Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $300
Estimate $500 - $800
Sold for $512
Including buyer's premium

Sefer Yetzirah with Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna's commentary (in addition to five commentaries by: Ra"avad; Ramba"n; Rabbi Saadya Gaon; Rabbi Eliezer of Worms, the Ba'al HaRokeach; and Rabbi Moshe Butril). The book features kabbalistic charts and sketches. This edition was the first one published with the Peirush HaGR"A and is the first published kabbalistic work by the GR"A. It was printed by his disciple, kabbalist Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Sklow. At the press of Yechzkel son of Moshe, Grodno, [1806].

There are approximately 13 kabbalistic glosses in the margins of the leaves, primarily regarding the holy names and letter combinations - as known, change to one of these letters prevents a successful outcome. That is why kabbalists state that today we are not as successful in using the Sefer Yetzirah to perform such actions as they were in the past.

12 [2], 42, [30] leaves (mispaginated). 20 cm. Moderate condition. Aging stains. Worming holes. Loss to the bottom blank margins of the last six pages, with minimal blemish to text. New binding.

The Vilna Gaon and his Disciples