Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $3,500
Estimate $3,800 - $4,200
Sold for $4,636
Including buyer's premium

Holy work on the oral and written Torah, Mussar, halachot, and behaviors according to kabbala, by Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz, Av Beit Din of Dubno, Ostrog, Posen, and Prague, buried in Eretz Yisrael.

Specifications: [4], 422: 44, [12] leaves. 28 cm.

Content: Second edition, the index, "tavla shel shayish" was added to this edition.

Unique features: Two title pages. The first is an elegant copperplate engraving, made by Avraham bar Yaakov Hager, who illustrated the famed Amsterdam Haggada.

Background: The Chassidim maintain that the elegant printing of this kabbalistic work of the Shl"a during this year [in Hebrew letters "Nachat" נח"ת], created "Nachat Ruach" [pleasure] in the upper and lower spheres. They connected the printing of this work with the birth of the Baal Shem Tov this same year.
The "Raya"tz" wrote in his letters: "In the year Nacha"t, it was printed again with great elegance, and the revelation of this holy book generated a pleased spirit above, and in this year, the light of Israel was born, the Baal Shem Tov. And it is known that the Baal Shem Tov was born the same year that the Shl"a was printed, to enlighten the world with the light of Torah and yiras Shamayim in the service of the heart. The disciples of the Baal Shem Tov said that his merit is great, in that it was printed so beautifully and accepted amongst the entire diaspora, and merited to be printed the same year that the Baal Shem Tov was born." In addition, refer to Keter Shem Tov Shlemot, Kehat edition, 2004, p. 420. 

Condition: Very fine. The first and last leaves have solitary worming holes. Minimal aging stains. Narrow upper margins. New binding.