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Lot #    19539
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 10:46:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pardes Rimmonim
Title (Hebrew)    פרדס רמונים
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Moses Cordovero
City    Korzec (Korets)
Publisher    Zvi Hirsch b. Arye Loeb
Publication Date    1780
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [4], 186 ff., 322:188 mm., light age staining, wide margins, stamp on title, some worming. A good copy bound in loose in later boards, split.
Paragraph 1    Title page in a beautiful architectural border. Includes many Kabbalistic diagrams and charts. One of the first books published in Korzec.
   Elucidation of all the tenets of the Kabbalah, such as the doctrines of the sefirot, emanation, the divine names, the import and significance of the alphabet, etc.

R. Moses b. Jacob Cordovero (1522–1570), the outstanding kabbalist in Safed before R. Isaac Luria. His birthplace is unknown, but his name testifies to the family's Spanish origins. He was a disciple of R. Joseph Caro and of R. Solomon Alkabez, and a teacher of R. Isaac Luria. His first large systematic work is Pardes Rimmonim, which R. Cordovero completed by the age of 27. Ten years later he finished his second systematic book, the Elimah Rabbati, and also wrote a lengthy commentary on all the parts of the Zohar which has been preserved in manuscript in Modena.

The doctrine of R. Cordovero is a summary and a development of the different trends in Kabbalah up to his time, and his whole work is a major attempt to synthesize and to construct a speculative kabbalistic system. This is done especially in his theology, which is based on the Zohar, and in particular on Tikkunei Zohar and Ra'aya Meheimna. Since R. Cordovero considered these texts to be by one and the same author, he felt constrained to harmonize their different and at times even opposing conceptions.

Paragraph 2    אשר נטע ושתל... ר' משה קורדואירו... נדפס ע"י... שלמה זלמן בן... מיכל כץ וגיסו... אליעזר ליברמן במו' ישראל, חתני... מו' שמעון אשכנזי.

נשלם בדפוס בפרשת תרומה תקמ"א. בסוף דברי מסדרי האותיות ישכר בער בן מנחם הלוי ודוב בער בן שלמה, ושמות פועלי הדפוס.

   Vinograd, Korzec 6; CD-EPI 0303117; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica