Winner's Auctions No. 111

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

December 11, 2018
Opening $ 400
Estimate $ 600 - $ 800
Sold for $ 625
Including buyer's premium

Tractate Eiruvin with commentary, Tosfot, Piskei Tosfot, Rabbeinu Asher, Piskei HaRo"sh and Peirush HaMishnayot MeHaRambam. Nowydwor, Krieger press. [1786]. Especially rare.

At the time, the printer Krieger in Nowydwor received license to print Hebrew books. He started with a plan to print the entire Babylonian Talmud. Using three buildings in the city, he started printing in 1782. However, for various reasons, his great plan never came to fruition, and only a few tractates were printed. It is known that he printed Tractates Berachot, Zeraim and Shabbat - and this is his Tractate Eiruvin. A few years later, he printed Tractate Rosh Hashanah and possibly also Bava Metzia.

Friedberg, in Toldot HaDefus HaIvri B'Polania (p. 76-77), writes in length about the development of this printing and mentions that Tractate Eiruvin was also printed. Later bibliographers only knew about this tractate from Friedberg, and copied the information from his book, though they never saw it themselves due to its rarity. Similarly, Haberman, in his comments on the Maamar al Hadpasat HaTalmud, writes that this tractate appears in Friedberg's entry, but he never saw it.

Especially rare tractate. Not listed by the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and not found in the National Library. Documentary material about this tractate is included with his lot.

130 leaves, 35 cm. The endpapers bear owner signatures and notations. Fine condition, aging stains, minimal light tears in the margins of a few leaves. Old cardboard binding.