Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $1,400
Estimate $1,600 - $2,000
Sold for $1,708
Including buyer's premium

Sefat Emet V'Lashon Zehorit. Work opposing amulets with suspicious connection to the Sabbateans written by Rabbi Yehonatan Eibshitz, authored by Rabbi Yaakov Emden. 

Specifications: [24] leaves, 20 cm. Sketches. First edition. Incomplete copy.

Backgound:  Especially resolute work written by Rabbi Yaakov Emden against Rabbi Yehonatan Eibshitz. Includes copies of amulets attributed to Rabbi Eibshitz, and Rabbi Yaakov Emden's proofs that they were written according to Sabbatean beliefs. The second section features letters from rabbis opposing Rabbi Yehonatan Eibshitz. The Luchat HaEidut [Altona, 1756] was printed to refute this work and justify Rabbi Eibshitz, with his preface.
This work was at the center of a stormy controversy and many copies were destroyed. Many of the surviving copies are incomplete. Most complete copies have 34 leaves, but there are a few known copies with 4 additional leaves.
This copy has 24 leaves. Details of the missing leaves will be provided upon request.

Condition: Fine. Minimal aging stains and worming holes. New half-leather and marbleized paper binding.

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