Auction 65 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Mar 12, 2019 (Your local time)
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LOT 96:

Shiltei HaGiborim - Venice, 1612

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Shiltei HaGiborim, comprehensive composition pertaining to the Beit HaMikdash, the Kohanim and Leviim, the Temple vessels, musical instruments and more, by R. Avraham HaRofeh Portaleone. Venice: "Avraham MiShaar Aryeh" (Avraham from Lion Gate [Portaleone] - the book was printed in the author's home), [1612]. First edition. Four title pages. Two ownership inscriptions in Oriental script appear on the first title page: "This is my book, the young Chaim Yosef Mercado HaKohen Kutina"; "Acquired with my money to serve my Creator, the young Avraham HaKohen". The endpapers contain various lists of names of people and books. An acrostic poem (spelling out the name "Asher"), in praise of the book and its author, is inscribed in Ashkenazic script on p. 2a. The principal part of the book is composed of the first 90 chapters, in which the author comprehensively describes the Beit HaMikdash, its vessels and all the Temple services. His research is based on the Bible and Chazal, at the same time deriving information from ancient Jewish, Arabic and Christian traditions as well as contemporary science. The composition contains much scientific data, such as botanic names of the components of the incense and of the anointment oil, identification of the gems of the High Priest's breastplate (choshen) and their remedial qualities, a detailed study of the music in the Beit HaMikdash, including much information on musical instruments and various musical styles, expansive knowledge of engineering and architecture, medicine, chemistry, etc. Moreover, the book deals with linguistic analysis of words in the Holy Tongue, derived from the author's command of ten European and Semitic languages, especially Greek and Latin. [1], 2-12, 103 leaves (lacking the blank leaf following leaf 103); [1], 106-124 leaves; [1], 126-130 leaves; [1], 132-186 leaves. 28.5 cm. High-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains. Dampstains to title page and other leaves. Worming, slightly affecting text. Early leather binding with embossed ornamentation, damaged. Embossed on the binding: "Yeoshua ibn Lahmiach".

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