100 183 PERETZ BEN ISAAC HAKOHEN. (Attributed to). Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth [Kabbalah]. With two commentaries, the anonymous “Pa’Z” and Judah Chayat. Second edition. Title within architectural arch. ff. (4) 208. Lightly stained, opening and closing leaf with neat paper repairs. Modern gilt-titled calf. 4to. [Vinograd, Mantua 52.] Mantua, Meir ben Ephraim of Padua & Jacob of Gozzalo, 1558. $1000-1500 ❧ Judah Chayat’s introduction contains an autobiographical account of the expulsion of Jews from Portugal, recounting his own trials and tribulations including capture by pirates. He describes his suffering at the hands of Arabs while in the Barbary States. His wife died there of hunger, while he himself toiled for a “thin slice of bread not fit for a dog.” Chayut eventually reached Italy, where he composed this commentary with the encouragement of Joseph Ya’avetz. See G. Scholem, On the Problems of Sepher Ma’arecheth Ha’Elo-huth and its Commentaries, in: Kiryat Sefer Vol. 21 (1944) pp. 284-95. Lot 183 184 PESANTE, MOSES. Ner Mitzvah [commentary to Solomon ibn Gabirol’s Azkaroth for Shavu’oth, with text]. Second edition with a new introduction and many additions. ff. 68. Previous owners’ marks, browned with occasional light stains, title with paper repairs, few leaves neatly remargined, ff. 10-11 with some loss. Modern calf. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Salonika 86; Mehlman 616 (lacking two leaves of the introduction).] Salonika, Joseph Ya’avetz, 1569. $1000-1500 ❧ The author was an emissary from Safed who traveled through the Balkans between 1565 and 1573, publishing his works in Constantinople and Salonika. In 1573 he was killed by Turkish brigands in Makrinovo near the Greek city of Arta. See Ya’ari, Shluchei Eretz Israel (1977) pp. 236, 889; EJ, Vol. XIII, col. 328. Lot 184