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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.