Shulchan Hamelech

AUCTION 7 | Tuesday, June 22nd, 1999 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 444

Shulchan Hamelech

Translated into Ladino by Abraham Assa. This copy with two additional unnumbered leaves at end and not recorded by Yaari ff.324,(7). Variously stained, marginal wear on opening leaf , ff.3-4 with some loss, final leaf laid down. Contemporary sheep, rubbed. 4to Vinograd, Const. 553; Yaari, Const. 421; Mehlman 1491

Constantinople: Benjamin b. Moses Roshi 1749

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
A reworking into Ladino of Karo’s code of law, the Orach Chaim. A rare complete copy. See H.C. Zafren, Printed Rarities in the Hebrew Union College Library, in: Studies in Bibliography and Booklore vol. V p.148, recording concerning the HUC copy (a fragment only), “probably seems to be unknown to bibliographers.” “The translator, Abraham Assa, was “the father of Ladino literature...who devoted his life to translating books into Ladino...and enriched Ladino literature in an extraordinary way.” S.A. Rosanes, Koroth Hayehudim Beturkiyah Ve’artzoth Hakedem ( 1934 ) Vol. V pp.93-4