Kitzur Shulchan Aruch [Code of Jewish Law].

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
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Lot 147

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch [Code of Jewish Law].

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Scattered marginalia. ff. 4, 144. Previous owner’s signature on title, variously worn and lightly stained. Contemporary boards, rubbed, spine chipped. 8vo.

Ungvar (Uzhorod):

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
<<The famed Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. A rare first edition. One of the most popular Halachic works ever published.>> Due to its clear language and lively style the work immediately became broadly popular, indeed 14 editions appeared during the author’s lifetime alone. Since then dozens more, as well as a great many translations have appeared. Born in Ungvar, Solomon Ganzfried (1804-86) was an outspoken defender of Orthodoxy against the inroads of Hungarian Reform. He was a prolific author, however the work which has become a byword in every Jewish home is his “Kitzur,” a summary guide to the Shulchan Aruch which offers concise instruction in all matters of daily ritual law. The final leaf here, which contains a lengthy note to a section of the Chayei Adam, was omitted in later editions.