Arbah Ve’esrim - Minchath Shai.

AUCTION 5 | Tuesday, June 23rd, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 40
(BIBLE, Hebrew)

Arbah Ve’esrim - Minchath Shai.

Four parts bound in two volumes.Commentary by Jedidiah Solomon Norzi. Edited by Raphael Chaim Basila. Each part preceded by magnificent engraved frontispiece displaying 8 Biblical vignettes with printer’s device (Yaari no.121) at top, main and divisional titles in red and black. 2pp manuscript tipped in front outlining a weekly study-schedule of Bible and Mishnah. ff.(4),142,(2),88,(2),98,(1),(2),54,51,(1),5. Final leaf of second vol. remargined, opening two leaves repaired with some loss, stained in places. Contemporary calf-backed boards, rubbed, first vol. hinges split. Large 4to Vinograd, Mantua 397 (incorrect foliation); Darlow & Moule 5150

Mantua: Raphael (Isaac) Chaim d’Italia the Physician 1742-44

Est: $350 - $500
FIRST EDITION of this most important and comprehensive commentary to the Masorah, with significance for almost every word throughout the Bible in which the possibility for error or variant reading exists. Extraordinary frontispiece depicts the Deity as represented in the Prophet Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (Chap.37). The appearance of such an illustration is most anomalous in a Jewish book. See C. Roth, Jewish Art (1961) cols.25-6 (illustrated)