Ir Gibborim [moral sermons]

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

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Lot 123

Ir Gibborim [moral sermons]

FIRST EDITION ff.137 (lacks final blank), previous owner’s signatures on title page (one removed with neat repair on verso), ff.20-1,124-5 and 137 remargined, f.41 repaired, ff.72-3 misbound; later mottled sheep, rebacked, edges worn, sm. folio Prijs, Basle 126; Vinograd, Basle 166; not in Adams

Basle: Ambrosius Froben 1580

Est: $300 - $500
Author rewrote this work in 1590 (entitled Oleloth Ephraim) due to criticism for neglecting to correctly cite all sources. See Carmilly-Weinberger, pp.151-2 USE THIS (BELOW) FOR NEXT TIME ---------------- The author (1550-1619), a renowned preacher, studied in his youth in Poland under Rabbi Solomon Luria (MaHaRSHa”L). He later served as Chief Justice of the rabbinical court of Prague. Today Ephraim Luntschytz is best known for his Keli Yakar (“Precious Vessel”), a popular homiletic commentary to the Pentateuch included in most editions of Mikra’oth Gedoloth. The author in the introduction to his second work Oleloth Ephraim, states that he was insulted and attacked by “zealots... as is the custom of this generation, whose sole intent is to connive false accusations against a new book”. They accused him of “imprecise quoting “ of midrashim and passages of the Talmud. He defended himself by stating that “at the time. [that he wrote the Ir Gibborim].. I had neither bread to eat nor clothes to wear...and had no books ... to consult... I wrote only the things that my memory retained...from my youth...” See Carmilly-Weinberger, pp.151-2