AUCTION 44 | Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 307


Three Judeo-Persian manuscripts: Jacob ben Paltiel. Derash Shevi'i shel Pesach. ff. (34). * Jacob ben Paltiel. Derash Shemini shel Pesach. ff. (36). * Collected poems, including: the ballad of Joseph and Zuleika, on ff. 29r.-40v. [see EJ, Vol. X, col.434, facs. of JTSA ms.; V.B. Moreen, Miniature Paintings in Judeo-Persian Manuscripts [1985],pp. 21-29]; Shahin's classic poetical paraphrase of the Biblical story of David and Goliath from the Book of Samuel, on ff.51v.-67v. [see Ohel Dawid Sassoon Catalog (1932), Vol. I, p. 474]; and poetry of the non-Jewish poet Rumi, on f.67v. ("Shems Tabrizi" was the teacher of Maulana Rumi). ff. (101). Notebook ruled in red by hand. On first page, name of former owner "Meir Rahman Betzalel" Stained. 4to and 8vo


Est: $500 - $700
Jacob ben Paltiel is most renowned for his translation of Pirkei Avoth (Ethics of the Fathers). See JE, Vol.VII, p. 319 (par. vi). Concerning Judeo-Persian Literature see JE, Vol. VII, pp. 317-324; EJ, Vol. X, cols. 432-439; JQR, Vol. X (1898), pp. 584-601