26 54 HAKOHEN, JOSEPH BEN MORDECHAI GERSHON. She’erith Yoseph [responsa]. FIRST EDITION. Title within architectural arch. THIS COPY WITH RARE ADDITIONAL RESPONSA ON CHALITZAH bound here prior to f.5. ff. 92, (2); 32. Browned, few stains, title and one additional leaf laid to size, previous owner’s marks. Bound in Valmadonna-custom chestnut blind-tooled calf, titled in gilt on spine. Sm. 4to. [Vinograd, Cracow 134; Mehlman 724; Y. Rivkind, Dikdukei Seforim in: Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume (Hebrew issue), (1950) pp. 422-3, no. 27.] Cracow, Isaac Prostitz, 1590. $2000 - $2500 ❧ Mehlman notes that a handful of copies have the two additional unnumbered leaves containing four unnoted responsa. Issued after the work was completed, these four responsa concerning Chalitzah were not reprinted in later editions. Joseph ben Mordechai Gershon was the brother-in-law of R. Moses Isserles (ReM”A) and served as a member of his Beth Din. She’erith Yoseph contains his responsa as well as expositions on the Mordechai to the Orders Nezikin and Mo’ed, Tractate Berachoth, the minor Tractates as well as the Tur-Choshen Mishpat. Most of his responsa deal with financial and commercial matters, area in which he was an expert. He was approached with problems from Moravia, Italy and even Turkey as well as his native Poland. He corresponded with R. Meir Katzenellenbogen (see responsum no. 1), and R. Solomon Luria (see responsum no. 17). 55 HALEVI, SOLOMON BEN ISAAC. Cheshek Shlomo [commentary to the Book of Isaiah, with text]. FIRST EDITION. Title within wreathed architectural columns. Various attractive printer’s devices. Wider margins, uncut. ff. 157. Lightly stained, few neat marginal repairs, stamps removed. Bound in Valmadonna-custom blind-tooled crushed morocco, outer edges gilt. Folio. [Vinograd, Salonika 154; Mehlman, Genuzoth Sepharim 66.] Salonika, Mattathias Bath-Sheva (Bassevi), 1600. $2000 - $3000 ❧ A native of Salonika, the author (1532-1600) writes in the introduction that his grandfather, the physician Maestro Solomon Halevi, a Spanish exile by way of Portugal, settled in Salonika a century earlier. This work continues the Sephardic tradition in both its rationalist and mystical aspects: citing at times Maimonides’ Guide, at other times, the Zohar. 56 HOROWITZ, SHABTHAI SHEFTEL. Shepha Tal [Kabbalah, a commentary to Igereth HaTe’amim]. FIRST EDITION. Title within textual border. Letters of title historiated. Several dramatic mystical text illustrations. Important approbations. ff. 10, 94. Lightly foxed, previous owner’s marks, stamp removed from title. Bound in Valmadonna-custom chestnut calf, blind- tooled with gilt florets at corners. Folio. [Vinograd, Hanau 13.] Hanau, Hans Jacob Hanau, 1612. $2000 - $2500 ❧ An important work that seeks to present a systematic reconciliation of Lurianic and Cordoverian Kabbalah. The text concerns itself with themes relating to the concept of Unity - that of God, the Jewish soul, the Jewish People, the Land of Israel and the deleterious ontological effect of Exile. See M. J. Heller, The Seventeenth Century Hebrew Book, Vol. I, pp. 294-5. The Author (1565-1619) a physician who was born in Prague, was a nephew of R. Isaiah Horowitz (The Shela’h HaKodosh). Lot 54 Lot 56 Lot 55