Auction No. 113

Famous personalities, Art, Seforim, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $250
Estimate $350 - $500
Sold for $305
Including buyer's premium

Dvar Shmuel. Responsa by Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav. Venice, 1702. Only edition. Handwritten glosses.

The author was one of the leading rabbis of Venice and of Italy, who was also known for his battle against Sabbateanism. On leaves 95-97 there is a report by the rabbis of Venice who interrogated Natan of Gaza in 1668, and a letter of protest against the cancellation of fasts by the Sabbateans. There is also correspondence between the author and Rabbi Yaakov Sasportas of Amsterdam regarding the issue of Shabbetai Tzvi. A long foreword by the author's son appears at the beginning of the book, with the author's biography and the process of his wondrous demise.

[6] 104 leaves, 29 cm. Very fine condition except for a light blemish in the margins of the title page. Unbound.