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Lot #    13377
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 2:00:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shivhai ha-Ari
Title (Hebrew)    שבחי האר'י
Author    [Kabbalah]
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Israel b. Abraham Bak
Publication Date    1864
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   24 ff., 154:103 mm., light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in modern half vellum and cloth over boards.
   Stories of R. Isaac Luria (Ari Z'l) printed by Israel b. Abraham Bak. Bak (1797–1874) was born in Berdichev, Ukraine, into a family of printers. Later he owned a Jewish press in Berdichev, printing about 30 books between 1815 and 1821 when the press closed down. In 1831, after various unsuccessful efforts to reopen the works, he emigrated to Palestine and settled in Safed. There he renewed the tradition of printing Hebrew works, which had come to an end in the last third of the 17th century. During the peasant revolt against Muhammad Ali in 1834 his printing press was destroyed and he was wounded. Later he reopened his press, and also began to work the land on Mount Yarmak (Meron), overlooking Safed. His was the first Jewish farm in Erez Israel in modern times. After the Safed earthquake in 1837 and the Druze revolt in 1838, during which his farm and printing press were destroyed, he moved to Jerusalem. In 1841 he established the first - and for 22 years, the only - Jewish printing press in Jerusalem. One hundred and thirty books were printed on it, making it an important cultural factor in Jerusalem. Bak also published and edited the second Hebrew newspaper in Erez Israel, Havazzelet (1863). After a short time its publication stopped and was renewed only in 1870 by his son-in-law I. D. Frumkin and others. Israel Bak was a leader of the hasidic community; as a result of his efforts and those of his son Nisan, a central synagogue for the Hasidim, called Tiferet Israel (after R. Israel of Ruzhin), came into being. In Jerusalem it was also known as "Nisan Bak's synagogue." It was destroyed in 1948 during the War of Independence.
Paragraph 2    לפרט ל'זכ'ר' ע'ול'ם' י'ה'י'ה' צ'ד'י'ק'

שני שערים. שמו של המדפיס והתאריך בשער הראשון. שער זה פותח: ספר שבחי האר"י שחבר [!] מהורח"ו זללה"ה. נוסח השער השני על-פי דפוס לבוב תר"י. החיבור בנוסח שלומיל. דף כב, ב-כד: "מכאן ואילך אעתיק [שלושה דברים] מספר עמק המלך [לר' נפתלי הירץ בכרך, אמשטרדם ת"ח] המדברים ג"כ בשבחי האר"י [ונדפסו שם בדף יג, ע"ב-ע"ג; קט, ע"ג; קטז, ע"ג, הפותחים:]... עוד אכתוב מעשה נורא... וידוע... כי נפלה עטרת ראשינו". שורות הפתיחה של האיגרת הראשונה נשמטו והמדפיס שחילק את האיגרת לשני חלקים, הדפיס את החלק השני (בדף ב, ב-ג,ב) לפני החלק הראשון (דף ג,ב- ו,ב) והוסיף בראש שני החלקים תוספת שורות שאינן במקור. הספר פותח: מעשה נורא שאירע... מ. בניהו, שם, מס' 18.

   CD-EPI 0170597; Halevi 103
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
History:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica