Auction 67 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
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LOT 7:

Manuscript, Shechitot UBedikot - Perpignan (Southern France), 1770 - Illustrated

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Manuscript, laws of Shechitot and Bedikot (ritual slaughter and inspection), by R. Yitzchak de Valabrègue. Perpignan (southern France), 1770.
The manuscript comprises two main parts, the first part: "Questions and answers, more valuable than gold and Ophir… pertaining to the laws of Shechita and Bedika", the second part: "Yoreh De'ah, Maharik on the laws of Shechita and Bedika" - a summary based on Shulchan Aruch. A poem briefly alluding to all the laws of Shechita is featured at the end of part I.
Beautiful drawings of flowers drawn by the scribe of this manuscript appear at the end of part I and beginning of part II, as well as at the end of the manuscript.
The scribe signed his name in the colophon at the end of the manuscript: "The questions and answers, and the laws of Shechita and Bedika have been completed by the young student Yitzchak son of Yochanan de Valabrègue, Shevat 1770, in the city of Perpignan". His name in French, "Isaac De Valabregue - 1770", is gilt blocked on both sides of the leather binding.
There is another extant manuscript, decorated and copied by this scribe in 1772 - a machzor for Rosh Hashana according to the Carpentras (Avignon) rite, French National Library in Paris, MS 1390.
In the blank leaves at the beginning and end of the manuscript, several ownership inscriptions, some with the name of the scribe. A later inscription, in French and Hebrew: "Jb [=Jacob] Chéri Mendès de Molina - 1875 - Paris, prayer-leader of the Sephardi community".
[54] leaves. 20 cm. Thick paper. Fair-good condition. Stains and traces of past dampness, wear and tears. Several loose or detached leaves. Original binding, with damage and tears.

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