Hebrew. Pentateuch). [Chamishah Chumshei Torah]. With Targum Onkelos and commentaries of Rashi and Nachmanides.
<<PRINTED ON VELLUM AND PAPER.>> Two volumes. Text in Spanish square Hebrew type with nikud, commentaries in rabbinic type. Opening word of each Book within elegant woodcut border. The Salman Schocken copy (partially).
<<Vol. I:>> Bereishith, ff. 132 (26 leaves in facsimile). <<*>> Shemoth, ff. 133-246.
(i.e. 248, complete). <<*>> Vayikra, ff. 247 (i.e. 249)-330 (27 leaves on vellum, 10 leaves in facsimile). <<Vol. II:>> Bamidbar, ff. 331-419 (16 leaves on vellum, 2 leaves in facsimile). <<*>> Devarim, ff. 420-498 (8) (13 leaves on vellum, 60 leaves in facsimile). Further collation information available upon request.
A made-up copy, mispaginated, variously stained, expert paper repairs (some loss of text). Modern finely tooled calf. Housed in custom slip-case. Folio. Vinograd, Salonika 13; Freimannn, Pergamentdrucke ZfHB Vol. 15 no. 45 (recording just two fragments); Zedner p. 107”only one other copy known which is on paper; not in Darlow & Moule.
Salonika: Yehudah Gedaliah and Abraham Alnaqua 1520
Est: $12,000 - $18,000
PRICE REALIZED $13,000
<<OF THE UTMOST RARITY.>> As the late Prof. Chimen Abramsky wrote in his description of the Schocken copy: “This edition is probably rarer than many Hebrew incunables.”
<<Accompanied by:>> An additional 27 duplicate leaves <<on vellum;>> and a volume containing a further four leaves with typographical variants. According to Prof. Elazar Hurvitz, these leaves are not from the actual edition but were distributed by the printer to solicit buyers (see Hurvitz’s letter accompanying the lot).
See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Vellum no. 11.