6 11 ASCHKENAZI, ELIEZER BEN ELIJAH HAROFÈ. Yosef Lekach [commentary to the Book of Esther, with text]. FIRST EDITION. Title within historiated woodcut architectural arch. Wider margins. Signed by censors at end. ff. 83. Previous owner’s marks, few stains. Bound in Valmadonna-custom maroon blind-tooled calf embellished in gilt extra, titled in gilt on spine. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Cremona 47.] Cremona, Christopher Draconi, 1576. $1000 - $1500 ❧ Eliezer Aschkenazi (1512-85) held influential positions in widely scattered Jewish communities from Egypt, Cyprus and Italy to the major centers in Poland (Posen and Cracow). His Biblical exegesis is permeated with the contemporary rationalistic spirit of rabbinical scholarship. This edition of Yosef Lekach, was the last Hebrew book printed in Cremona, which for a little over twenty years was a center of Jewish learning and printing, amidst the rigid censorship of the Inquisition. See D. Amram, The Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy (1963) pp. 306-19. For an analysis of typographical variances found in this edition, see M. Benayahu, HaDephus Ha’Ivri Be’Cremona (1971) pp. 232-33. Lot 11 Lot 13 12 ASCHKENAZI, YEKUTHIEL (Editor). Margalioth Tovah [super- commentaries to Abraham ibn Ezra on the Chumash: Ohel Yoseph, Mekor Chaim and Megilath Setarim]. FIRST EDITION. DELUXE COPY, PRINTED ENTIRELY ON BLUE PAPER. ff. (4), 156. Final plate in facsimile. Bound in Valmadonna- custom gilt-tooled chestnut calf, spine in compartments and elaborately tooled in gilt. Folio. Housed in fitted slip-case. [Vinograd, Amsterdam 1192.] Amsterdam, Isaac de Cordova, 1722. $1200 - $1800 ❧ RARE, BIBLIOPHILIC EDITION. PRINTED ENTIRELY ON BLUE PAPER. See Treasures of the Valmadonna Trust Library - Otzroth Ya’akov, Colored Paper no. 33. 13 AUSCHENBERG, SHIMON. Devek Tov [super-commentary to Rashi on the Pentateuch]. Second edition. WOODCUT MAP of the Travels of the Children of Israel on f. 112v, geographical depiction of Land of Israel, Egypt and surrounding seas on f. 53r, Jacob’s ladder in juxtaposition to the Land of Israel on f. 28v. Early marginal notations in several hands. ff. 112 (of 128) final 16 leaves supplied in facsimile. Title and few other leaves stained, previous owner’s marks. Bound in Valmadonna- custom full maroon calf. Housed in fitted slip-case. 4to. [Vinograd, Cracow 130.] Cracow, Isaac Protitz, 1590. $500 - $700 Lot 12