding, worn and damaged.
"This book Sifra", Midrash Halacha on Vayikra. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1545. Second edition.
Ownership inscription in the center of the title page: "Shlomo Schorr".
59 leaves. 28 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming. New binding.
Iggeret Shamayim Larom, "known as Bechinat Olam"; ethical philosophic letter by R. Jedaiah Hapenini Bedersi. Mantova: Yaakov ben Naftali Hakohen of Gazzuolo, .
Leaves [42-44] contains "a poem… written… by R. Jedaiah… in which each word contains the letter Lamed, and the entire poem utilizes only the first half of the Hebrew alphabet (until the letter Lamed)". This poem is known as "Batei Hanefesh" or "Beit El", and is also called "Bakashat HaLamedin". In actuality, it was composed by R. Jedaiah's father, R. Avraham Profiat Bedersi. See Y.A. Ben-Yaakov, Otzar HaSefarim, p. 71, no. 280; Otzar HaShira VehaPiyut, III, p. 37, no. 800.
Rabbi Jedaiah HaPenini Bedersi (ca. 1270-1340) was a poet, doctor and philosopher from Beziers, France. He considered himself a disciple of the Rambam and he wrote enthusiastically in his favor during the great debate regarding the study of philosophy (his responsa were published in the Rashba's responsa, chapter 418). This work is an ethical work dealing with the value of worldly matters versus those that will merit everlasting life in the World to Come.
Censors' signatures on the final page. List of books in Italian script on the back flyleaf.
 leaves. 14.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page and first leaves are loose. Creases to the margins of the title page. Crossed out inscriptions on the title page. Original vellum binding, damaged.
Tur Choshen Mishpat, with Beit Yosef. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, . First edition with commentary of Beit Yosef by R. Yosef Karo (author of the Shulchan Aruch). Two volumes.
The beginning of the first volume (Hilchot Dayanim) contains dozens of handwritten glosses in Italian script, some lengthy (some partially trimmed). The (unknown) author is evidently an Italian scholar who lived during the time period of the printing. He quotes Sefer Kessef Mishna by R. Yosef Karo, and refers to him as the author of the Shulchan Aruch. He also quotes the Rama, who he refers to as "the editor", and R. Ovadia of Bartenura (Bertinoro), whom he quotes as criticizing Ashkenazic rabbis for their high fees.
One of the pages contains censors' erasures, with the text rewritten by hand (by a different writer).
Ownership inscriptions. Censors' signatures on the title page and final page.
Two volumes. 332 leaves. 38 cm. Condition varies; good-fair (most leaves are in good condition). Thick, high-quality paper. Stains. Worming, affecting text in several places. Slight damage to text in several places, repaired with handwritten text. New bindings. Spines created using parts from the original leather bindings.
Mishneh Torah L'HaRambam, with Hasagot HaRa'avad and the Magid Mishneh, and with the Kesef Mishneh commentary by Yosef Karo. First volume (of four), Parts Mada-Zemanim. [Venice: Bragadin, 1575]. First edition of the Kesef Mishneh.
Ownership inscription of "Yosef son of Mordechai HaCohen" at the top of the first leaf and on p. 271a. A long inscription in Yemenite script (Judeo-Arabic) appears on the page following the index signed with three curly [obscure] signatures, from 1828.
Approximately twenty ancient glosses by several writers in Sephardi and Italian script, some trimmed. Written in a gloss on p. 270b: "So I have seen in the holy writings of the great Rabbi Maharam Galante…". Several glosses in Yemenite script.
, 316 leaves. Originally: , 316 leaves. Lacking: title page and leaf . 29 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Dampness traces. Heavy worming, especially to inner margins. Detached leaves and gatherings. Tears affecting text of first and last leaves. Old, detached and damaged leather binding.
Responsa by the Ralbach, Levi ibn Habib. Venice, 1565. First edition.
Ancient signatures on title page: "Feivish Hamburg[er]" [perhaps R. Uri Feivish Hamburger (ca. 1670-1757), Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community of London. See enclosed material). Another signature: "Eliezer Landau…".
