Pirush Hatorah... (Rimzei Ba’al Haturim)

AUCTION 3 | Tuesday, November 25th, 1997 at 1:00
Fine Hebrew Printed Books Duplicates from the Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

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Lot 123

Pirush Hatorah... (Rimzei Ba’al Haturim)

Second edition ff. 65, (1). Previous owner’s marks on title, touch foxed, single isolated worm-hole on outer margin. Recent cloth-backed marbled boards. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Venice 228; Adams J-11

Venice: J. de Ferri 1544

Est: $500 - $700
Biblical commentary that first appeared in Constantinople, 1514 (Adams J-10); although bibliographers have taken note of an earlier, probably phantom edition, 14 years prior (Vinograd, Const. 2). This famed exegesis consists of Masoretic calculations and hermeneutical interpretations, i.e. Gematria and Notarikon It is a standard component of all editions of the Pentateuch that is accompanied by commentaries. The Ba’al Haturim’s lesser known, albeit comprehensive commentary to the Pentateuch did not appear until 1806 and indeed concentrates on providing “peshat” only. The author achieved ever-lasting renown for his remarkable Rabbinic code, the Arba’a Turim (Piove di Sacco, 1475)