Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 500
Estimate $ 600 - $ 800

Tractate Avot with the commentary of Rashi and the commentary of HaGaon Rabbi Eliyahu HaChassid of Vilna [the Vilna Gaon], with "Masechtot Ketanot" as per the version of the Vilna Gaon.

Specifications: 82 leaves, 21 cm. First edition. Vinograd, Sifrei HaGRA 318.

Background: First edition of the Peirush HaGRA, printed by the Vilna Gaon's two sons and noted disciple, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Sklow. The text of the Masechtot Ketanot was taken from the copy that the Vilna Gaon studied and revised, according to his disciple Rabbi Saadya who studied these tractates with him. At the start of the work there is a prominent preface from Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Sklow, regarding the greatness of the Vilna Gaon. It also includes quotes regarding secular subjects and Aristotle.

Unique features: Handwritten glosses. Stamp of the Beit Medrash of Rabbi Binyamin of Sklow.

Condition: Fine. Professionally restored title page with loss of text. Aging stains. Minimal worming holes. New binding. 

Books By The Vilna Gaon & His Disciples