Stamps of R. "Yehoshua son of the late Moharshal of Osnovice and now of Ostrova" on title page. On leaf 30 and on leaf 54 are stamps of his grandson (son-in-law of his granddaughter) R. Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice. Possibly, this copy also belonged to R. Yitzchak Ya'akov of Biala, son-in-law of R. Yehoshua and father-in-law of R. Yosef Zvi.
R. Yehoshua of Ostrova (died in 1873, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 52-53), was a Polish tsaddik, son of R. Shlomo Leib of Łęczna. He succeeded his father in leading a large following of thousands of Chassidim and was renowned for his greatness and holiness. Author of the book Toldot Adam (Józefów 1875) which earned the cognomen No'am Elimelech HaKatan. His son-in-law R. Yitzchak Ya'akov Rabinowitz of Biala was the predecessor of the Biala Chassidism.
R. Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice (1886-1957), scion of the Warka Chassidism, son-in-law of R. Yitzchak Ya'akov of Biala, served as Rabbi of Kartashov, and was later summoned by Skierniewice Chassidim led by R. Yitzchak Gershonkorn, founder of the city, to fill the position of first Rabbi of Bnei Brak.
, 206 [i.e. 210], 217-328 leaves. Lacking leaf  of the index (replaced with a photocopy). 29 cm. Condition varies among the leaves, most in good condition. High-quality paper. Title page with many damages, mounted on paper for restoration. Tears on second leaf repaired with coarse adhesive tape. Stains and wear to first two leaves and to several other leaves. Slight worming. Old binding.
The book contains many printed glosses by an anonymous proofreader. Apparently, the book was first printed with the glosses of this proofreader and later many leaves were reprinted with these glosses revised or entirely omitted. Therefore, many differences exist between various copies of the book. For further information regarding the variations between the copies, see: Y. Rivkind, Dikdukei Sefarim, Kiryat Sefer, 10, 1933-1934, pp. 492-493, no. 8; Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, Jerusalem 1885, pp. 119-120, no. 715.
Sefer Yuchasin, history from Adam HaRishon and the chain of the transmission of the Torah, by R. Abraham Zacuto, with additions: Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon; the fourth Ma'amar of the book Yesod Olam by R. Yitzchak HaYisraeli; glosses of R. Moshe Isserles [the Rama]; Seder Olam Zuta. Krakow: [Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz], 1580-1581.
Second edition. Leaves 5-7 [genealogy from Adam to Avraham] were added to this edition. Leaves 155-156: Anthologies from Orchot Olam by R. Avraham Pritzol. On p. 156b: "These are the words of R. Moshe Isserles: the order of the transmission of the Torah which I have copied from the book Yesod Olam… and at each place which I added something, I wrote 'Hagah'…". Most of the following editions of this book were based on this edition.
Glued on the verso of leaf 7 of this copy (which is blank in other copies) is a section of a printed leaf, added by the printers after printing: "Found in an ancient book: The Book of Bereshit from the creation of the world until the death of Yosef, 2680 years. The Book of Shemot, from the death of Yosef until the building of the Tabernacle, 124 years… [and more calculations of years]". This section ends with: "Until here, are things which were added to the book, the continuation is the content of the book itself". This leaf was glued to only some copies.
Slightly trimmed gloss in Ashkenazi script on p. 47a.
Copy lacking end. 165 leaves (originally: 168 leaves. Lacking three last leaves). Leaf  was bound between leaves 37-. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Dampness traces. Wear and tear to title page. Worming to some leaves. Handsome leather binding, with worming.
Imrei Shefer, supercommentary on the commentaries of Rashi and R. Elya Mizrachi on the Torah, by R. Nathan Shapira of Grodno. [Krakow and Lublin: Kalonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, 1591-1597].
R. Nathan ben Shimshon Shapira (ca. 1490-1577), author of "Mevo She'arim", was renowned for his genius by the scholars of his time. He was a contemporary and colleague of R. Shalom Shachna of Lublin, teacher of the Rema and the Maharshal (his grandson, who bore his name, was R. Nathan Shapira, the "Megale Amukot").
