44 79 (HAGADAH). Chukath HaPesach. With commentaries (see below). FIRST EDITION. Ya’avetz florets on title. Instructions in Judeo- Español. THE SALMAN SCHOCKEN COPY with his stamps. With an EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT MARGINAL SUPER-COMMENTARY throughout in a clear Italian hand by Zechariah David Shabthai Segre dated 1853-54 (signature on ff. 3a, 27a, 68a etc). Plus scattered marginalia in another hand. ff, 71 (1). Browned and stained in places. Modern blind-tooled morocco. Housed in custom slip-case. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Salonika 83; Ya’ari, 22; Yudlov, 27; Yerushalmi, pl. 32.] Salonika, Joseph ben Isaac Ya’avetz, 1569. $15,000-20,000 ❧ A WIDE-MARGINED COPY OF AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE EDITION. The author was a self-appointed emissary from Safed who traveled through the Balkans, publishing in Constantinople in 1567 two works: Ner Mitzvah, a commentary on ibn Gabirol’s Azharoth for Shavu’oth, the other, Yesha Elo-him, an exposition on the Hoshanoth. He was killed in 1573 by Turkish brigands near the Greek city of Arta. (See Ya’ari, Shluchei Eretz Israel (1977) pp. 236, 889; EJ, Vol. XIII, col. 328). Two commentaries wrap around the text of this Hagadah: RaMa”P (R. Moses Pesante) and RaSHa”B (R. Solomon Baruch, Pesante’s co-author). Pesante makes extensive use of the medieval commentaries of Rabbeinu Isaiah and of the two brothers R. Zedekiah and R. Benjamin Anav found in Shibolei HaLeket. See M.M. Kasher, Haggadah Sheleimah (1955) pp. 208-9, no. 68; S.K. Mirsky, Shibolei HaLeket HaShalem (1966) pp. 46-8. This copy contains an additional commentary composed by a member of the the Segre family of Italian scholars. This apparently UNPUBLISHED COMMENTARY was written while the author was imprisoned in the Italian town of Vernilli in the province of Avelino (f. 27b). He states, “I have been punished to spend my life in a filthy prison…” (f. 17a), a place from which he prays he will be redeemed (f. 3a). Many of his comments pertain to the redemption, see header (f. 8b) entitled “Seder Kadesh LeGe’ulath HaMoshiach.” He cites Zohar, Midrash, the Chida and another of his own works entitled Zer-Zahav (f. 53a).