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Lot #    13482
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:24:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Ein Yisrael (Ein Yaakov)
Title (Hebrew)    ( )
Author    R. Jacob b. Solomon ibn Habib
City    Venice
Publisher    Bragadin
Publication Date    1776
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Two volumes, 420; 427 ff., 172:113 mm., nice margins, light age and damp staining. A very good set bound in modern cloth over boards, matching slipcase.
          
Detailed
Description
   Ein Yaakov printed under the title Ein Yisrael. Ein Yaakov is the classic collection of aggadah in the Talmud compiled by R. Jacob ben Solomon ibn Habib (c. 1445-c.1515). Ein Yaakov was among the titles proscribed and burned together with the Talmud after the popes bull of August, 1553, and subsequently placed on the Index librorum prohibitorum. The Council of Trent, which permitted the publication of the Talmud in 1564, and certain other works as well, did so by imposing onerous conditions, primarily concerning the expurgation of passages inimical to Christianity, and the substitution of acceptable terms for objectionable ones. Among the other conditions imposed was the prohibition of Hebrew books under their original names. The Talmud, for example, could not be reprinted as such, but could be reissued only if that name were omitted, it now being called shas, and Ein Yaakov only as Ein Yisrael. Graetz, commenting on this situation, writes, Strange, indeed, that the pope should have allowed the thing, and forbidden its name! He was afraid of public opinion, which would have considered the contradiction too great between one pope, who had sought out and burnt the Talmud, and the next, who was allowing it to go untouched.

Ein Yaakov continued to be published under the name Ein Yisrael in places where Hebrew printing was not restricted by the Inquisition. While many of these imprints may be so named simply because they are copies of earlier editions named Ein Yisrael, those printed in other places, such as this Frankfort a. Main edition, were named Ein Yisrael so that the work might be exported to Italy. Ein Ya'akov remained on the Index librorum prohibitorum until the very end, appearing on the last edition of the Index, issued in 1948.

          
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Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0106107
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Italy:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Talmud
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica