(The Physician). Kether Torah [on the precepts]

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

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Lot 203

(The Physician). Kether Torah [on the precepts]

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Title within historiated woodcut border surmounted by coronet. Illustration of hand (relating to calendar) on f. 14v, illustration of cow’s lung (relating to dietary laws) on f. 92v. <<An uncut copy.>> Signature of Samson Cohen Modon of Mantua on title. ff. (128). Opening three leaves trace wormed and stained, upper portion of title-page remargined. Modern blind-tooled maroon morocco; slip-case. 4to. Vinograd, Const. 154; Mehlman 705.

Constantinople: Eliezer ben Gershom Soncino 1536

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
A Spanish exile, David Vital settled in Greece, first in Patras and following the Turko-Venetian war of 1532, in Arta, where he was welcomed as a pre-eminent halachic authority. Kether Torah is a rhymed summary of the 613 Commandments in accordance with Maimonides’s enumeration, together with the seven rabbinical commandments. Hence, the numerical value of the title, “Kether” (620). The work is a commentary to Maimonides’ Sefer HaMitzvoth - indeed, the author writes that he has “not strayed from the great Eshel (tamarisk tree), neither left nor right.” Despite its unusual poetic form, the Kether Torah remains an important halachic source frequently quoted in rabbinic literature.