19 32 (BIBLE, Hebrew. Five Scrolls, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah). Chamesh Megiloth [Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Ruth, Lamentations]. * AND: Daniel, Ezra, Nechemiah. With commentary of Rashi (except Lamentations which has the commentary of Joseph ben Simeon Kara). Biblical text in square type with Nikud. Commentary in rabbinic type without Nikud. Initial words panel within decorative white vine metalcut border. ff. 59 (of 62). First leaf of Ecclesiastes and final leaves of Daniel and Nehemiah expertly reproduced in facsimile. Lightly stained in places, some worming, mostly in final quire, ff. 8 and 18 strengthened at gutter and remargined, ff. 37r-38v with marginalia, minor tears repaired, ex-library stamps. Modern blind-tooled and paneled morocco. Housed in custom slip-case. Sm. folio. [Vinograd, Naples 2; Goff Heb-26; Thes. A-59; Offenberg 46; BMC XIII, p. 51; Iakerson 46.] Naples, [Joseph ben Jacob Aschkenazi Gunzenhauser], 1487. $8000-12,000 ❧ FIRST EDITION OF KETHUVIM IN HEBREW. Comprises: Song of Songs: ff.1v-8r, f. 8v blank; Ecclesiastes: ff. 9r-18r, 18v blank; Esther: ff. 19r-23v; Ruth: ff. 24r-26v; Lamentations: ff. 27r-30v; Daniel: ff. 31r-43v; Ezra: ff. 44r-52r; Nehemiah: 52r-62r. Lacking only the Book of Job (see lot 30) and Chronicles - Psalms having been printed separately (see lot 29). These eight Biblical Books form the heart of the final section of the Hebrew Bible (Hagiographa). See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Incunables no. 32. 33 (BIBLE, Hebrew. Judges). Sepher Shoftim. With Targum Jonathan and commentaries by David Kimchi (Rada”k) and Levi ben Gershom (Ralba”g, Gersonides). FIRST EDITION OF TARGUM JONATHAN AND GERSONIDES. Texts of Bible and Targum Jonathan with vocalization (nikud) and cantillation (te’amim or “trope”). ff. 54 (of 86). Provided in facsimile: ff. 1,2,4,6,7-13,15-6,18,26,33,38,40- 1,46-8,50-1,57-9,64,66,72,74-5; wormed with loss, stained in places, expert paper repairs throughout, f. 22 with clean tear, f. 31 with loss of text along inner margin. Modern blind-tooled crushed morocco. Sm. folio. [Vinograd, Leiria 6; Steinschneider, p. 4, no. 18; Goff Heb-23; Thes. B-27; Offenberg 28.] Leiria, Dom Samuel d’Ortas and Sons, 1494. $6000-9000 ❧ ONE OF THE LAST HEBREW BOOKS PRINTED BEFORE THE PORTUGUESE EXILE OF 1497. With the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, neighboring Portugal took its place as the center of Hebrew printing along the Iberian peninsula. Thus the fortified town of Leiria, less than a hundred miles north-east of Lisbon, now became a source of Hebrew books. Between the years 1492- 96, Samuel de Ortas, a native of Orthez, France, together with his three sons, produced a total of seven Hebrew titles. But de Ortas’ most celebrated feat of printing would be in Gothic letters: The Latin version of Abraham Zacuto’s astronomical table, Almanach Perpetuum, which is said to have guided Christopher Columbus on his monumental voyage of discovery to the New World. See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Incunables no. 65. Lot 32 Lot 33