111 202 VALERIO, SAMUEL. Yad HaMelech [commentary to the Book of Esther, with text] FIRST EDITION. Title within architectural arch. ff. 104. Lightly discolored, trace wormed. Modern blind- and gilt-tooled morocco. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Venice 690.] Venice, Giovanni di Gara, 1586. $500-700 ❧ Valerio was a physician who lived in the Grecian Archipelago in the second half of the 16th century. The present commentary was completed in Corfu in 1579. 203 VITAL, DAVID BEN SOLOMON (The Physician). Kether Torah [on the precepts] FIRST EDITION. Title within historiated woodcut border surmounted by coronet. Illustration of hand (relating to calendar) on f. 14v, illustration of cow’s lung (relating to dietary laws) on f. 92v. AN UNCUT COPY. Signature of Samson Cohen Modon of Mantua on title. ff. (128). Opening three leaves trace wormed and stained, upper portion of title-page remargined. Modern blind-tooled maroon morocco; slip-case. 4to. [Vinograd, Const. 154; Mehlman 705.] Constantinople, Eliezer ben Gershom Soncino, 1536. $3000-5000 ❧ A Spanish exile, David Vital settled in Greece, first in Patras and following the Turko-Venetian war of 1532, in Arta, where he was welcomed as a pre-eminent halachic authority. Kether Torah is a rhymed summary of the 613 Commandments in accordance with Maimonides’s enumeration, together with the seven rabbinical commandments. Hence, the numerical value of the title, “Kether” (620). As a commentary to Maimonides’ Sefer HaMitzvoth, the author writes that he has “not strayed from the great Eshel (tamarisk tree), neither left nor right.” Despite its unusual poetic form, the Kether Torah remains an important halachic source frequently quoted in rabbinic literature. 204 (WOMEN). Benjamin Slonik of Grodno. Mitzvath Nashim Melamdah - Precetti da Esser Imparati dalle Donne Hebree. FIRST ITALIAN EDITION. Translated by Jacob Halpron. Italian text interspersed with Hebrew. Printer’s device on title. ff. (3), pp. 101, pp. (11) all complete, two leaves duplicated in a fine neat hand. Modern crushed morocco with central gilt design on covers. 8vo. [Vinograd, Venice 1093.] Venice, Glacomo Sarzina, 1616. $600-900 ❧ First Italian edition of this oft-republished work, focusing upon the three principle religious duties of a married woman. The noted Polish author, Benjamin Slonik of Grodno (c. 1550-c.1619) left a body of Halachic opinion that remained authoritative long after his death. 205 YA’AVETZ, JOSEPH. (“HeChasid Ya’avetz.”) Yesod Ha’Emunah [“The Foundation of Faith”]. Second edition. Title within architectural arch. ff. 15. Trimmed and light browned otherwise, a fine copy. Modern blind-tooled calf, rubbed. Housed in slip-case. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Lublin 62.] Lublin, Kalonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, 1597. $1000-1500 ❧ In Yesod Ha’Emunah the author condenses Maimonides’ Thirteen Articles of Faith into three: 1) Creation of the world; 2) Divine Providence; and 3) The Oneness of God (f.2r). Ya’avetz writes (f.8) that these three articles of faith are the subject of the three Sabbath prayers, as well as relate to the three Sabbath meals. The evening prayer speaks of the Creation; the morning prayer touches upon the Giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai - a prime example of Divine providence; while the afternoon prayer declares Atah Echad (“You are One.”) Lot 204 Lot 203 Lot 202