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Lot #    21798
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Hazah Ziyyon
Title (Hebrew)    חזה ציון
Author    [First Ed. - Psalms]R. Raphael Immanuel Hai Ricchi
City    Livorno (Leghorn)
Publisher    Abraham Meldelo
Publication Date    1742-43
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 138, [2] ff., 308:210 mm., usual light damp and age staining, nice margins, final with loss completed by ms. A good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper boards, rubbed, spine split.
          
Detailed
Description
   Psalms with kabbalah oriented commentary by R. Raphael Immanuel b. Abraham Hai Ricchi (1688–1743), Italian rabbi, kabbalist, and poet. Ricchi was born in Ferrara, but when he was two years old his family moved to Rovigo. When he was six his father died and his mother's brother, Jedidiah Rabbino, undertook to provide for the family and the education of the children. On Rabbino's death his son took charge of the family and married Ricchi's sister. At the age of 20 Ricchi began to travel around various Italian cities, making his living as a teacher.

Although his great wish was to study Kabbalah with R. Benjamin b. Eliezer ha-Kohen Vitale of Reggio, he had to abandon his aim for economic reasons. In 1717 he was ordained rabbi in Trieste by R. Hillel Ashkenazi of Canea. Emigrating to Erez Israel in 1718, he settled in Safed, where he devoted himself to the study of Lurianic Kabbalah. In Safed he was ordained rabbi by R. Hayyim Abulafia, the rabbi of Safed. Because of a plague that ravaged the country, in which his daughter died, Ricchi left Erez Israel after two years. On his way back to Italy, his ship was captured and taken to Tripoli, but he was released after 40 days. He settled in Leghorn, but later journeyed to Smyrna, Salonika, Constantinople, and London. He spent two years in Aleppo and in 1737 he arrived in Jerusalem, where he stayed for three years. In 1741 he returned to Leghorn to settle business matters connected with his books. While on one of his trips he was murdered by robbers.

          
Paragraph 2    ... והוא פירוש פרד"ס על כל תיבה ותיבה של התהלים [עם הפנים] בדקדוק (על כל קרי וכתיב)... ובכמה ר"ת וס"ת [ראשי תיבות וסופי תיבות] (ונוטריקון)... אשר פעל ועשה... ר' רפאל עמנואל חי ריקי יצ"ו (זצוק"ל). והוגה... ע"י... ה"ה משה בן... ר' רפאל מילדולה יצ"ו.

בשער: בשנת ותנשא מ'ל'כ'ו'ת'ו' [תק"ב]. קולופון (דף קלח, ב): תם ונשלם... היום ר"ח אייר... שנת התק"ג ליצירה. דף ב-ג,א: הקדמת המחבר. מספר גם על תולדותיו, נדודיו וספריו, זמני חיבורם ותוכנם. [2] דף בסוף: דברי בן המחבר, אברהם שמואל ריקי. מספר על מותו של אביו בידי שודדים "ביציאתו ממודינא... לעבור דרך בולוניא לחזור ולשכון... בארצנו"; קינה על הרב המחבר זצוק"ל, מאת ר' שלמה יוסף בכמ"ר נתן קרפי זלה"ה. פותחת: מה קול המולה זאת אשר שמעתי. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ג, עמ' 96, מס' 595; חתימת המגיה.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; CD-EPI 0304651
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Italy:    Checked
  
Subject
Bible:    Checked
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
Other:    Psalms
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica