18 37 CHAYON, SAMUEL. B’nei Shemuel [responsa and Halachiv novellae]. FIRST EDITION. Two parts bound in one volume. Wider margins. Marginal notations. ff. 113, 144. Light stains in places, damp- wrinkled, several leaves expertly laid to size. Bound in Valmadonna-custom calf-backed marbled boards, corners vellum-tipped, spine gilt-titled. Sm. folio. [Vinograd, Salonika 175.] Salonika, n.p., 1613. $2000 - $2500 ❧ R. Shemaiah di Modena composed the introduction to this work and relates that it is entitled “Bnei Shmuel,” as the author - (who was named after his grandfather, Samuel di Modena, the Maharshda”m) had no children of his own, hence his legacy is the present work of Torah scholarship. The afterword recounts the author’s losses due to civil unrest in Salonika in 1614. See Y. Mehlman, Genuzoth Sepharim, p. 92. See also M. J. Heller, The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book, Vol. I, pp. 296-7.” 38 COHEN, ABRAHAM BEN SHABTHAI. Kehunath Avraham [poetical paraphrase of the Book of Psalms]. With B’nei Keturah [verse to Perek Shirah]. FIRST EDITION. Six parts in one volume, each part proceeded by individual title page (featuring cherubs sounding trumpets). Additional engraved title depicting tamarisk plant surrounded by 14-part historiated border featuring King David with harp, Priestly hands, angels and cherubs with musical instruments, etc. (see Yaari, Printer’s Marks no. 97). Engraved plate prior to B’nei Keturah (between f. 52-3) entitled “Barchu HaShem Kol Tzva’av” - depicting celestial bodies and the animal kingdom, a circular engraving in praise of Creation. ff. (1), 8, 49, 40, 30, 26, 52, (1), 53-64. Lacking author portrait, browned and slightly dampwrinkled. Later sheep, expertly rebacked with titled gilt on spine. 4to. [Vinograd, Venice 1660.] Venice, Bragadin, 1719. $2000 - $2500 ❧ The author (1670 – 1729) was a native of Zante, one of the Ionian isles of Greece, then part of the Venetian Republic. See M. Benayahu, Abraham Hakohen of Zante and the Circle of Physician-Poets in Padua, in: HaSifrut, Vol. 26 (1978) pp. 108–140. Lot 37 Lot 38