57 105 IMMANUEL BEN JEKUTIEL OF BENEVENTO. Livyath Chen [grammar]. DELUXE COPY, PRINTED ENTIRELY ON BLUE PAPER. Title within architectural arch. FIRST EDITION. ff. 108. Stained, lower margin of opening and closing several leaves repaired with some loss, marginal worming, stamps removed, faint owner’s inscriptions. Modern blind-tooled tan calf. 4to. [Vinograd, Mantua 39; Mehlman 1239; Adams I-52.] Mantua, Jacob ben Naphtali Hakohen, 1557. $2000-2500 ❧ RARE, BIBLIOPHILIC EDITION. PRINTED ENTIRELY ON BLUE PAPER. The author, a highly regarded Italian Kabbalist, helped facilitate the first printing of the Zohar in Mantua in 1558. A mystical element clearly influences the Livyath Chen, indeed passages from the Zohar are found therein. See I. Tishbi, Kovetz Perakim, Vol. I, pp. 143-48. See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Colored Paper no. 8. 106 ISAAC BEN MEIR OF DÜREN. Sha’arei Dura - Issue VeHeter [Rabbinic Code]. With commentaries including Mavo Shearim by Nathan ben Shimshon Shapiro. FIRST EDITION of Mavo Shearim. Title within historiated border, printer’s device illustrating the Temple on f. 3b. Signature on title. ff. 110. Browned and stained in places, marginal worming, several leaves expertly laid to size. Modern blind-tooled crushed morocco, slip-case. Folio. [Vinograd, Lublin 32; for dating this work see Heller, The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book, Vol. II, p. 635.] Lublin, Kalonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, (1574-75). $1500-2000 ❧ Exhibited by the Pierpont Morgan Library, see their catalogue: Hebraica from the Valmadonna Trust (1989) no. 44. R. Isaac of Duran (second half of the 13th century) was a preeminent German Halachic authority. His Sha’arei Dura is one of the most important Codes concerning dietary laws. It is based upon the traditions of both Germany and France and became the ultimate source for Halachah in this area, quoted at length by all subsequent codifiers. The extensive commentary Mavo Shearim includes the customs of Poland and Russia. For more details on the importance of this commentary, see the comprehensive monograph by R. Eliezer Katzman in Yeshurun, Vol. 13, pp. 617-700; and Vol. 14, pp. 935-964. 107 ISAAC NATHAN BEN KALONYMUS. Meir Nathiv [Biblical concordance]. Title within typographic border. Printer’s device (Yaari, Printers Marks, no. 12) on title- page. Three generations of signatures on title-page, commencing with HaGaon Sender, Av Beth Din of Warburg. ff. (400). Browned, dampsoiled, outer margin of opening leaf repaired, new endpapers. Later sheep over thick wooden boards, expertly repaired. Lg. folio. [Vinograd, Basle 172.] Basle, Ambrosius Froben, 1581. $400-600 Lot 107 Lot 106 Lot 105