Kithvei Kodesh Umelitzath

AUCTION 6 | Tuesday, November 17th, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 99

Kithvei Kodesh Umelitzath

FIRST EDITION ff.12. Marginal wear. Contemporary patterned wrappers, worn. 8vo Vinograd, Amsterdam 1785

Amsterdam: n.p. (1759)

Est: $1,200 - $1,800
Di Gilder was an emissary from Safed, sent to raise funds from his co-religionists in Europe. This pamphlet presents letters of attestation from leading Rabbinic figures - (including Jonathan Eybescheutz and R. Jacob Joshua, the Pnei Yehoshua) - on behalf of di Gilder’s good character and applauding his charitable endeavors. Yaari, in his Sheluchei Eretz Yisrael (pp.446-9) contends that di Gilder was a disreputable individual who in fact stole the funds he purported to collect on behalf of others