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Chafetz Chaim, laws of guarding one's speech – "Laws pertaining to the prohibitions of derogatory speech and talebearing, according to the halacha derived from the Talmud and halachic literature". Vilna, 1873. First edition. This is the first book authored by R. Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin, and it was published anonymously, though his name appears in Russian at the foot of the title page. The book contains several handwritten emendations and glosses by the author. There is a five-word correction on p. 46, and a six-word gloss on p. 159, both handwritten by the Chafetz Chaim (these corrections were later incorporated in the second edition, Vilna, 1877). R. Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin (1837-1933; Otzar HaRabbanim 12262), leader of the Jewish people, was widely known by the name of his first book, the Chafetz Chaim. He founded the Radin yeshiva and authored many halachic and ethical works: Mishna Berura, Shemirat HaLashon, Ahavat Chessed and dozens more. 5, , 8-81 leaves. [Without the 4 prenumeranten leaves added to some copies]. 22 cm. Fair condition. Upper half of title page (containing most of text) lacking, replaced in photocopy. Stains and many dampstains to some leaves, mostly at beginning of book. Wear and signs of usage. Marginal damage and minor tears to several leaves. Many inscriptions inside binding. Stamp and ownership inscriptions on title page. Old binding, worn and damaged.