Vital, Chaim ben Joseph. Shivchei…Harav…Chaim Vital [Autobiography of Chaim Vital]

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 47
(BAGHDAD)

Vital, Chaim ben Joseph. Shivchei…Harav…Chaim Vital [Autobiography of Chaim Vital]

Tailpieces ff. (3), 59. ff. 13-14 loose. Overall excellent condition. Contemporary cloth. 12mo Ya’ari, Baghdad 5 (one of five books printed in the first year of Hebrew printing)

Baghdad: Rachamim b. Reuben b. Mordecai 1866

Est: $300 - $500
PRICE REALIZED $500
ACCORDING TO YAARI: THE FIRST HEBREW BOOK PRINTED IN BAGHDAD (See A. Ya’ari, Hebrew Printing in the East, p. 101). Though the title has “Shivchei Harav Chaim Vital” (In Praise of R. Chaim Vital), the headers atop the pages give “Sepher Chezyonoth” (Book of Visions) as the title. This spiritual diary of R. Chaim Vital (1542-1620, eminent disciple of master kabbalist R. Isaac Luria (Ar”i), affords us a fascinating glimpse into the interior life of one of the all-time great mystics. See EJ, Vol. XVI, cols. 171-6