The first part of the book (Bereshit-Shemot, pp. 1-150) was printed in Krakow, while the second part (Vayikra-Bamidbar-Devarim, pp. 151-260) was printed in Lublin. The author's son and publisher, R. Yitzchak, began printing the work in Krakow, but was then appointed dayan and rosh yeshiva in Lublin, where he completed the printing of his father's work (the typography and fonts of the two printings are different). In 1593, between the Krakow and Lublin printings, the book "Biurim", a commentary on Rashi, was printed in Venice. The book was a forgery attributed to R. Nathan Shapira, and was banned in Poland.
Ownership inscriptions on the front flyleaf: "This book belongs to the distinguished Bezalel son of the distinguished Aharon, cantor at Jemgen [?]. Inscribed by Elyakim son of R. Yitzchak Isak, teacher here in Jemgen [?]". The first page contains a slightly trimmed signature: "The young… Moshe Tenkels---".
259,  leaves. Title page missing. 30.5 cm. Condition varies; some pages in good-fair condition, and some in fair-poor condition. Stains and various degrees of worming. Several pages with severe worming with damage to text. Most of the worming damage is to the inner margins. Old binding; vellum coated wood, with clasps (one partially missing). Tears and worming to cover.
Sefer HaAruch, glossary of difficult Talmudic vocabulary, in alphabetical order, by R. Natan son of Yechiel of Rome. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1559.
Ancient ownership inscriptions on title page and front flyleaf, with names of Alsatian Jews originating from Ribeauvillé, Colmar and Breisach.
Long (obscure) ownership inscription on vellum binding recording the purchase of the book from Shmuel of Hagenau [Alsace]. The name of R. Naftali Katz, author of Semichat Chachamim, is mentioned in this inscription.
Signature on p. 97a: "Ya'akov son of Chaim… of Venice".
166 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Worn, detached ancient vellum binding.
Arugat HaBosem, Hebrew grammar, by R. Shmuel Archevolti. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, 1602.
Date on title page: Elul 1602. Colophon: "Printing was concluded… Kislev 1602".
Signature on title page: "Meir Walsh [?]". Several glosses in Ashkenazi script.
119,  leaves (leaf 50 was erroneously bound before leaf 49 and leaf 52 before 51). 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor repairs to title page margins. Stains. Dampness traces. Dark ink stains to upper margins of some leaves. Old binding, with leather spine.
Masoret HaTalmud, Talmudic tractate index by topic. [Salonika]: Judah Gedalia, .
Only edition of the first printed index to Talmudic tractates. The title page includes a listing of the twenty-nine tractates in the index, without the tractates from Seder Kodashim and Taharot. Published anonymously.
This index was published before the establishment of the standardized Talmudic page format (“tzurat hadaf”) by Daniel Bomberg, and therefore references chapters rather than pages.
The word "Talmud" on the title page is erased and replaced with the word "Gemara", evidently due to censorship (the word "Talmud" was written in the margin in pencil during a later time period).
Handwritten ownership inscriptions on the title page in Italian script: "I bought this volume from R. Yitzchak… the young Yitzchak Shabtai of Ovadia"; "I bought this volume, Daniel ben Uziel…"
54 leaves. 24 cm. Poor condition. Stains. Extensive worming to most leaves. Old binding with worming; front board detached.
Iyov (Job), with the commentary of R. Yitzchak son of R. Shlomo HaCohen. Constantinople: Eliezer son of Gershom Soncino, .
Signature on title page: "Nissim Ani" - The sage R. Nissim Eini (d. 1899), a Torah scholar and kabbalist from Babylonia who immigrated to Eretz Israel and was renowned as a leading Torah sage and Kabbalist in Jerusalem. Friend and companion of R. Eliyahu Meni as well as his partner in proofreading manuscripts and printed books containing kabbalistic teachings of the Ari (see: Min HaGenazin anthology, published by Ahavat Shalom, Vol. 7, pp. 132-135). He was accustomed to signing his name "Ani [omitting one Hebrew letter changing the meaning to 'the poor'].
