Winner's Auctions No. 111

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

December 11, 2018
Opening $400
Estimate $800 - $1,000
Sold for $967
Including buyer's premium

Tractate Niddah and mishnayot Taharot. Frankfurt am Main, 1720. Copy belonging to the author of Shev Yaakov, Av Beit Din of Frankfurt. With his son, Rabbi Zeev Wolf's, and grandson's, Rabbi Shmuel's signatures. Handwritten glosses.

The top of the title page bears the handwritten inscription: 'Belonging to the great and wonderful gaon, Rabbi Yaakov Katz, Av Beit Din and lecturer in Frankfurt ..." Additional inscriptions on the title page refer to his son's possession: "Belonging to ... the wondrous Torah scholar ... Rabbi Zeev Wolf Katz," as well as his grandson's: "Belonging to ... Rabbi Shmuel Cohen son of Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Katz."
Handwritten glosses on leaves 5, 7, perhaps in the Shev Yaakov's handwriting?

Rabbi Yaakov HaCohen Paprush was born in Prague in 1670. From a young age he was known as an expert adjudicator, and was appointed rabbi of Koblenz. In 1718 he arrived to Frankfurt, and was appointed by the Maharshashach to head the senior yeshivah in the city, and to serve as Av Beit Din in place of Rabbi Avraham Brody. The yeshivah was one of the most important in the period and was attended by approximately 400 students, many of whom later served as rabbis and adjudicators. He passed away in 1742, and his successor was the author of Pnei Yehoshua. He was famous for his book, Shu"t Shev Yaakov, which was cited by many of the Later Authorities.
His son Rabbi Zeev Wolf Paprush was an adjudicator in Frankfurt, then rabbi of Friedberg, and passed away in 1758. Rabbi Zeev Wolf's son, Rabbi Shmuel, was a adjudicator in Posen and Av Beit Din of Friedberg.

88, 178 leaves. 32 cm. Moderate condition. Damage to first leaves. Dismantled old leather binding.

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