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Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters

by Kestenbaum & Company


374 lots | 258 with images

January 31, 2013

242 West 30th Street, 12th floor

New York, NY, 10001 USA

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ABOAB, ISAAC.

Lot 1: ABOAB, ISAAC.

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Description: Menorath ha-Ma'or ["The Candelabrum of Light:" Ethical Treatise] Provenance: Joseph Schreiber, the youngest son of the ChaSam Sofer. Previous owner's signatures on front fly-leaf "Yuzpe ben-Ha-G[aon] M[oshe] S[ofer] - Joseph Schreiber" and further on final leaf in Ashkenazic and Italian hands, including Shmaya Aboulafia of Pesaro. Marginalia in an Aschkenazic hand. ff.116. Some staining, marginal repair on title and elsewhere. Modern calf gilt. Folio. Vinograd Mantua 95.• The signatory on the front fly-leaf was the youngest son of the Chasam Sofer (1825-1883). In turn, his-son-in-law was R. Yehudah Greenwald, Rabbi of Satmar. For more details, see M.A.Z. Kinstlicher, HeChasam Sofer V'Talmidav (2005) pp. 204-6 (includes facs. of signature).Mantua, G. Ruffinelli, 1563.

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Lot 2: ABOAB, SAMUEL.

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Description: Sepher HaZichronoth [on ethical behavior] FIRST EDITION. ff. (4), 86. Previous owners' signatures, light browning and staining. Modern calf. 4to. Vinograd, Prague 367.(Prague, circa 1650).

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ABRABANEL, DON ISAAC.

Lot 3: ABRABANEL, DON ISAAC.

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Description: Pirush al HaTorah [commentary to the Pentateuch]. Edited by Samuel d'Archivolti. FIRST EDITION . Printer's device on title (Yaari, 18). Few marginal notes in Latin. ff. 425 (i.e. 424), (1). Dampstained, ff. 11 with marginal repairs. Later vellum backed marbled boards, rubbed. Folio. Vinograd, Venice 641; Mehlman 626; Adams A-54.• "The commentary on the Pentateuch may be considered Abravanel's most authoritative presentation of his views, and it was not without good reason that he considered it the first and foremost of his works. As Abravanel put it: 'I invested in it all my thought and all my knowledge.'" B. Netanyahu, Don Isaac Abravanel: Statesman & Philosopher (1968) p. 86.Venice, Asher Parenzo for Giovanni di Gara, 1579.

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Lot 4: ABRABANEL, JUDAH.

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Description: ("Leone Ebreo"). Dialoghi di Amore. FIRST EDITION . Printer's device at end. Marginal notations in an early hand. Few light stains. Modern vermilion-colored morocco. 4to. Adams A-59.• Following the Spanish Expulsion, Judah Abrabanel settled in Italy and became there one of the major standard-bearers of the Italian Renaissance. The eldest son of Don Isaac Abrabanel, but more commonly known as Leone Ebreo, Judah Abrabanel's literary fame rests upon the Dialoghi, among the most popular philosophical works of the age. His central thesis is that love is the foundation of the world and that nothing besides it exists. Abrabanel's poetic sentiment and orthodox traditions significantly contribute to the fact that he could not be content with the rationalism of the Aristotelian-Maimonidean system and was more attracted to the mystical world of the medieval Kabbalah with its strong inclination toward neo-Platonism. For a brief analysis of the philosophy found within Dialoghi di Amore, see I. Zinberg, A History of Jewish Literature (1975) Vol. IV, pp.15-20. See also; C. Roth, The Jews in the Renaissance (1959) pp. 128-36.Rome, Antonio Baldo d'Assola, 1535.

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ALBELDA, MOSES.

Lot 5: ALBELDA, MOSES.

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Description: Reshith Da'ath ["Beginning of Knowledge": philosophic sermons] FIRST EDITION . On title and f. 230v printer's device of triple crowns (Yaari, Hebrew Printers' Marks 18). ff. 10, 9-243. Title with previous owners' marks and with outer margin repaired, closely shaved in places. Later boards, worn. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Venice 666.• R. Moses ben Jacob Albelda (1500-before 1583) served first as Rabbi in Arta, Greece, and later in Valona, Albania. He was a gifted preacher and prolific author. Reshith Da'ath, the first of several sermonic works by Albelda, addresses the topics of Divine Providence and Repentance. See JE, Vol. I, pp. 322-323; EJ, Vol. II, col. 529Venice, Asher Parenzo (Bragadin?), 1583.

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