36 65 CHAYUT, ISAAC. Siach Yitzchak. FIRST EDITION. Title within historiated border. Kabbalistic diagrams throughout. ff. 20. Trimmed and foxed. Modern gilt-ruled crushed morocco. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Prague 54; Mehlman 915.] Prague, Mordechai Katz, 1587. $1500-2000 ❧ A series of Kabbalistic poems with commentary, all of whose themes relate to the First Nights of Passover, including instructions and laws pertaining to the Seder. The author was a scion of a branch of the Hasidei Provence who later settled in Bohemia, where he was appointed Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva of Prague in 1584. The title of this rare book is tucked away at the bottom of the title-page in small rabbinic letters. 66 DE POMIS, DAVID. Tzemach David / Dittionario Novo Hebraico. FIRST EDITION. Arms of Pope Sixtus V on f. 2r and of the De Pomis (“Min Hatapuchim”) Family on f. 5v. (Yaari, Hebrew Printers Marks, no. 41). ff. 5, (1), ff. 5-62, 238. Lightly stained and dampwrinkled. Later mottled calf with central gilt lozenges on covers, rebacked and recased. Folio. [Vinograd, Venice 717.] Venice, Giovanni di Gara, 1586-7. $600-900 ❧ Celebrated Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin and Italian dictionary presenting definitions from Kimchi’s Shorashim, Levita’s Tishbi, and Nathan ben Yechiel’s Aruch; also providing numerous historical and scientific observations and discourses. Trained as a medical doctor, David de Pomis’s expositions of Biblical and Talmudic terms contain a good deal of interesting medieval scientific lore. The introduction, containing a short autobiography by the author, also recounts the remarkable history of the ancient de Pomis family, brought in chains to Italy from the Land of Israel by Emperor Titus following his siege and destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E. The work is dedicated to Pope Sextius V, in gratitude for the restoration of the concession permitting Jewish physicians to attend to Christian patients for the years 1585-90. See C. Roth, The Jews in the Renaissance (1950) pp. 223-2. Lot 65 Lot 66