ELIAS ADENI. Seder Azharoth [piyutim for Shemini Atzereth].

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

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Lot 145

ELIAS ADENI. Seder Azharoth [piyutim for Shemini Atzereth].

According to the rite of Cochin. Vignette of schooner on last page ff.14. Excision on opening leaf repaired on verso. Contemporary marbled wrappers, upper cover defective. 12mo Vinograd, Amsterdam 547 (not in the JNUL); Davidson, Thesaurus of Medieval Hebrew Poetry, Vol. I p. xxvi (with erroneous date of publication)

Amsterdam: Uri b. Aaron Halevi 1688

Est: $3,000 - $4,000
The first publication of the Jews of Cochin. The manuscript was brought back to Amsterdam by Moses Pereira de Paiva, head of the delegation sent by the Sephardi Community of Amsterdam, to visit the Jews resident along India’s Malabar Coast. Contact between the Cochin Jews and their European co-religionists were sparse until the Dutch captured Cochin from the Portuguese in 1663. They in turn granted the Jews full cultural and religious autonomy Contains prayers unique to the Cochin Jews published here for the first time and never reprinted. Only one other copy recorded, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, but it lacks a title-page. Therefore neither Steinschneider (Cat. Bodl. no. 4938.2) nor Fuks (Amsterdam no. 375) recorded a complete description. Unknown entirely to Yaari (viz. Hebrew Printing in the East (1940) p. 91 note 3)