Shulchan Aruch [Code of Jewish Law]. Four parts in one volume

AUCTION 61 | Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic Art and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 169

Shulchan Aruch [Code of Jewish Law]. Four parts in one volume

Second edition. Title letters within decorative woodcut vignettes, opening word of each section within decorative woodcut border-piece incorporating printers’ device (cf. Yaari no. 33). Printers’ device on title. ff. 62; 56; 34; 71; (9). Variously stained in places, several opening leaves neatly remargined, few expert paper repairs, previous owner’s marks. Modern morocco. Folio. Vinograd, Venice 553; Adams J-339

Venice: Giorgio di Cavalli 1567

Est: $7,000 - $9,000
A digest of the expansive Beith Yoseph, the Shulchan Aruch (“Prepared Table”) so named by Karo to indicate that he had prepared the material in a manner ready to be consumed immediately. It has become the Rabbinic Code par excellence. Two editions were issued simultaneously; the present one at the House of Cavalli and the other at that of Giovanni Griffio. For details regarding the first printings of the Shulchan Aruch, see: R. Margoliot, in Sinai, Vol. 37 (1955) pp. 25-35 and R. Y. Nissim in Sinai Sepher Yovel (1958) pp. 29-39. “The printers’ mark of Cavalli, an elephant bearing a castle, and its significant motto, may be interpreted to indicate how the times were changing. The elephant marches “tarde sed tuto,” slowly but surely, like the march of Enlightenment that led man out of the darkness of the Middle Ages.” See D. Amram, The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy (1963) p. 349.