Another signature in Ashkenazi writing: "…Tevli HaLevi". Another inscription in Latin letters on the title page.
19 lines of errata were printed on the last page of this copy (added to only some copies). See: Yitzchak Rivkind, Dikdukei Sefarim, Kiryat Sefer, 2, 1921-1926, p. 61, no. 16; Avraham Ya'ari, Hebrew Press of Constantinople, Jerusalem 1967, pp. 100-101, no. 139.
 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstain traces. Repaired worming. Margins of title page and of many other leaves are damaged (some damages affecting text) and professionally repaired. Repaired title page. New binding.
Shoresh Yishai, commentary on Megillat Ruth, by R. Shlomo Alkabetz, author of Lecha Dodi. Constantinople: Shlomo ibn Oshki, 1561. First edition, printed in the author's lifetime.
Signature on title page: "…Yisrael Lattes". Another signature on a leaf detached from the binding: "…Yisrael Lattes". Another signature on title page: "Ya'akov Karmi".
More than 15 glosses in ancient Italian script. Most begin with the words: "It seems to me", "I can say", and similar introductory words.
96 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick and high-quality paper. Stains. Dampness traces. Worming to the bottom margins of the first forty leaves. Of these, the text of 15 leaves is slightly damaged. Several loose leaves. Contemporary worn damaged leather binding, partially detached.
Collection of 15 books of responsa and halacha printed in Salonika from 1719-1806. Some bear signatures and stamps of important rabbis and handwritten glosses.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
15 books in 14 volumes. Size and condition vary. The books have been disinfected from worming. Some lack leaves (see Hebrew description).
Seven books printed in Livorno, with dedications and glosses:
1-2. Shnei Eliyahu, homilies for special Shabbatot, by R. Eliyahu Yisrael. Livorno, . Printed with: Ar'a D'Yisrael, by R. Eliyahu Yisrael. Livorno, . On the first title page is a dedication by R. Yosef Matzliach a Safed emissary written for R. Avraham Shalom. Ownership inscriptions: "Borrowed from… Nissim Sabach"; "…Chalfon Attie". Two glosses inside the book.
3. P'nei HaBayit, novellae on Choshen Mishpat, with the Beit Av treatise on Mishne Torah LaRambam, by R. Avraham Entebbe. Livorno, . Author's handwritten dedication on title page to "Avraham Selvina[?]". Another ownership inscription: "…Ezra Chiya Yedidya Lachmi" [an 18th century sage in Egypt]. Trimmed gloss on p. 41a.
4-5. Tokfo shel Yosef, Part 1, by R. Yosef Almaliach. Livorno, . Bound with: Oz V'Hadar. Part 1. Novellae on Tractates Shevu'ot, Avodah Zara and Horayot by R. Shmuel di Avila. Livorno, . Title page of the first book is inscribed by R. Yosef Almaliach grandson of the author, to R. Ya'akov Abatan, Marrakesh posek: "This is a gift sent to the sage and dayan R. Ya'akov Batan from the grandson of the author, whose name is like the name of his teacher...". Three glosses signed "Ya'akov", apparently by R. Ya'akov Abatan.
6. Kerem Chemar, Part 1, by R. Avraham Ankava. Livorno, . Handwritten dedication by the author on title page: "Gift from me to R. Moshe Garshin… Avraham Ankava". Long penciled gloss on flyleaf. Another gloss appears on p. 84b (in pencil), signed "Me'Ayin YAVO (initials)" [possibly, the signature of R. Machluf Abuchatzira, author of the book Me'Ayin Yavo].
7. Da'at Kedoshim, alphabetical index for the laws in Arba'a Turim, by R. David HaCohen Rappaport. Livorno, . Missing 6 middle leaves. Dedication on title page, apparently by the publisher R. Ya'akov David Yekutiel HaCohen, a descendant of the author and Jerusalem emissary, to R. Avraham ben Atar: "A gift from a cohen to… R. Avraham ben Atar…".
Seven books in five volumes. Size and condition vary. The books have been disinfected from worming.
