Don Isaac Abrabanel. Mirkeveth HaMishneh [commentary to the Book of Deuteronomy]

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 214

Don Isaac Abrabanel. Mirkeveth HaMishneh [commentary to the Book of Deuteronomy]

<<FIRST EDITION.>> With the rare unnumbered final leaf containing a full-page poem by Azariah di Rossi. <<THE R. SHIMON SOFER OF CRACOW COPY, >> with his inscription and signature dated 1868 on the verso of the front cover. Title within architectural floral border. On final page, printer’s marks of Tobias Foa and Joseph Shalit (Yaari, Hebrew Printers’ Marks 19-20). Many Hebrew marginal notes in an early Italian hand. ff. 145, (1). Stained, previous owners’ signatures and inscriptions in various hands on title and verso of front and back cover, slight worming, small marginal tear on upper left corner of title. Early Latin manuscript vellum leaf over old boards, worn. Folio. Vinograd, Sabbioneta 1; Yaari, Mechkarei Sepher, p. 352, no. 1

Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa 1551

Est: $6,000 - $7,000
From the library of R. Shimon Sofer (1820-83) - the Michtav Sofer. He was the son of the Chasam Sofer and grandson of Akiva Eger. R. Shimon Sofer presented this book as a wedding gift (”doron derashah.”) The recipient proudly writes on the verso of the back cover that he received it from the great Gaon of Cracow. The writer of marginalia mentions “Hachacham …Hillel Mori.”