Yoseph Ometz

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 112

Yoseph Ometz

FIRST EDITION. Portions in Yiddish ff. (8), 211 (lacking final f.212). Title stamped. f. 172 torn; f. 192v. taped. Trimmed, browned. Modern boards. 12mo Vinograd, Frankfurt a/Main 424

Frankfurt a/Main: Johann Kellner 1723

Est: $300 - $500
Valuable source-book for the history of Frankfurt Jewry. Records the ritual customs distinct to the Community, as well as Christian holidays and the civil calendar. Also addresses liturgical questions and issues relating to education and morality. Our copy has two different versions of ff. 59-62, one in the order of the text and an alternate version bound at the back of the book. This alternate version contains a prayer—addressed to the angels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael—attributed to Rabbenu Tam (R. Jacob of Ramrupt), “copied from a manuscript of R. Eliezer Treves.” On the other hand, the first version contains several passages concerning the commandment to sacrifice one's life rather than venerate idolatry. It is unclear which text was issued first