Collection of galley proofs from Salonika and Livorno printing presses taken from a "bindings geniza". Most contain handwritten emendations and glosses. [Salonika and Livorno, 18th-19th century].
The proofs include: leaf with handwritten corrections from the proof of Sefer Chikekei Lev by R. Chaim Palagi, Salonika 1840, as well as leaves with corrections from Sefer Mishpat Tzedek by R. Meir ben Shem Tov (Salonika, 1795), Sefer Ketem Paz by R. Shimon Lavi (Livorno, 1795), Responsa Machazeh Avraham by R. Avraham de Boton (Salonika, 1795), and others. When compared with the printed editions, it was found that all the glosses and emendations on these leaves were included in the final text. Several of the leaves are unidentified, including leaves from an unidentified edition of the Zohar.
Approximately 30 leaves and leaf fragments. Size and condition vary. Stains, wear and extensive worming.
Large collection of hundreds of galley proofs: title pages, pages and gatherings from books, including pages removed from "bindings geniza". [Various locations, 16th-19th centuries].
The collection includes dozens of title pages from the Livorno, Salonika and Izmir printing presses, as well as various other European presses: Frankfurt-am-Main, Chernivtsi, Nowy Dwór, and others from the 19th century. Also included are hundreds of leaves and gatherings from various printing presses, from the Italian presses in the 16th and 17th centuries to the European presses in the 19th century. The collection also includes dozens of leaves removed from "bindings geniza".
Hundreds of pages. Size and condition vary.
Passover Haggadah, with translation and halachot in Marathi, and with illustrations, edited by Moshe Yaakov Telker and Aharon Daniel Telker. Poona (Pune, India): [Vitthal Sakharam Agnihotri, 1874]. Lithograph.
2,  leaves, , 5-50, 5-44, 5 pages. 21 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Most leaves in good condition. Stains. Coarse and open tears (primarily to inner margins), professionally repaired, affecting text in several places. New binding.
Yaari 1077; Otzar HaHaggadot 1437.
Mishne Torah L'HaRambam. Jessnitz, [1739-1741]. Complete set. Four parts in four volumes.
Two leaves with geometric sketches related to the laws of Kiddush HaChodesh, Shabbat and Sukkah are bound after the title page of Part 4. These leaves belong to Vol. 1.
Four volumes. Vol. 1: , 234, 102,  leaves (two leaves with diagrams are bound at the beginning of Vol. 4). Vol. 2: , 148; 112,  leaves. Vol 3: , 221; 169 leaves (leaves 99-100 of the second pagination were bound twice). Vol. 4: , 135, 138-154; 157,  leaves. 35 cm. Overall good condition. Stains, wear and creases to several leaves. Few tears to several leaves. Open tears to last leaves of Vol. 4. The last leaf of this volume is detached. Crossed out signatures on title pages. Original vellum bindings, with damages (some partially detached).
Tashbetz, all four parts, responsa and Chut HaMeshulash. Amsterdam, 1738. First edition, with eight title pages.
Reputedly, R. Shimon son of Tzemach Duran, author of Tashbetz, deeply respected his holy books and would clean them daily. He therefore merited that no worming or mildew blemish his book (see: Naftali ben Menachem, Gevilei Sefarim, p. 11). His care for his books gave rise to the legend that in virtue of this practice, his book was bound in beautiful elegant fish-leather bindings.
, 91; , 69, ; , 68, ; , 101,  leaves. With an additional title page to Part 3, not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original wooden binding covered with fish-leather, with gilt ornamentation.
This edition has several variants, which can be differentiated by the number of title pages. Some copies are known to have 7 title pages, and some were printed with only four title pages (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, and see the article by Dan and Gita Yardeni, Alei Sefer, 10, pp. 119-132). This copy has eight title pages, with an additional title page to Part 3.
Mekor Chochmah, "to comprehend and know pure sayings… from the Zohar… on the entire Torah", by Kabbalist R. Yissachar Ber of Kremenets. Prague: Moshe Katz, 1610. First edition.
