Tzeror Hama’or [Kabbalistic commentray to the Pentateuch]

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 200
SABA, ABRAHAM

Tzeror Hama’or [Kabbalistic commentray to the Pentateuch]

FIRST EDITION. The Isaac Benaim copy ff. 163 (of 171), lacking ff.81-88. Title and final 3 leaves repaired, wormed with loss of text. 19th-century sheep-backed boards, wormed. Folio Vinograd, Venice 86; Habermann, Bomberg 83; not in Adams

Venice: Daniel Bomberg 1523

Est: $400 - $600
PRICE REALIZED $750
Exiled from his native Castile, no sooner did Saba take refuge in Oporto, Portugal, that King Emanuel ordered (24th December, 1496) all Jews converted and all Hebrew books burned. Saba’s sons were forcibly baptized and his extensive library plundered. He managed to save his own works in manuscript, and buried them outside Lisbon. However in time he was forced out of Portugal altogether and escape to Fez, Morocco where he attempted to recommit from memory works he was forced to abandon in Portugal. See N.S. Leibowitz, R. Avraham Saba Usefarav (1936) The majority of the 2,000 printed books from the Benaim Collection were completely destroyed as a result of the tragic fire that swept the Library of the JTSA in 1966