Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $200
Estimate $300 - $400
Sold for $819
Including buyer's premium

Letter to Montefiore from Shi"r, on the endpaper of Michtavei Ivrit. Prague, [1863].

The endpaper bears a letter from Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah Rapaport to Moses Montefiore. [1] leaf, paper. On the endpaper it says, "To the Exalted Minister, Great for the Jews, whose Reputation Reaches Distant Nations, Desired by all his Brethren ... a Righteous Person and who with his Righteousness, ... Moses known as the Honorary Baron Montefiore ..."

On the inside of the binding there is an inscription, apparently written to Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah Rapaport, "The Great Genius ... may you continue to stand by the breach and fortify ... and fight the battle of Torah and Faith ..."

Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah Rapaport (Shi"r, 1790-1867) was the son-in-law of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Heller, author of the Ketzot HaChoshen. In 1838, he served as rabbi of Tarnopol, and beginning in 1840 as Av Beit Din in Prague. He later served as rabbi of Prague and often debated and had polemics with colleagues. His studies and essays were the foundations for the modern, scientific, systematic study of Jewish wisdom.

Michtavei Ivrit, edited by Dr. Meir HaLevi Letteris, editor of HaTzefirah, Vienna, 1856. 16, 296 pages. Paper. 18 cm.

Fine condition, minimal stains. Original binding.

Sir Moses Montefiore