Lev Aharon [commentary to the Books of Joshua and Judges]

AUCTION 47 | Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lev Aharon [commentary to the Books of Joshua and Judges]

FIRST EDITION. Printer's mark on f. 2v. (Yaari, Hebrew Printers’ Marks 19) ff. 122, (2),129, (3). Trace stained, minute worming, otherwise a bright copy. ff. 25 bound out of sequence between ff. 29-30; ff. 115-121 misbound between leaves of indices. Contemporary calf, rubbed, spine worn. Folio Vinograd, Venice 1052; Habermann, di Gara 266

Venice: Giovanni di Gara 1608

Est: $400 - $600
The author, R. Aaron ibn Chaim I (1545-1632) served as dayan in the court of Vidal Tzarfati in Fez, Morocco. He is most celebrated for his commentary on the Siphra or Torath Kohanim, Korban Aharon. It is possible that in composing a commentary to the Siphra, ibn Chaim was following in the footsteps of his mentor Vidal Tzarfati, who earlier composed such a commentary. The present commentary to Joshua and Judges excels in its command of Midrashic and Talmudic literature. See Ch.J.D. Azulai, Shem HaGedolim I, V-6; EJ, Vol. VIII, cols. 1179-1180 (incl. facs.).