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Lot #    13432
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 2:27:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sha’arei Hayyim (Ha-Mikkah ve-ha-Mimkar)
Title (Hebrew)    שערי חיים (המקח והממכר)
Author    Rav Hai ben Sherira Gaon; R. Hananiah Isaac Michae
City    Salonica
Publisher    Joseph Molco
Publication Date    1814
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition of commentary. [1], 132, 135-169, [1] ff., 283:185 mm., wide margins, printed on blue paper, old hands, few scattered wormholes, usual light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
   Detailed and comprehensive commentary on Ha-Mikkah ve-ha-Mimkar of Rav Hai ben Sherira Gaon by R. Hananiah Isaac Michael ben Rafael Abraham Aryeh. Ha-Mikkah ve-ha-Mimkar is the classic work of Rav Hai ben Sherira Gaon on business transactions, laws of torts and securities. Rav Hai Gaon (939–1038), the last and most prominent of the geonim, was head of the Talmudic academy in Pumbedita. It was originally written in Arabic (Kitab al-Shira wa-al-Baye) and was translated into Hebrew by R. Isaac ben Reuben al-Bargeloni (b. 1078), who did so for our brothers in the land of Edom who are not conversant in Arabic. The title page describes R. Hananiah Isaac Michael Aryeh as a Sephardi Tohor. The verso of the title page has an introduction from his son Raphael Rahamim Nissan Aryeh. He relates who relates that the author, who was bringing his work to be printed, reached Constantinople, when he became ill and died. His son then took the text and brought it to Salonika to be published. In the colophon his son relates that hh stopped at sha’ar 25 for the work could not be completed when the author was called to the heqvenly yeshivah. He prays that he will have the merit to complete the work. The text is set in two columns. Ha-Mikkah ve-ha-Mimkar is in square unvocalized Hebrew, the commentary in rabbinic type. At the end of the volume are indexes with an attractive tail-piece at the end. There is an additional index leaf in this edition, unfoliated, that is not noted in the description of the work in the JNUL Bibliographical Project.
Paragraph 2    ... מפר'ש ... על ספר המקח והממכר לגדול ... רבינו האיי גאון [עם הפנים] ... אנא זעירא דמן חברייא מאנשי ירושלם ... חנניה יצחק מיכאל אריה ... אתן שנת מב'ו'א' ש'ע'ר' לפ"ג

מעבר לשער: "הקדמת בן השני של הרב המחבר, אשר יצא עמו מהע"ק ירושלים". חותם: רפאל רחמים ניסים אריה, תקע"ג. בין השאר הוא מספר, כי בהגיעם לקושטא חלה המחבר ונפטר, והוא, הבן, הלך לשאלוניקי להדפיס את הספר. הספר נפסק באמצע שער כה, בתוספת הערה מאת בן המחבר רפאל: "לא הספיק לגמור המלאכה, כי נתבקש בישיבה של מעלה. והקב"ה יזכיני לגמור המלאכה". בטופס שבמוזיאום הבריטי (צדנר, עמ' 278) נוסף [1] דף: "ספר הפרכוס; פירוש רפפות, לרבינו האיי גאון ... שמצא ... זקני הרב רבי יעקב אריה כשהלך בשליחות מצוה בשנת הת ל"ט לבבל ... מכ"י של הגאון ... והעתיקם אות באות".

   Vin Salonika 617; CD-EPI 0129999
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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