Kessef Nivchar [Kabbalistic sermons to the Pentateuch]

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 548

Kessef Nivchar [Kabbalistic sermons to the Pentateuch]

First editon. ff. 124. Trimmed, lightly browned and stained; few neat taped repairs. Modern morocco. Sm. folio. Vinograd, Damascus 1; Mehlman 932; A, Yaari, Hebrew Printing in the East (1940) pp. 29-30; see EJ, XIII col. 554.

Damascus: Isaac & Jacob, Sons of Abraham Aschkenazi (Nephews of Eliezer Aschkenazi) 1605

Est: $20,000 - $25,000
The First, and to date, the Only Hebrew Book Printed in Damascus. Members of the Aschkenazi family were Hebrew printers in Safed from 1577-87. In 1605 the Jewish Community of Safed came under severe attack from the Druze. The Aschkenazi family fled north to Damascus where they continued their printing tradition. See Kestenbaum & Company, Fine Judaica, 23rd June 1998 Lot 100. The author (1565-1648), was a leading Talmudist and Kabbalist in Damascus.