4 9 ALKABETZ, SOLOMON HALEVI. Shoresh Yishai [Kabbalistic commentary to the Book of Ruth, with text]. FIRST EDITION. Title within architectural arch. ff. 96. Foxed in places, trimmed. Modern blind-tooled calf. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Const. 221.] Constantinople, Solomon ibn Usque, 1561. $1200-1800 ❧ Solomon Alkabetz (c. 1505-84) was a liturgical poet and Kabbalist, venerated today as the composer of “Lechah Dodi,” a mystical love-song to the Sabbath Queen chanted at sundown on the Sabbath Eve. Alkabetz, emigrated from the Balkans to the Land of Israel in 1535, settling in Safed, then the center of Kabbalistic learning. There, he was part of an extraordinary fraternity of mystics that included R. Joseph Karo and R. Moses Alsheich. Alkabetz was a prolific author, producing commentaries on Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, the Minor Prophets, Psalms, Job and the Passover Haggadah. R. Moses Cordovero was Alkabetz’s brother-in-law and initially his disciple, although it seems that eventually their relationship was reversed with Alkabetz becoming a student of Cordovero. 10 ALMOSNINO, MOSES. Tephilah LeMoshe [sermons and homilies on the merits of the Torah, with treatise on the reading of the Shema upon retirement]. Second edition. Previous owners’ marks on title-page including stamp in Cyrillic of the Rabbi of Babroisk. ff. 84. Closely shaved, browned. Modern calf-backed marbled boards. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Cracow 138.] Cracow, n.p., 1589-90. $500-700 Lot 10 Lot 9