Abudraham [commentary to prayers]

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

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Lot 11

Abudraham [commentary to prayers]

Cherubic illustration as masthead on title and ff.2-3. On title, printer's mark (Yaari, Hebrew Printers' Marks 34) ff. 147. Light stains, marginal worming toward end. Modern calf. 4to Vinograd, Venice, 512; NOT IN ADAMS

Venice: Giorgio di Cavalli 1566

Est: $300 - $500
David ben Joseph Abudarham of Seville wrote his liturgical commentary in 1340. He was motivated to write the work in response to contemporary liturgical confusion: "The lengthy exile and intensive persecution have led to a variety of customs in different kingdoms so that most ordinary folk, when they offer their prayers to God, are practically clueless about their meaning and have no understanding of the sense and structure of liturgical practices.” Abudarham’s work accordingly not only provides clear rules, but devotes much space to the reasons behind many customs, as well as commenting on the text of the prayers and the more important piyutim. The work offers commentary to all daily, Sabbath, monthly, Festival and fast-day prayers, as well as providing guidance on lectionaries, the calendar and an extensive treatise upon the various benedictions. The work comprises an invaluable encyclopaedia concerning the ritual customs of Spain, France, Provence and Germany. See S.C. Reif, Judaism and Hebrew Prayer (1993), pp. 204-5