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Manuscript - Questions and Answers on Tax Regulations - Mantua, 1589

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Manuscript, questions and answers regarding the tax regulations of the Mantua community. [Mantua, 1589].
Italian cursive script.
Appendix to the tax regulations of the Mantua community which had been signed a year earlier. On the final page: "This is what we issued, the undersigned arbitrators, today, Wednesday, 8th March 1589, here in Mantua, and may G-d bless His people with peace".
The tax regulations of the Mantua community were first enacted in 1588 (signed on 21st Sivan 1588). These regulations were the basis for the communal taxation regulations applied in Mantua until the beginning of the 18th century, which were printed in special booklets named Seder HaHaaracha (Principles of Evaluation). Some time after the regulations were issued, various clarifications and explanations were required, and thus this appendix was composed. The information is presented in form of questions and answers, with references to the clause numbers of the 1588 regulations. A lengthy, informative answer is offered for every question, explaining every detail of the corresponding regulation. This appendix was printed together with the original regulations (in Mantua, ca. 1589, see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, listing 145730), untitled, with an opening paragraph: "These are the rules which the esteemed Torah scholars, the three arbitrators put forth for general evaluation, as is fitting to be applied here in Mantua…" (the possibility that the regulations from 1588 were printed separately, earlier, has not been verified. See enclosed material. Regarding the Mantua tax regulations, see: Simonsohn, Toldot HaYehudim BeDukasut Mantova, pp. 278-279).
[6] pages. 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, dampstains. Minor tears. Folding marks.

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