Talmud Yerushalmi

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

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Lot 127

Talmud Yerushalmi

Four parts in one. Three divisional titles. Each title within woodcut architectural border. Opening word of each part within elaborate floral woodcut. An attractive copy. ff. 65, (1), 83, (1), 66, (1), 51. Small partion of architectural decoration of first title and a few words of f. 2b in facsimile, Signature of previous owner on title Nachman b. Shabbathai Chanin stating that it previously belonged to Joseph Samega, additional stamp excised, minimally stained, few leaves remargined or otherwise expertly repaired, trace repaired worming. Modern calf. Folio. Vinograd, Venice 89; Haberman, Bomberg 90; Mehlman 138; Adams T-111; Heller, The Sixteenth-Century Hebrew Book, Vol. I, pp. 148-9

Venice: Daniel Bomberg (1523)

Est: $15,000 - $20,000
<<First Edition Upon Which All Further Editions Are Based.>> The text of this first edition of the Yerushalmi was checked and compared to three other manuscripts. The most important of these being the famed Leiden Manuscript, the earliest Yerushalmi text extant (1289). “The Yerushalmi has not been preserved in its entirety, large portions of it were entirely lost at an early date, while other parts exist only in fragments. This editio princeps terminates with the following remark: “Thus far we have found what is contained in this Talmud, we have endeavored in vain to obtain the missing portions.” Of the six orders of the Mishnah, the fifth, Kodashim, is entirely lost, while the sixth, Taharoth, contains only the first three chapters of Tractate Nidah.