16 26 BELINFANTE, ISAAC HAKOHEN. Gilath VeRanan [epithalamium] PRINTED ON FINE, REGALE PAPER. Each page within type- ornament border. ff. (12). Original gilt-tooled green morocco, a.e.g, rubbed. 8vo. [Vinograd, Amsterdam 2064.] Amsterdam, Jacob Proops, 1777. $500-700 27 BENJAMIN OF TUDELA. Itinerarium Beniamini Tudelensis [Travels of Benjamin of Tudela]. Translated from Hebrew into Latin by Benedictus Aria Montano. FIRST LATIN EDITION. Printer’s device on title. Annotated throughout. pp. 114, (14). Trimmed and stained. Later speckled calf, rubbed and expertly rebacked. 12mo. [Adams B-670.] Antwerp, Christopher Plantin, 1575. $2000-3000 ❧ The author set forth in 1159 from Tudela, Spain, to travel to the Holy Land, crossing France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon to get there. He then continued eastwards, reaching Iraq and later Persia; his description of the ruins of Nineveh is one of the oldest reliable sources extant. Returning to Spain, Benjamin passed through Egypt and North Africa. He lingered wherever he traveled, and noted the manners and commerce of the various communities he came in contact with. Benjamin made detailed reports of the political situation of his fellow Jews, surveying the activities of communal organizations and supplying the names of the principal Jews of each city visited. Probably no account - Jewish or Gentile - of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in this period, can equal the level of detail provided by Benjamin of Tudela. 28 BENVENISTE, MEIR. Oth Emeth [annotations and emendations to various Midrashic and liturgical texts]. FIRST EDITION. Title surrounded by florets. A WIDE-MARGINED COPY. ff. 182. Signatures, stamp and small tear on title-page, trace wormed and with few stains in places, otherwise a clean copy. Modern full vellum. 4to. [Vinograd, Salonika 65.] Salonika, Joseph Ya’avetz, 1564-5. $2000-3000 ❧ Important work containing emendations for the correct readings of various Midrashic texts including Mechilta, Sifre and Sifra. Includes some lengthier notes and comments from a manuscript by R. Judah Gedaliah and other anonymous commentators. The final section, Seder Kedusha (pp. 173-81) corrects erroneous readings in the Sephardic Seder Tephilah, presenting alternates along with scholarly halachic sources. Lot 26 Lot 27 Lot 28