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January 21, 2019
Opening $ 100
Estimate $ 150 - $ 200

VaShev HaKohen. The crowns on Hebrew letters and the wisdom of combining them, by Rabbi Avraham HaKohen of Lask [Poland]. Leghorn, [1788]. First edition.

Kabbalistic illustrations and charts. Leaf 16 bears a handwritten kabbalistic gloss. Interesting example of a work by an Ashkenazic sage printed in a Sephardic community, with enthusiastic approbations from prominent Sephardic rabbis.

The author, kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Katz [d. c. 1800] was born in Lask, Poland. He then moved to Furth and then to Italy. In 1770 he immigrated to Jerusalem, and in 1780 he left on a fundraising mission to Ashkenaz, and then to Tunis and to Leghorn, where he printed this work. He returned to Jerusalem and was killed there in sanctification of G-d's name by the Turkish government c. 1800. Refer to: Avraham Yaari, Shluchei Eretz Yisrael, Jerusalem, 1951, p. 553-556.

18, 32 leaves. 20 cm. Moderate-fine condition. Old cardboard binding. Sequential worming blemishes in the margins of some leaves, without affecting text.