Winner's Auctions No. 111

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

December 11, 2018
Opening $300
Estimate $500 - $1,000
Sold for $744
Including buyer's premium

Handwritten copy of the kabbalistic work Tuv Haaretz by kabbalist Rabbi Natan son of Reuven David Tevel Shapira. In his introduction, the author writes that his words are based on the Ari's kabbalah and that of his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. He also based his words on the Torah of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero and of Rabbi Avraham Azoulay. 18th century.

About [140] pages, ink on paper. 16.5x10. Missing the beginning and end. Ashkenazic hand with erasures, corrections and marginal notes in a number of places.
Accompanied by [2] leaves, paper, in a different hand, from the Megaleh Amukot by Natan Nota son of Shlomo Shapiro.

The author, Rabbi Natan Shapiro of Jerusalem (also known by the title given to him by the Chid"a - "HaRav HaNasi" an abbreviation of his name הרב נתן שפירא ישמרהו א-לוהים), was a erudite kabbalist and emissary. He was sent by the Ashkenazic community in Jerusalem to Italy, Holland and Germany. It is related that he received a "Heter Meah Rabbanim" in Jerusalem to marry two wives, and he lived with both of them in Jerusalem. When he was in Venice in 1665, he published his Tuv Ha'aretz, a kabbalistic work whose first section discusses the virtues of the Land of Israel; the second section explains the mishnah about the 10 sanctities in tractate Keilim (1,6) in a kabbalisitc manner; and the third section explains Tikkun Chatzot. He passed away in Italy in [1667].

Moderate-fine condition. Partially dismantled spine, some detached leaves, stains, tears with loss in a number of leaves, minimal worming holes. Without binding.

Kabbalistic Manuscripts