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Lot #    16964
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:41:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Yad Haruzim
Title (Hebrew)    יד חרוזים
Author    Gershom ben Moses Hefez (Gentili)
City    Venice
Publisher    Vendramin
Publication Date    1740
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second edition, revised with notes. [1], 71 ff., octavo, 169:115 mm., light age and damp staining, old hands, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Hebrew rhyme-lexicon by R. Gershom ben Moses Hefez (Gentili). The first paragraph of the title page informs, in rhymed sentences, the subject matter of the book. The final paragraph notes that this edition was brought to press by Meir da Zara, who added considerable material omitted from the first edition and that the editor was Simhah Calimani. There is an introduction from Gershom in which he discusses the 12 rules for Hebrew usage in poetry and rhyme scheme. The text of Yad Haruzim, in two columns, is comprised of examples organized by letter and vowels.

R. Gershom ben Moses Hefez (Gentili, 1683–1700) died an untimely death at the age of 17. At the time of his death Gershom was already recognized as a scholar of considerable accomplishment and his work was widely praised. Yad Haruzim was published by his father, R. Moses ben Gershom (1663–1711), who was a pupil of R. Solomon ben Isaac Nizza and the author of Hanukkat ha-Bayit (Venice, 1696) and Melekhet Mahashevet (Venice, 1710).

Paragraph 2    ... ועתה הביאו לדפוס שנית כמה"ר מאיר דא זארא, ונתוספו בו דברים רבים שנשמטו בחרוזים ממעלת המחבר ז"ל ומקום הניח להתגדר בו למעלת המגיה... שמחה קאלימאני ...

ר' שמחה קאלימאני ערך את החיבור ושילב בו השלמות משלו.

   EJ; Ghirondi Neppi p. 70; CD-EPI 0138362
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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