Masechta Baba Bathra.

AUCTION 74 | Thursday, November 09th, 2017 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 199

Masechta Baba Bathra.

With commentaries by Rashi, Tosaphoth and Piskei Tosaphoth. Textural diagrams. ff. 165 (of 232), lacking title, text and with final leaves of commentary Chikur Dinei Baba Bathra published after Piskei Tosaphoth. Stained, previous owner’s signature on f. 3, scattered marginalia, a few leaves repaired affecting text, marginal repairs. Later tooled calf. Folio.


Est: $2,000 - $3,000
This Pesaro tractate has a number of distinguishing features that differ from standard editions. Whereas the standard edition contains ff. 176 (following Bomberg), this edition has a different pagination. The remark found on f. 29a in the standard edition: “Until here the commentary of Rashi -from here on the commentary of R. Samuel b. Meir (Rashbam) reads in this edition simply as: “Here Rashi died” (f. 26a). This is followed by a brief commentary quite unlike the lengthy comments of the Rashba’m. Rabbinovicz felt that this was so important, he reproduced its page to “publicize it to the world” (pp. 21-22 n. 19). The Rashbam’s commentary begins here much later (equivalent to f. 54b of the standard edition) and has many important textual variants (see Rabbinovicz p. 22). Another Pesaro Talmud Tractate in the possession of the Valmadonna Trust Library was exhibited in the Pierpont Morgan Library, see their catalogue: Hebraica from the Valmadonna Trust (1989) no. 17.