Hebrew translation of short sections of the Zohar, according to the order of the weekly Torah portions. Important approbations by leading Torah scholars of his days [printed at the end of the book]: the Rama of Fano, R. Mordechai Yaffe author of the Levushim, R. Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz author of the Shla, R. Gedalia Cordovero [son of the Ramak], etc.
The author, R. Yissachar Ber son of R. Petachya of Kremenets, was an Ashkenazi kabbalist in Poland who lived in the days of the Arizal's disciples. He authored Yesh Sachar - a "Shulchan Aruch" of Jewish law according to the Zohar (Prague, 1609), Pitchei Y-a - indexes of Kabbalistic concepts (Prague 1609), Imrei Binah - glossary according to the Zohar (Prague, 1611) and this composition. Traditionally, his soul was a spark of the soul of the Arizal, as cited in the book Shivchei HaAri, in a letter written to him by R. Shlomo Shlomil of Strážnice (Dreznitz, son-in-law of R. Yisrael Saruk). R. Shlomo Shlomil addresses R. Yissachar with remarkable words: "Who can be compared to your greatness among the entire Jewish People who live in Ashkenazi countries… my heart tells me that very definitely you are the sage about whom R. Chaim [Vital] said that he is a reincarnation of the Arizal…".
Early signatures on title page of "Itzik Ashkenazi Segal" and erased signatures. Signature on p. 6a: "Natan Eicheles".
 leaves (mispagination). 19 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and wear to title page and to first leaves. Minor tears and creases to title page margins. Worming. New leather binding.
Eshel Avraham, Kabbalistic matters and commentary on the Zohar by R. Mordechai Ashkenazi. Furth, 1701.
Title page illustrated with figures of Moshe and Aharon and the battle of David and Goliath. The book contains Kabbalistic diagrams. In the middle of the book (leaves 45-46) are two pages with Ilanot. One page bears "Sheva Hechalin D'Kudsha" and the facing page "Sheva Hechalin D'Klipa".
186 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and minor wear. Dampstains. Light worming to several leaves. Some leaves are dark. Pencil and pen marks on text. Contemporary worn and damaged binding.
Chemdat Yamim, mussar and conduct, according to Kabbalah and the teachings of the Arizal. Part 1 for Shabbat and Part 4 for the month of Elul, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. [Venice, 1793]. Title pages and titles in red ink. Two volumes.
Several signatures. Among them: "Shlomo Harari" [apparently, R. Shlomo Harari, a sage from Damascus], etc. Both volumes bear the signatures of "…Shalom Hedaya".
The kabbalist and Torah scholar R. Shalom Hedaya (1862-1945, Otzar HaRabbanim 18135), Aleppo sage and elder kabbalist in Jerusalem, from 1927 headed the Beit El kabbalist yeshiva, and from 1930, served as Av Beit Din in Jerusalem. He wrote Se L'Veit Avot, Shalom LaAm and Dover Shalom.
Part 1: 65, 68-109 leaves. Lacking leaves 66-67. Part 4: 103 leaves. Size varies, approximately 25 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Dampstains and signs of mildew. Detached leaves and gatherings. Old damaged bindings.
Reshit Chochma, by R. Eliyahu de Vidas. With the LaDa'at Chochma commentary by R. Menachem son of Shlomo HaLevi. Amsterdam, .
Glosses in Italian-Sephardi script on most pages: textual variations, supplements from Chazal and the Zohar, errata, sources. A handwritten leaf was added to the end of the book with a text of "Hadran" upon concluding the book (Italian inscriptions on the verso). Censor erasures in several places (references to reincarnation and to non-Jews were deleted).
, 275 leaves; 12 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Restorations to title page and to other pages. Stains and wear. New binding, with vellum spine.
Six books, most printed in Russia and Poland, bound in one volume. Some are bibliographically unknown editions. Some are lacking and some are complete:
1. Asarah Hilulim, by the Shla. [Selfkovitz, 1804 - lacking title page and three last leaves]. Only few Hebrew books were printed in this city.
2. Hilchot Derech Eretz, by R. Meir Poppers, with Yiddish translation. [Russia-Poland?, 1822]. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI.
