Abudarham [commentary to prayers, including Passover Hagadah]

AUCTION 33 | Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Including Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Autograph Letters

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Abudarham [commentary to prayers, including Passover Hagadah]

Fourth edition. Initial letters of title historiated. Printer’s device on title (Yaari, Printer’s Marks no. 16). Printed in double columns. The Chief Rabbi Hermann Adler - Elkan Nathan Adler copy ff. 86. Opening three leaves repaired with some loss, upper portion of first leaf supplied in manuscript, stained in places. Ex Library. 19th-century half-roan, rubbed. Sm. folio Vinograd, Venice 259; Habermann, Adelkind 41; not in Adams

Venice: Cornelio Adelkind for Marco Antonio Giustiniani 1546

Est: $300 - $500
Unfortunately, scant facts have survived concerning the biography of David Abudarham. His work, written in Seville in 1340, is considered by critical scholars an important repository of Spanish and Provencal traditions otherwise lost. Abudraham extensively utilized the prayer-book of Sa’adyah Gaon.There is some speculation that Abudraham was a disciple of R. Jacob ben Asher, author of the Turim, but this is inconclusive. See EJ, Vol. II, cols. 181-2