Avodath ha-Kodesh [A collection of seven small treatises on Halachah, Minhag and Nuscha'oth of Prayer]

AUCTION 28 | Tuesday, April 05th, 2005 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: The Library of the late Professor Abraham J. Karp.

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Lot 43
AZULAI, CHAIM JOSEPH DAVID (CHID”A).

Avodath ha-Kodesh [A collection of seven small treatises on Halachah, Minhag and Nuscha'oth of Prayer]

FIRST EDITION. Additional title within decorative woodcut architectural frame ff.(4),111. ff. 3-4 torn. Stained, some wear. On f.91v. stamp of previous owner. Recent marbled endpapers and calf boards. 8vo Vinograd, Jerusalem 1-9; Halevy, Jerusalem 1; Benayahu, Rabbi H.Y.D. Azulai (1959), p. 197, no. 21

Jerusalem: Israel Bak 1841

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
PRICE REALIZED $1,900
First Book Printed in Jerusalem In the Printer's Preface, Israel Bak tells of the misadventures that befell him since his arrival in the Holy Land from Berdichev. In Safed, site of his first press, he witnessed the calamitous earthquake that struck in 1837 and the murderous riots by the local Arabs the following year. Bak travelled to Alexandria in order to petition the authorities to restore looted Jewish property, but to no avail. While in Alexandria, he learned of the infamous Damascus Affair, in which the Jewish community were accused by their Christian neighbors of the blood libel. Bak takes credit for having been the intermediary between the beleaguered Jews of Damascus and their saviour in the person of Sir Moses Montefiore of London. Eventually, Bak reestablished his press in Jerusalem, the first in the Holy City