Manoth Halevi [Kabbalistic commentary to the Book of Esther]

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

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Lot 22

Manoth Halevi [Kabbalistic commentary to the Book of Esther]

FIRST EDITION. On title, former owner’s inscription in Hebrew: “Mordechai Cohen of Palestrina" with stamps ff. (4), 225 (i.e. 231), (1). Taped repairs, stained, marginally wormed. Modern morrocco. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Venice 680; Habermann, di Gara 73; Adams B-1337

Venice: Giovanni di Gara 1585

Est: $400 - $600
Rivkind notes four variant issues of this edition. Our copy is a "hybrid" of Rivkind's Variants 1 and 2. It resembles No.1 inasmuch as Mordechai ben Baruch Tivoli's introduction (printed on the verso of the title) contains 24 (as opposed to 21) lines. However, it resembles No. 2 by virtue of the fact that it contains 232 (as opposed to 231) leaves, adding a commentary of R. Menachem Azariah of Fano to a passage in Zohar and shifting Isaac ben Gershon Treves' Apology to the next leaf. See Y. Rivkind, "Dikdukei Sofrim," Kiryath Sepher, Vol. X (1933-4), pp. 493-96