Tophteh Aruch

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 227

Tophteh Aruch

FIRST EDITION with Yiddish translation (printed in Wayber-taytsch type). Prepared by Moses Segal. *WITH (As issued): Olmo, Jacob Daniel. Eden Aruch [sequel to the first, on the joys to come in Paradise]. Title within elegant typographic frame. The Judah A. Joffe copy ff. (2), 72. Lightly stained. Contemporary calf-backed boards, spine worn. 8vo Vinograd, Metz 42

Metz: Goettschlik Speier 1777

Est: $250 - $300
Apparantly inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, this is Zacuto’s dramatic poem on the affliction of the soul in hell. NOT USED: Born in Amsterdam in 1625, Kabbalist Moses Zacuto, also known as the “ReMeZ,” was a student of Saul Levi Morteira and fellow student of Baruch Spinoza. He studied kabbala with Benjamin HaLevi, a student of Rabbi Chaim Vital. He later traveled to Posen to further his Talmud learning. Although intending to make a pilgrimage to Palestine, instead Zacuto accepted a rabbinical post in Venice, and in 1673, was appointed rabbi of Mantua where he remained until his death in 1697.