AUCTION 23 | Tuesday, March 30th, 2004 at 1:00
Hebrew Printed Books & Manuscripts from The Rare Book Room of the Jews College Library, London The Third Portion

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Lot 36


Meir Iyov [commentary to the Book of Job]. Second edition. ff. 124. Title letters historiated, printer’s device. On flyleaf, verbose owner’s inscription. [cf: Vinograd, Riva di Trento 38; not in Adams]. Venice (-Riva de Trento), Giorgio di Cavali, 1567. * BOUNDWITH: Obadiah Sforno. Biur al Hatorah [commentary to the Pentateuch]. FIRST EDITION. ff. 92. Printer’s mark (see Amram, p. 350). [Vinograd, Venice 538-9; Adams O-2]. (Venice: Giovanni Griffo [Grypho], 1567). Calf. 4to

v.p: 1567

Est: $800 - $1,200
According to A. Tauber and I. Sonne the printing of this edition of Meir Iyov commenced in Riva de Trento in 1562, however production was interrupted and eventually removed to Venice for completion. There, a new title-page was issued noting Venice as place of publication athough non-uniform fonts completed the volume (viz. ff. 5-44 and 49-64). See Kiryat Sepher vol. VI, pp. 455-6 and vol. VII, pp. 168-9. Sforno’s commentary is one of five Hebrew books Giovanni Griffo published during his short-lived career (just one year) as printer of Hebrew books. See Amram, p. 350. In his parsimoniously worded commentary, the Italian physician Obadiah Sforno (c.1470-c.1550) was equally successful elucidating the simple meaning of the text as well as its halachic implications. Of late, Rabbi Judah Cooperman of Jerusalem has produced an annotated edition of Sforno’s introduction Kavanoth ha-Torah. In Kavanoth ha-Torah, Sforno deals with the structure of the Pentateuch, and the reasons for its precepts, especially the sacrificial cult. (In our edition, Kavanoth ha-Torah follows the commentary on ff. 87-92). See EJ, Vol. XIV, cols. 1209-11