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Lot #    21825
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:26:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Yalkut Evanim
Title (Hebrew)    ילקוט אבנים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Elijah of Vilna (Vilna Gaon)
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Nissan Bak
Publication Date    1875
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 30 ff. quarto 190:145 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   First edition of this collection of works by R. Elijah ben Solomon Zalman of Vilna, compiled by R. Zevi Hirsch ben Baruch of Kalisch. On the title page R. Zevi Hirsch describes it as part one, and writes that he has merited and selected from the books of the great gaon and from the manuscripts of his students which have not yet been previously published. The title page is followed by the compiler’s introduction and then the text, set in one column in rabbinic type with accompanying marginal notes.

R. Elijah ben Solomon Zalman of Vilna (Vilna Gaon, 1720-97) is a dominant figure in Jewish intellectual thought, his importance and prestige undiminished, as great today, if not greater, than in his own time. The Vilna Gaon’s extraordinary intelligence, expressed by his expertise in Torah at the age of three, outdistancing his tutors while a young child, his incredible proficiency over the entire expanse of the written and Oral Torah by nine, by which time he was already studying Kabbalah, accompanied by complete piety, are attested to by numerous reputable sources. More than seventy works, encompassing Bible, halakhah, Talmud, Kabbalah, and general sciences are attributed to him.

Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון... שזכיתי ולקטתי מספרי רבינו... אליהו זצלל"ה מווילנה. ומכ"י מתלמידיו... הצאתי [!] לאור... צבי הירש במהור"ר ברוך ז"ל מקאלשין... לפרט כי מציון תצא תורה,

שם המשפחה של המחבר על פי שושנה הלוי, הספרים העבריים שנדפסו בירושלים, עמ' 89. ראינו טופס עם שינויים טיפוגראפיים קלים. הספר נדפס אחר כך גם בשמות "יד אליהו", "קול אליהו" ו"נפלאות אליהו".

   BE yod 588; Vinograd, Ozar Sifrei ha-Gra 162:910; CD-EPI 0159791
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica