Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $700
Estimate $800 - $1,000

Novellae and in-depth studies on Tractate Ketubot by Rabbi Akiva Lehren Steinfeld, great-grandson of Rabbi Akiva of Frankfurt.

Specifications: [1], 87, [4] leaves. 32 cm. Only edition. Wide margins.

Unique features: The last page bears an inscription written and signed by the author: "I sent this book to ..Kalman Marbach...to study Akiva Lehren S. P." - he signs this way on his responsa at the end of the book. 
Written on the top of the title page: להרב הגאון אב"ד ור"מ בק"ק קובלענץ ואגפיה, this apparently refers to Rabbi Yaakov Katz, author of Shev Yaakov, who was the rabbi of Koblenz before serving in Frankfurt.
The left side of the title page features the owner signature of Itzik Manheim, perhaps the the groom from the famed "Cleves Get"?

Content: The book ends with a sample from his work on Seder Zeraim and responsa. The last responsum is an in-depth study with Rabbi Eliyahu of Lublin, author of Shu"t Yad Eliyahu.

Background: The author studied at the kloiz of Rabbi Asher Lemli, who was his wife's uncle. He started writing this work at the age of twenty. He passed away on the 16th of Iyar, 1731. The "Yizkor" written in the ledger of the Manhem Kloiz notes his death with an enthusiastic description of his personality (Rabbanei Frankfurt, p. 303).

Condition: Very fine.

Category
Inscribed books