99 180 NATHAN BEN YECHIEL OF ROME. (Attributed to). Aruch HaKatzar [Talmudic lexicon]. Second edition. Title within wreathed architectural arch. ff. (83). Browned, few stains, ff. 46-47 remargined. Modern calf. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Cracow 150.] Cracow, Issac Prostitz, 1592. $500-700 ❧ Although entitled as only a digest of the Aruch, this work in fact contains many words and expressions not interpreted in the original, lengthier version. 181 NORZI, RAPHAEL. Se’ah Soleth. Second edition. ff. 14. * BOUND WITH: Marpeh LaNephesh. Second edition. ff. (1), 15-40. AND: Orach Chaim. FIRST EDITION. ff. 31. Together, three ethical works bound in one volume. The Adolph Lewisohn copy, with his morocco bookplate on front marbled paste-down Marginal worming neatly taped, light wear, signed by censors at end. Recent polished crushed morocco with gilt dentelles, lightly rubbed, a.e.g. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Venice 634, 638 and 639.] Venice, Giovanni di Gara, 1579. $500-700 182 PERETZ BEN ISAAC HAKOHEN. (Attributed to). Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth [Kabbalah]. With commentary by the Italian mystic Judah Chayat and another (see below). FIRST EDITION. Printer’s mark on title: An astrolabe and verse from Isaiah 40:31 (Yaari, no. 22). Learned marginalia in more than one hand. A WIDE-MARGINED COPY. ff. (6), 286. Stained in places, previous owner’s inscriptions. Modern blind-tooled crushed morocco. 4to. [Vinograd, Ferrara 49 (mispaginated).] Ferrara, Abraham ibn Usque, 1558. $2000-3000 ❧ One of the most significant works on the Kabbalah due to its systematic treatment of all relevant themes found in earlier literature. Its contribution to speculative mystic theory in pre-Zoharite Kabbalistic literature is the increased symbolism of the Sephiroth. The author quotes a multitude of names by which each Sephirah is known, each signifying a differing function. He also develops the “Adam Kadmon” theory, whereby the likeness of the order of the Divine Powers of the Sephiroth to the human body is explored. In the same year of 1558, two editions of Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth appeared, one in Ferrara, the other in Mantua (see next lot). In the present Ferrara edition, the anonymous commentary is designated simply “Peirush,” whereas in the Mantua edition it bears the initials Pa”Z, for “Peirush Zulath” (Another Commentary). According to Scholem, the Ferrara version of the commentary has several important passages lacking in the Mantua edition; see Scholem, Studies in Kabbalah I (Tel Aviv, 1998) p. 176. Lot 181 Lot 180