Talmud Yerushalmi

AUCTION 14 | Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 at 1:00
Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts From the Library of the London Beth Din

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Lot 330

Talmud Yerushalmi

Four parts in one. Three divisional titles. Each title within woodcut architectural border. Opening word of each part within elaborate floral woodcut border-piece. WITH RARE VARIANT TITLE-PAGE ff. 65,(1),83,(1),66,51,(1). Dampstained in places, scattered marginal worming, title filled to size, marginal repairs to first and last few leaves. Recent roan-backed marbled boards, gently rubbed at edges. Folio Vinograd, Venice 89; Habermann, Bomberg 90; Mehlman 138; Adams T-111

Venice: Daniel Bomberg (1523)

Est: $20,000 - $25,000
First Edition Upon Which All Further Editions Are Based. The variant tile-page, without the words “Pithchei Sha’arim” at the head of the arch exists in only one other copy (see Habermann, Bomberg 90, illus). The text of this Yerushalmi edition was compared to three manuscript texts. The most important of these,indeed, the only complete manuscript extant, is the Leiden Manuscript (1289). However, Bomberg’s editor, Jacob ben Chaim ibn Adonyahu (who later converted to Christianity), produced a work somewhat wanting, by omitting key words and phrases, choosing difficult readings and causing confusion with incorrect “corrections.” See Y. N. Epstein, Medikdukei Yerushalmi, in: Tarbiz, vol. V, (1934) p.257; and S. Lieberman, Studies in Palestinian Talmudic Literature (1991) pp.219-229, 236-238