AUCTION 68 | Thursday, April 07th, 2016 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects and Graphic Art

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Lot 192


Aryeh Leib Epstein (“The Baal HaPardess.”) Siddur HaTephillah MeHa’Ari Za’l im Peirush Mishnath Chassidim bekitzur… Im Ohr Hashanim… nikra… Mishnath Gur Aryeh. [Includes Kiddush Levana, Ma’ariv, Mincha, Motzei Shabbath, Birkath Hamazon, Seder Shechiva, Seder Chatzoth, Seder Hayom, Seder Kenisa Lebeth Haknesseth Shachrith, Tephilath Ha’asiah, Seder Tikun Hamagifah, Tikunei Tephiloth Kedoshoth Lekeri, Nusach Hatephila al Hame’ubereth, R. Yishmael Kohen Gadol. With portions of Ohr Hashanim, Shomer Emunim and Sha’arei Rachamim] ff. (2), 56 (lacking title-page), (1), 16, 8, 25-31, 5-6, 13-14. Mispaginated in places, ff. 53-56 bound at end, previous owners stamps, signature of censor on recto of first leaf, marginal tear on first leaf and f. 44 not affecting text. Contemporary boards, light wear. Sm. folio.

Koenigsberg: Johann Friedrich Drist 1765-69

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
<<Scarce. >> Issued over time, section by section, due to lack of funds and social disturbances. It was never completed. Present here is the rare large-paper printed copy with extensive manuscript additions. Additional printed leaves bibliographically unrecorded. The Baal HaPardess, who was greatly admired by the Vilna Gaon, intended to reissue the Siddur Sha’arei Rachamim (Salonika, 1741), but as he records in the present introduction, the project had to be aborted due to the outbreak of Haidamack violence. Instead, the author writes, at present he is only issuing the Mincha and Ma’ariv prayers, as the associated Kavanoth are not too lengthy. Furthermore, at an additional cost, a few large-margined copies of the Siddur will be provided, in which additional marginal space is left for a potential owner to include the Mishnath Chassidim by Immanuel Hai Ricchi (as per the present copy). The first and second leaves contain a Haskamah Koleleth, dated 5th Elul, 1768 (not noted by Weiner or Yudlov who date the book as 1765-67), signed by 15 Rabbis gathered at the fair in Zelva. Plus separate approbations by R. Moshe Yehoshua Horowitz of Grodno, R. Abraham Katzenellenbogen of Brisk, R. Faivush of Lissa and R. Shalom ben Elazar Rokeach. Also provided here is an important historical Yiddish letter from Old Konstantin dated 1768 concerning the Jewish victims of the Haidamack uprising, which resulted in massacres in Uman and elsewhere in the Ukraine. This portion of the volume was published later, in 1769. These leaves are not in the Mehlman copy nor other recorded copies.