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Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Pesahim, Venice: Daniel Bomberg, [1519-1520]
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Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Pesahim, Venice: Daniel Bomberg, [1519-1520]
Estimate
120,000160,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Pesahim, Venice: Daniel Bomberg, [1519-1520]
139 folios (13 1/2 x 9 1/8 in.; 341 x 230 mm) (collation: i-xvi8, xvii6, xviii5) on paper; modern (mis)foliation in pencil in gutter at head of recto. Manuscript marginalia (sometimes extensive) on virtually every page of the Talmud, some cropped; illegible owner’s stamp on f. 20r. Slight scattered staining; repairs in lower edges frequently throughout, particularly in outer corners, episodically with small losses of text; some cropping to upper edge; original title supplied and loose, facsimile title bound in; small wormhole at center of ff. 2-6 only affecting individual letters; slight worming in lower quadrant of ff. 2-8, 60-77 only affecting individual letters; repairs in margins of ff. 2-11, with some loss of text; short unrepaired slit in margin of f. 9, in inner column of f. 10, and at center of f. 11 affecting some text; small repairs in gutters of ff. 13, 16-17, 23, 25-26, 31-35, 42-43, [92], 94-95, 106, 112-117, episodically affecting text; repair in outer edge of f. 21 affecting a few words; short tears in upper edges of ff. 25, 51, 79-80 and in inner column of ff. 84-88; slight worming on ff. 26-29, 34-36, [83]-89 affecting a few words; small repairs in upper edge of f. 28, in outer edges of ff. [30], 39-40, 79-84, 96-97, 110, 114, and in lower edges of ff. 33, 37; long tears on ff. 32, 34, 59, 96-97, 111 repaired; small wormhole in lower margins of ff. 34-57, 119-120 and in outer margins of ff. 106-110, 122-[126]; small hole in upper quadrant of f. 35 affecting a couple words; lower-outer corner of f. 46 lacking; ff. 58-59 supplied, with repairs in gutters and margins slightly affecting text; ff. 82-90, 138-139 repaired along gutters; small repairs in upper-outer corners of ff. 96-116; slight worming in gutters of ff. 112-125, 132-138 and in outer column of ff. [137]-138; ff. [121], 139 repaired along upper edges. Sixteenth-century (near-contemporary) intricately blind-tooled leather binding, rebacked, with some losses and brittleness; two leather clasps on fore-edge worn; metal cornerpieces; red paper edges; modern paper flyleaves and pastedowns.
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Catalogue Note

Pesahim (Passovers), the third tractate in the order Mo‘ed, concerns the laws of the Passover festival and its attendant rituals. Originally divided into two parts, Pesah rishon (First Passover) and Pesah sheni (Second Passover), the treatises were later combined and renamed Pesahim (in the plural). Comprising the first four chapters (ending on f. 57b), Pesah rishon treats the laws of hamets (leavened bread), matsah (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), and haroset (a paste of fruit, spices, nuts, and wine) – all of which feature in the Passover holiday as observed today. By contrast, Pesah sheni, the following five chapters (ending on f. 99a), discusses in great detail the rules governing the offering of the paschal lamb during the times when the Temple stood in Jerusalem. The final chapter, accompanied in this edition (and subsequent ones) by the commentary of Rabbi Samuel ben Meir (Rashbam; ca. 1080/85-ca. 1174), deals with the ritual of the Seder night. Scholars believe that Pesahim was the first tractate printed by Bomberg, based in part on the absence of a date on the title page. The present copy is housed in an elaborately tooled sixteenth-century (near-contemporary) leather binding.

Provenance

The Sons of Levi (f. [1r])

Menahem Cohen (f. [1v])

Kholeif(?) (f. 81r)

Abraham (f. 125r)

Joseph ha-Levi(?) (f. 138v)

Feivel ben Samuel (f. 139v)

Literature

A.M. Habermann, Ha-madpis daniyyel bombirgi u-reshimat sifrei beit defuso (Safed: The Museum of Printing Art, 1978), 33 (no. 17).

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