Binath HaMaskil.

AUCTION 65 | Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art

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Lot 21

Binath HaMaskil.

Autograph Manuscript in Hebrew, written in brown inks in a cursive Aschkenazic hand on paper. ff. (3), 42, (28). Worming towards the end with loss of few letters. Modern vellum-backed boards. Sm. 4to.

Germany: 1724

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
A super-commentary on the Kabbalistic portions of Nachmanides’s commentary on the Bible. <<AN AUTOGRAPH UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT.>> Very few commentaries on the esoteric and kabbalistic comments of the Ramba’n in his classic commentary to the Torah are extant. Wherever the Ramba’n concludes a statement with the words “hamaskil yavin” (the intelligent will understand), he is alluding to a deeper meaning of the statement. Here we have an original work - the only extant copy of this commentary - that elucidates the intention of the Ramba’n. <<BOUND WITH:>> 1. Likutei Seguloth [2 pp.] with a notation in the hand of R’ Judah Asad. * 2. A copy of the glosses of R’ Chaim Vital on Zohar. * 3. Prayer of Repentance by the Tanna R’ Elazar ben Arach. * 4. Ashirah L’Hashem Ve’Azamrah [poem] attributed to Rav Sa’adiya Gaon. For a more detailed description of the manuscript, see Y. Y. Weiss, Tzefunoth, Vol. 16, p. 98.