Sepher Tanya.

AUCTION 1 | Thursday, November 14th, 1996 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 16

Sepher Tanya.

Second edition, title within architectural arch. Title laid down, few ff. remargined, stained, previous owner’s marks, later boards, 4to Vinograd, Cremona 36; Benayahu, Cremona 30; not in Adams

Cremona: Vicenzo Conti 1565

Est: $400 - $600
Compilation of Jewish law and custom as applied by the Jews of Italy (Minhag Bnei Roma) ADD NEXT TIME: There are divergent views as to the identity of the author of this important thirteenth century compendium of Jewish law and custom as applied by the Jews of Italy.There is considerable overlap between the present work and another work of the same genre, Shibolei ha-Leket also composed by Zedekiah Anav. S.Z. Havlin, writing in EJ, sums up the two opposing scholarly views regarding the disputed authorship of Tanya: S.H. Kook definatively regards Zedekiah ben Abraham Anav as the author. Essentially the material in Tanya is the same as that as Shibolei ha-Leket by Zedekiah with but a few interpolations and additions by the copyist Yechiel Anav. However, S. K. Mirsky regards Yechiel as the true author of Tanya - any similarity to Shibolei ha-Leket by his relative Zedekiah, is due to the fact that both studied under the tutelage of their uncle, Judah b. Benjamin Anav. See EJ, Vol. II, cols. 937-938. That the compiler is not the author of Shibolei ha-Leket is evident from f. 58. The heading of the commentary on the Hagadah Shel Pesach reads "Commentary…as I found it in the Sepher Shibolei ha-Leket ", thus indicating that he is not the author of Shibolei ha-Leket.