Meimei Yisrael [“Waters of Israel”: Collected Poetry]

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

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Lot 98

Meimei Yisrael [“Waters of Israel”: Collected Poetry]

FIRST EDITION. Title within typographical border Mispaginated, f.169 supplied from another copy. Wormed and stained. 8vo Vinograd, Venice 901; Habermann, di Gara, 198a, 188

Venice: Giovanni di Gara 1600

Est: $200 - $300
This collection of poetry composed in Najara's youth,” is a mixture of the religious and the secular. At times the poet speaks of “havayoth de-Abbaye ve-Rava” (the Talmudic disputations of Abbaye and Rava) (f. 153r.). At other times, he advocates lifting downtrodden spirits by drinking red wine in a garden setting at sunset” (f.148r.). The title “Waters of Israel” derives from the verse in II Kings 5:12