Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 8,000
Estimate $ 10,000 - $ 12,000
Sold for $ 9,760
Including buyer's premium

Shnei Luchot HaBrit, pure sayings more precious than pearls ... composition on the Oral and Written Torah, arranged and organized ... by ... the complete G-dly sage ... Rabbeinu Yeshayah HaLevi Horowitz. Amsterdam, Immanuel Benveniste Press, [1648-1649]. First edition.

[3], 2-421, [1]; 44 leaves, 29.5 cm. Special title page for Vavei HaAmudim.

First edition of the book renowned in the entire Jewish diaspora throughout the generations. Per the name of this work, its author, Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz, became known as the "Shelah HaKadosh."

This is one of the most fundamental works of mussar and kabbalah, and includes novellae in both revealed and hidden Torah and proper conduct. It is one of the few books esteemed and studied by all the various Torah factions.

This edition includes the Vavei HaAmudim by Rabbi Sheftel, son of the author of Shela"h, who out of his great respect for his father, referred to his own work as an "introduction."

The title page bears the handwritten signature of Rabbi Yehoshua Falk Suditz Bichler [1793-1839] one of the most senior disciples of the Chatam Sofer and the rabbi of Setchin. On leaf [2] rabbinical owner's signature. Handwritten comment on leaf 36.

Fine condition. Aging stains. The margins of several leaves have been restored with no damage to text. New, impressive leather binding with clasps.