Sepher Zevach Pesach. WIth commentary by Isaac Abrabanel

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

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Lot 103

Sepher Zevach Pesach. WIth commentary by Isaac Abrabanel

Title within architectural arch ff.60 (of 64), final ff.4 supplied in facsimile, stained, few wormholes neatly repaired. Modern calf in slip-case. 4to Yudlov 33; Yaari 25; Mehlman 369

Bistrowitz: Kalonymus b. Mordechai Jaffe 1592

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
“The first Hagadah known to have been printed in Eastern Europe.” Yerushalmi 33 The reason as to why this book was printed in this rather obscure village, (- indeed it was the first and remained the only Hebrew book to be printed there- ) is most intriguingly suggested by Yerushalmi (op. cit.). The printer fled to Bistrowitz from nearby Lublin in order to escape the plague. This is suggested by the Biblical verse chosen for the chronogram on the title-page: “And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed.” (Numbers 17:13)