Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $600
Estimate $800 - $1,000
Sold for $1,340
Including buyer's premium

First edition of Teshuvot Rabbi Akiva Eiger. First book, including Part I of Psakim, Part I of Ktavim, and two sermons from Drush Ve'Chiddush. Psakim contains several notes written during the era, in unidentified handwriting.

The book was printed during the author's lifetime. It was edited by his sons, Rabbi Shlomo and Rabbi Avraham, who pleaded with him to print his responsa, but he himself punctiliously proofread the entire book and compiled errata at the end. In the foreword to the book, his sons included letters from Rabbi Akiva Eiger containing detailed instructions regarding the book's printing. Among the instructions he requested that the book be printed "on attractive paper, with black ink, and handsome lettering; because in my opinion the soul is impressed, the mind is at ease, and the intention is awakened from studying from an appealing and elegant book." In addition, Rabbi Akiva Eiger asked that his book be printed on special leaves, and indeed, pages watermarked "EIGER" were ordered at his request, and the book was printed in the most exquisite manner.

[1] 222 leaves, 34 cm, two title pages.

Part I of Psakim is in moderate condition. Moisture damage and worming holes in first 30 leaves. New, gilt-embossed binding.

Part I of Ktavim is in fine condition. Few aging stains. Detached binding, and spine split in two.