Tzok Ha’ittim [“Sufferings of the Times”]

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 191

Tzok Ha’ittim [“Sufferings of the Times”]

Third edition. Title within ornamental frame ff.11. Upper corners repaired with few words provided in facsimile. Modern calf-backed boards. 8vo Vinograd, Venice 1323; Mehlman 1613

Venice: Vendramin 1656

Est: $400 - $600
A contemporary rhymed account of the Chmielnicki massacres (1648-49) written in Cracow during the summer of 1650. The author personally witnessed the massacres while in Zamosc and collected many stories from refugees shortly after the attacks. Though structured in the same manner as accounts of the First Crusades, the author’s poems are nevertheless credited with a higher degree of historical accuracy than other 17th Century chroniclers - given his proximity to the events. See EJ, XI col. 1256