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Lot #    15341
Auction End Date    7/18/2006 1:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Avot ha-Rosh, Part II (Avot de-Rabbi Natan)
Title (Hebrew)    אבות הראש, חלק ב' (אבות דרבי נתן)
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Rahamim Nissim Isaac Palache
City    Izmir (Smyrna)
Publisher    Isaac Samuel di Shegura
Publication Date    1864-65
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. Part II of III. [2], 112 ff., 305:204 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, small tear in title margin, old hands and stamps on title and fly. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather and marbled paper boards, rubbed and taped.
   Commentary to Avot de-Rabbi Natan by R. Rahamim Nissim Isaac b. Hayyim Palache (1814-1907). A comprehensive halakhic work begun in 1872 by a leading Sephardic rabbinic figure, scion of the famed Palache family. Like his father, R. Hayyim, and elder brother, R. Abraham, R. Rahamim Nissim Isaac was a prolific writer and erudite Talmudic scholar. Dozens of his works have been printed in all areas of Rabbinics and halakha.

Avot de-Rabbi Natan (The Fathers according to Rabbi Nathan), one of the so-called extra-canonical minor tractates of the Talmud, generally printed at the end of the fourth division Nezikin, of the Babylonian Talmud. Avot de-Rabbi Nathan is clearly a commentary, that is, a kind of Talmud on treatise Avot. To be precise, in its 41 chapters, Avot de-Rabbi Nathan is a commentary on an early form of the Mishnah Avot, before that treatise was finally edited by R. Judah ha-Nasi and his successors. It is even possible that Avot de-Rabbi Nathan is so called, because it was organized as a commentary on a recension of Avot prepared by the Babylonian R. Nathan who was an older contemporary of R. Judah ha-Nasi. The Avot underlying Avot de-Rabbi Nathan, for example, preserves the original order of the statements from the Men of the Great Assembly down through the leading disciples of Rabbi Johanan b. Zakkai (in existing Avot editions that order has been interrupted by interpolations which constitute the block of sayings between 1:16 through 2:7); the original form of certain ancient sayings is still to be discerned in Avot de-Rabbi Nathan (for example, compare Avot 1:5 as it reads in the Mishnah, with Avot de-Rabbi Nathan, chapter 7); on occasion the reading in Avot de-Rabbi Nathan makes intelligible a difficulty in the received Avot text (compare, for example, the statement attributed to R. Eliezer in Avot 2:10 with the Avot de-Rabbi Nathan reading in chapter 15).

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ח[לק] ב: שיטה מריש'א לסיפא. על מסכת אבות דר' נתן [פרק א-מא, בלא הפנים]. אזמיר, דפוס יצחק שמואל די שיגורה וחבריו, תרכ"ד-תרכ"ה. [2], קיב דף. ר2. ח[לק] ב: בשער: ותהי ראשית מלאכתו ביום טו באב שנת והיה באחרית הימים נ'כ'ו'ן' יהיה הר בית ה' ב'ר'א'ש' ההרים [לפ"ג, תרכ"ד]. ח[לק] ב:קולופון: ותשלם כל המלאכה בחדש סיון... שנת ו'א'ח'ר'י'ת' שלום [תרכ"ה]. ח[לק] ב:דף עג,ב-פב: תקונים והשמטות, גם לחלק א.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Other:    Avot
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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