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PENTATEUCH AND FIVE SCROLLS WITH TARGUM AND COMMENTARY, AND HAFTAROT, VENICE: DANIEL BOMBERG, 1548

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PENTATEUCH AND FIVE SCROLLS WITH TARGUM AND COMMENTARY, AND HAFTAROT, VENICE: DANIEL BOMBERG, 1548

PENTATEUCH AND FIVE SCROLLS WITH TARGUM AND COMMENTARY, AND HAFTAROT, VENICE: DANIEL BOMBERG, 1548

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 USD

Lot sold:

8,820

USD

PENTATEUCH AND FIVE SCROLLS WITH TARGUM AND COMMENTARY, AND HAFTAROT, VENICE: DANIEL BOMBERG, 1548


2 parts in 1 volume: 408 folios (13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.; 342 x 239 mm) (collation: i-xlvii8, xlviii6, i-ii8, iii10) on paper. Nineteenth-century (?) blind-tooled leather with gilt florets, slightly scuffed around edges and along spine; spine in five compartments with raised bands; title, place, and date lettered in gilt on spine; modern paper flyleaves and pastedowns.


A fine copy of Bomberg’s third glossed Pentateuch.


Throughout his distinguished career, Daniel Bomberg, the great Venetian publisher of Hebrew books, issued a number of different types of complete Hebrew Bibles and Pentateuchs—the latter often accompanied by the Five Scrolls and haftarot (lections from the Prophets)—in various sizes and formats. One of his first, published in late 1516, was a quarto-sized edition that included the Targum (Aramaic translation) and the commentary of Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac (Rashi; 1040-1105) on both the Pentateuch and the Five Scrolls, as well as the commentary of Rabbi David Kimhi (Radak; 1160-1235) on the haftarot. Similarly, in 1524, a folio-sized version appeared, this one featuring the Targum and commentaries of Rashi and Rabbi Hezekiah ben Manoah (Hizzekuni; thirteenth century) on the Pentateuch, the Targum and commentary of Rashi on the Five Scrolls, as well as the haftarot.


The present Pentateuch, also printed in folio format, is perhaps Bomberg’s most ambitious. It features the Targum, as well as the commentaries of Rashi and Rabbi Moses Nahmanides (Ramban; 1194-1270), on the Pentateuch, plus the gloss of Rabbi Isaac Aboab II (1433-1493) on Ramban’s commentary. Moreover, the Five Scrolls are accompanied by the Targum and the commentary of Rashi, and the haftarot are preceded by their own title page, perhaps indicating that they were sometimes sold separately. Aboab’s supercommentary had first appeared in Constantinople in 1525 as a standalone treatise, and this edition represents the first time it was issued together with Ramban’s work itself.


Provenance

Rabbi Jacob Shatz bar Aaron, “currently here, in the Holy Community of Wallerstein” (Pentateuch title page)


Samson (Pentateuch title page)


Literature

A.M. Habermann, Ha-madpis daniyyel bombirgi u-reshimat sifrei beit defuso (Safed: The Museum of Printing Art, 1978), 92 (no. 211).


Vinograd, Venice 336

Two architectural title pages, the latter simplified; ornamental initial word panels on 1:2r, 3r, 90v, 168v, 223v, 284r, 345r; intermittent headers comprising Latin book names added in pen; periodic marginal notations marking chapter numbers (and in the Haftarot, Latin book names) also added in pen. Scattered staining; periodic nicks in outer edges; lower-outer edge remargined virtually throughout, without loss of text; repairs in gutter at head of 1:[1]-8, 211-212, at times slightly affecting individual letters, and in gutter at foot of 1:263; small puncture in upper margins of 1:[2]-19, in gutter at foot of 1:[382], and on 1:186, the latter slightly affecting text; minor worming in lower edges of 1:[1]-10 (sometimes repaired), 297-303, and in gutter at foot of 1:328-363; 1:28-29 and 2:21-22 loose; 1:41 bound after 1:56; short tears in upper edges of 1:69-70 (repaired) and in lower edges of 1:72, 107-108, 223, 283-294, 299-300, 325, 355, 368; longer tear through some text at head of 1:112 (repaired) and in lower edges of 1:261, 298 (repaired); a few wormholes on 2:13-26, mostly marginal and only affecting individual letters.


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