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Auction 44: June 25th, 2009

Lot: 7 ACHAI GAON She'iltoth [Halachah as derived from the Pentateuch] FIRST EDITION. Title within architectural arch. First words of five divisions of Pentateuch richly historiated. ff. 62. Signatures including Saul Yitzchak Marciano), lengthy full page inscription on verso of title in an Italian hand recording births in 1647 and 1652, some staining, slight marginal worming repaired, signatures of censors on verso of final blank (dated 1629 and 1687). Modern calf. Folio Vinograd, Venice 294; Habermann, Bomberg 181; Adams A-104

Daniel Bomberg, Venice: 1546. Est: $500 - $700
Price Realized: $850

-The first work attributed to an author after the close of the Talmudic era. In the nineteenth century, R. Naphtali Zevi Judah Berlin ("NeZIV"), famed dean of the Volozhin Yeshivah, published a commentary to the work, "Ha'amek She'elah." In the twentieth century, Prof. Samuel Kalman Mirsky of Yeshiva University published a critical edition of the She'iltoth. This copy Includes the rare indices often missing from some copies.

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