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Lot #    13459
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Aggadat Shemu'el
Title (Hebrew)    אגדת שמואל
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Samuel Aripul
City    Venice
Publisher    Jaun D'Gara
Publication Date    1576
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Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 12, [1 marked 14] ff., 186:137 mm., usual light age staining, old hand on several ff. A very good copy of a rare volume bound in modern full leather over boards.
Paragraph 1    Earliest Hebrew book-prospectus to survive.
   R. Samuel b. Isaac Aripul (1540?–after 1586), rabbinic scholar and preacher; probably born in Salonika. Although he was one of the greatest preachers in the 16th century, little is known about his life. From 1569 to 1571 he was seriously ill, and on his recovery wrote his book Mizmor le-Todah ("A Psalm of Thanksgiving"). Some time after 1571 he was in Constantinople. In 1576 he was in Venice where he undertook the publication of his works. It appears that he later settled in Safed for in the introduction to his Ne'im Zemirot he is referred to as "from the city of Safed." His books are rabbinical and philosophical commentaries on the Bible which emphasize its ethical message. He treats at length the problem of the redemption of Israel and quotes from the Zohar. At the beginning and end of each book he wrote poems on its contents. He printed the contents of his five books as a pamphlet, Aggadat Shemu'el, which seems to be the earliest Hebrew book-prospectus to survive. This work contains panegyrics by two scholars of Salonika, where he evidently spent part of his adult life. Aripul previously had published Zevah Todah (Constantinople, 1572), a homiletical exposition of Psalm 119 (also included as an introduction to his Mizmor le-Todah). His published books are: Mizmor le-Todah (Venice, 1576), on Psalms 112–34, the last section (on Psalms 120–34) being republished under the title Ne'im Zemirot (Cracow, 1576); Sar Shalom (Safed, 1579) on the Song of Songs; and Lev Hakham (Constantinople, 1586) on Ecclesiastes. His Imrat Eloha on the Pentateuch (mentioned in Sar Shalom), and his Va'ad la-Hakhamim on the liturgy (mentioned in Lev Hakham p. 44b) have not been published.
Paragraph 2    חברו החכם... כמה"ר שמואל אריפול נר"ו ועשאו כמו מבוא ופתח תקוה ליתר חבוריו וספריו... אשר אמר שמואל לדרוש ולתור תואר לחכמה ויאמר להביא בזה הספר מלא קומצו מלא כף נחת. אז בנה את המלוא בנין אב לכולם וכוללות כונתם בפרקי זה הספר דריש סמוכין. יבאר בכל פרק כיצד מהלכין...

מעבר לשער: נענה החכם השלם כמה"ר מנחם פולסטרו נר"ו וזה דברו... [הקדמה מחורזת. בסופה שיר, פותח:] מלכא רופילא ופלפלא, חריף כבן עזאי בטבריה. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ג, עמ' 147, מס' 1685. אחריו: נענה החכם הנעלה כמה"ר יעקב טרפון נר"ו ויהי שירו: יאו לב להודות, לגובר חמודות, בקול שיר ותודות, צבי ישראל. שם, ב, עמ' 258, מס' 15. בסוף "הקדמת הספר" (דף ג, א) שיר מאת המחבר. פותח: שר שלום שוכן שמים, שמעה שיח שי שחרתיו. שם, ג, עמ' 510, מס' 2177.

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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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