3. Orchot Chaim, by the Rosh, with Yiddish translation. [Russia-Poland?, 1800-1840?]. The division of the book into days of the week is mentioned on the title page, as was practiced in the city of Vienna according to the regulation of the Tosfot Yom Tov "to divide it into seven parts… and he commanded to recite one part daily in his community… before Baruch She'amar after the congregation is wrapped in their tallit and donnig their tefillin, the leader of the prayers should then recite it out loud and all the congregation should join him…". Lacking two middle leaves. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI.
4. Machberet Purim, a parody for Purim, by Emanual HaRomi. Vienna, 1814. Lacking 3 middle leaves. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI.
5. Tomer Devorah, by R. Moshe Cordovero. Shklow, .
6. Avodat HaKodesh, by the Chida. [Polonne 1816].
Six books in one volume. Asara Hillulim:  leaves. Lacking  leaves. Hilchot Derech Eretz:  leaves. Orchot Chaim:  leaves. Lacking 2 leaves. Machberet Purim: 1, 4-5,  leaves. Lacking 3 leaves. Tomer Devora: 16 leaves. Avodat HaKodesh:  leaves.
Varying paginations. 16.5 cm. Many bluish leaves. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Tears with minor damage. Worming. In several places the worming affects the text. Some leaves are trimmed slightly affecting the text. Ancient damaged leather binding. Ownership inscriptions in Oriental script. Enclosed is a handwritten leaf with a piyyut forming the acrostic "Yehuda".
Shaar HaKavanot by R. Chaim Vital. Jerusalem: Yoel Moshe Salomon, 1873.
The title page contains the signatures of the Kabbalist R. Avraham Salim: "I bought this book from Chacham Refael Tabush… May I and my descendants merit studying from it… the young Avraham ben Nathan Salim Se"t". The book contains Kabbalistic glosses and Torah novellae in his handwriting.
The Kabbalist R. Avraham ben Nathan Selim (1868-1938), was a scholar from Aleppo and Jerusalem, and father-in-law and teacher of R. Ezra Attiya, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Porat Yosef. He was a teacher of Torah in Aleppo before moving to Jerusalem in 1898, where he joined the Kabbalistic Yeshiva "Rechovot Hanahar", led by R. Chaim Shaul Dweck. After some time he returned to Aleppo, where he remained until the close of WWI. Upon his return to Jerusalem, he was acclaimed as a master Kabbalist and Torah scholar. Some of his Kabbalistic Torah novellae are printed in "Chayei Avraham", in the book "MeChelev Ha’aretz" (Jerusalem, 1966).
, 116 leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition. Brittle, fragile paper. Many tears and paper gluing to the margins. Stains and wear. Worming. Old leather binding, slightly damaged.
Two manuscripts, written in calligraphic Oriental square handwriting, evidently by a scholar in a Kabbalistic Yeshiva in Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. The manuscripts contain additions and erasures in blue ink from a later time period. [Jerusalem, ca. 1940s].
* "Kavanat Shabbat" - prayers for the commencement of Shabbat (Kabbalat Shabbat) with the intentions of the Ari and the Rashash (edited and abridged intentions of the prayers according to the writings of the Ary and the Rashash, with sources).
13 written pages. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains. Detached leaves.
* "Yichud HaMezuza" - intentions for affixing a mezuzah according to the writings of the Ari and the Rashash (edited intentions as printed in the siddur of R. Shabtai). The pamphlet includes glosses beginning with the words "It seems to me, Moshe…".
7 written pages. 16 cm. Good condition.
Manuscript - tables of "Partzufei HaAtzilut" according to the teachings of the Ari and the Rashash, in calligraphic Oriental square handwriting. The manuscript was evidently written by a scholar in a Kabbalistic Yeshiva in Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. The manuscripts contain additions in blue ink from a later time period. [Jerusalem, ca. 1940s].
Tables summarizing the details of "Partzufei HaAtzilut", based on the teachings of the Rashash according to the chapter titles in Sefer Etz Chaim by R. Chaim Vital.
2 leaves, 3 written pages. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folding marks.