Megilath Setarim [super-commentary to Abraham ibn Ezra on the Pentateuch]

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

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Lot 231

Megilath Setarim [super-commentary to Abraham ibn Ezra on the Pentateuch]

FIRST EDITION. Marginalia ff. 52. Opening three leaves repaired with small loss, stained in places, repaired worming. Modern vellum-backed cloth. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Venice 465; Mehlman 667; Adams S-240

Venice: Alvise Bragadin 1554

Est: $600 - $900
Samuel ben Sa'adia ibn Motot lived in Guadalajara, Spain in the second half of the 14th-century. Ibn Motot's super-commentary displays a profound knowledge of Talmud, Kabbalah and philosophy. Unlike most of the super-commentaries to Ibn Ezra, Motot is not one to be modest when he feels ibn Ezra's novellae step beyond the bounds of rabbinic propriety (see f.46r.) According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, (Vol. IX, p. 99) "The work soon became very rare." the condition descrip, needs to read over the rest.