Auction 54 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Feb 7, 2017 (Your local time)
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LOT 36:

First Bible Printed in Yiddish - Amsterdam, 1676-1679

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Bible translated to Yiddish by Jekuthiel ben Isaac Blitz. With To'aliyot HaRalbag by R. Levi ben Gershon (Ralbag) on the Torah and Nevi'im Rishonim. Amsterdam, [1676-1679]. Printed by Uri Feivish HaLevi. Five separate title pages: For the Torah, for Megillot, Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim. Without the illustrated title page. Approbations of the rabbi of Va'ad Arba Artzot, Amsterdam Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbis. On the leaves preceding the title page - special permission by the King of Poland for this printing, in Yiddish and in Latin.
[6], 54, [1], 56-63, [1], 64-193, [1], 195-256, [1], 18 leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, worming. Ancient ownership inscription and stamps. New colorful and elaborate leather binding housed in a colored cardboard case.
Various dates appear on the title pages: 1676, 1678 and 1679. The approbations are dated 1671-1677. Two different editions of a Yiddish translation of the Bible were printed simultaneously in those days. For further information regarding the polemic surrounding this printing, see: A.M. Haberman, Chapters in the History of the Hebrew Printers, pp. 300-310.

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