Masechta Chagiga. With commentary by Rashi.

AUCTION 60 | Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic Art and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 265

Masechta Chagiga. With commentary by Rashi.

ff. (28). Browned, trace stained, few neat marginal repairs. Modern calf backed boards. 4to. Vinograd, Cracow 313 (not seen by Vinograd listed based upon Rabinovicz, Ma’amar Al Hadfasath HaTalmud.)

(Cracow): (Isaac Prostitz) (1616)

Est: $4,000 - $6,000
<< RARE. NO COPY IN JNUL.>> The third printing of the Talmud in Cracow commenced in 1616 and was completed in 1620. Printed for the use of students in the various houses of learning “in order that they should be able to acquire [the books] easily and without great expense.” The edition was small, printed on low grade paper with type of comparable quality. Its most distinguishing feature, is that it is printed with the commentary of Rashi alone without the Tosaphoth and thus to benefit the novice young Talmudist. Rabinovicz notes that none of the tractates from this Talmud edition were printed with a title page and the arrangement of the text does not follow the standard Venetian foliation. Printed at a time of great hardship for Polish Jewry, this edition is a testament to an overriding desire for scholarly pursuit, despite grinding poverty and persecution. See M. Heller, Printing the Talmud (1992) pp. 381-96 and R.N.N. Rabinovicz, Ma’amar al Hadpasat Hatalmud (1952), pp. 84-5.