Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
Sold for $ 3,660
Including buyer's premium

Two volumes of novellae on tracate Gittin, handwritten by a disciple of the Chatam Sofer's while he studied in the Pressburg yeshivah.

These are independent novellae of the writer's, and not notes from the Chatam Sofer's lectures. However, he quotes his great teacher in a few places. (For examples, refer to: Notepad 1 leaf 30a 'נ"ל ליישב מה שדקדק אדמ"ו נ"י'., Notepad 2 leaf 30b 'דהנה אדמ"ו הגאון נ"י אמר', Notepad 2 leaf 34b 'הנה אדמ"ו הגנ"י הביא בשם הב"ח'.)

The last pagination of the second compilation includes a large compilation on the topic of "Harheinu" in Tracate Pesachim. Leaves 47-48 of notepad 1 include:"What Hash-m has graciously given me, on the day that we mourn the home of our L-rd, on the 9th of Av, that fell out on Shabbat, regarding the laws of mourning ... I recorded my thoughts on Monday - the 11th of Menachem Av, 1836."

Hard-to-read calligraphic owner signature at the beginning of the first notepad: לי אני..הצעיר והק' אליהו....לע"ע [לעת עתה] פ"ק פ"ב [פה קהלת פרשבורג] נגהי ליום ב' ער"ח אלול תקצ"ה (?). [Me ... the young and small Eliyahu ... presently in Pressburg ... on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Elul 1835]. The same page bears a poem with acrostics that spell out the name: Eliyahu son of David. Another one of his signatures appears on notepad 1, leaf 48a.
We currently have no information regarding the writer's identity. No mention of a disciple named Eliyahu son of David is mentioned in Rabbi Kinstlicher's book.
Two large notepads: 21x25 cm. Notepad 1: [75] leaves. Notepad 2: 35, [1], 16 leaves (altogether 254 pages). To the best of our knowledge, this work has never been printed. Overall fine condition.

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