AUCTION 16 | Tuesday, June 25th, 2002 at 1:00
Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts From the Library of the London Beth Din

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Lot 186


Pirkei Avoth [Ethics of the Fathers]. With commentary “Minchah Chadashah” by Jechiel Michel Maraptchick. Compiled from 10 commentaries including Rashi, Maimonides, Ovadiah Bartenurah, Don Isaac Abrabanel, Moses Almosnino, Beith Lechem Yehudah, Lev Avoth and two commentaries from a manuscript on vellum ff. 84. Light stains in places, ownership inscription on title, dense marginalia in an old hand on verso of final leaf. Recent boards, gently rubbed at corners. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Cracow 40; Mehlman 134; not in Adams

Cracow: Isaac Prostitz (1576)

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
A SCARCE WORK. THE FIRST COMMENTARY ON ETHICS OF THE FATHERS BY AN EASTERN EUROPEAN SCHOLAR. Y. Y. Cohen attests to the scarcity of this work in his bibliography of commentaries and translations of Ethics of the Fathers. See Y. Y. Cohen, Masecheth Avoth-Perusheiha Ve’Tagomotheiha Be’aspaklarith Ha’doroth, in Kiryath Sepher Vol. 40 (1964-5), pp.104-117, no.14 With Apendix including an interesting discussion on why the city of Safed is more spiritually elevated than the other holy cities of Eretz Israel