14 23 BALMES, ABRAHAM DE. Mikneh Avram (Sepher Dikduk). FIRST EDITION. Hebrew only issue (with vowel points). ff. 157. Remnants of ink-stamp on title, trace stained in places, otherwise a clean copy. Modern blind-tooled diced morocco, spine titled in gilt. 4to. [Vinograd, Venice 82.] Venice, Daniel Bomberg, 1523. $1200-1800 ❧ Distinguished in many fields, de Balmes was an ordained rabbi, a translator of scientific and philosophical works from Hebrew into Latin, as well as a lecturer at the University of Padua, where he attained renown as an Aristotelian. He also served as physician to Cardinal Grimani of Venice. Greatly valued by contemporary Christian Hebraists, de Balmes prepared this grammatical study at the urging of the printer Bomberg, with whom a deep friendship was shared. Mikneh Avram appeared in two issues, with and without a Latin translation, i.e., one for the Jewish market, and the bilingual issue more suited to the needs of Christians. The Hebrew version has a different title-page than the bilingual edition and the introduction is printed in Rashi letters, whereas the introduction in the bilingual version is printed in square Hebrew letters. The present “Jewish” version is far more scarce, as the Christian- owned editions were unlikely to have been desecrated over the centuries. See D. Amram, The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy (1963) pp. 169-72. 24 BARUCH BEN ISAAC OF WORMS. Sepher HaTerumah. FIRST EDITION. ff. 140. Trace wormed in places, otherwise A MINT COPY. Modern maroon morocco. Sm. folio. [Vinograd, Venice 91.] Venice, Daniel Bomberg, 1523. $3000-4000 ❧ A Rabbinic Code ordered by Talmudic tractate, the Sepher HaTerumah has a particular focus on the laws pertaining to Eretz Israel, The work has been included in much subsequent Halachic literature, among those who invoke its authority are Rabbis Isaac b. Moses (Or Zaru’a), Moses of Coucy (SeMa”G), Zedekiah Anav (Shibbolei HaLeket) and Aaron of Lunel (Orchoth Chaim). The Author, Baruch ben Isaac of Worms (late 12th-early 13th century) was a member of the Tosafist school that thrived in France, having studied under R. Isaac of Dampierre. For this reason, relatively few German authorities are cited by him in the Sepher HaTerumah, while citations of the master Tosafists Rabbi Samuel ben Meir (RaSHBa”M) and Rabbi Jacob of Ramrupt (Rabbeinu Tam) abound. Lot 24 Lot 23