Toldoth Ya’akov Yoseph [homilies to the Pentateuch, etc.]

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

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Lot 107

Toldoth Ya’akov Yoseph [homilies to the Pentateuch, etc.]

Printed on blue paper. Light stains, few wormholes along lower corners of few ff., later calf-backed boards, worn, folio Vinograd, Medzhibozh 11; H. Liberman, Ohel Rochel vol.III (1984) p.79 (title-page illustrated)

Medzhibozh: 1780 (i.e. 1817)

Est: $250 - $300
Second edition of the first printed book of Chassidic philosophy. Important as an early source of teachings by the Ba’al Shem Tov. Opposition to the work was so considerable that upon publication many copies were publicly burnt. See Carmilly-Weinberger, pp.127-30; and S.H. Dresner, The Zaddik (1960) pp.245-54 (esp. p.247, note 21)