Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $1,000
Estimate $4,000 - $6,000
Sold for $4,392
Including buyer's premium

This is a very rare copy of a section of the Biur and the Likutim written by the GR"A as a supplement to his Biur on the Shulchan Aruch. Refer to Torat HaGR"A p. 492. The manuscript was in Rabbi Eliyahu Landau of Jerusalem's collection. He was a fifth generation descendant of the GR"A's, who opened an institute in the GR"A's name in order to publish all the GR"A's writings. He collected a lot of manuscripts and pasted notes on each one of them with a catalog number and description. This manuscript, numbered 26, is titled "Volume of Likutim on the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim from the GR"A ..."

The manuscript includes 101 leaves, 16.5 cm.

The manuscript was written by a number of writers, late 18th-early 19th century. It was apparently copied from the manuscript of the GR"A himself. The manuscript was later paginated sequentially from leaf 1 through 100.

The manuscript includes:

Leaf 1-33 (script 1): Likutim on Orach Chaim, siman 1 - siman 261, with light variations from the printed version. On occasion these variations are significant - refer to Rabbi Avraham Kosman's article in Yeshurun, volume 4, p. 78-100.

Leaf 34: blank.

Leaf 35 -42 (script 2): Elucidation on Yoreh Deah, from siman 1 through mid-siman 20. Without the Likutim, just the Biur itself. Slight variations from the printed version and a few mistakes that were corrected in the print version.

Leaf 43-52 (script 3): The Biur on Even HaEzer from siman 138 through mid-147. This follows the printed version, though it is missing some passages.

Leaf 53-100 [an additional leaf, marked 108] (script 4): Likutim on Choshen Mishpat, apparently missing the middle and end.
This manuscript was not seen by the printers. It was only in the last edition published by Morashah L'Hanchil that some of the Likutim of the Biur HaGR"A were revised according to this manuscript.

Manuscripts of the Biur and Likutim of the GR"A are very rare. There are only solitary sections that are known. Refer to Torat HaGR"A for the list of known manuscripts, 520-522. (Some of this manuscript is not listed, as it was not seen by the author.) Fine condition. Aging stains. Worn binding.

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