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Lot #    24556
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 10:08:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Avot with commentary Levanon
Title (Hebrew)    מסכת אבות עם פירוש יין לבנון
Author    [First Ed. - Haskalah] Naphtali Herz Wessely
City    Berlin
Publication Date    1775
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [6], 150, [2] ff., 334:200 mm., crisp wide margins, usual light age staining, old hand on title, fly and several ff. A very good copy bound in modern half vellum and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Tractate Avot with commentary by Naphtali Herz Wessely (Hartwig; 1725–1805), important member of the German Haskalah. Many of the approbations were retracted after publication or forged outright. Wessely's ancestors had fled Poland during the Chmielnicki pogroms and settled in Wesel on the Rhine from where the family took its name. Born in Hamburg, Wessely spent his childhood in Copenhagen where his father was a purveyor to the king of Denmark. He received his religious education at the yeshivah of Jonathan Eybeschuetz, who influenced him greatly, and read literature and scientific works in a number of European languages, Associated with the Feitel Bank, Wessely's business affairs took him to Amsterdam and Berlin. In Berlin he met Moses Mendelssohn and contributed a commentary on Leviticus (Berlin, 1782) to the Biur.
Paragraph 2    שנת כבוד הלבנון נ'ת'ן' ל'ה'

דף [3,א - 4,א]: הסכמות ר' שאול, אב"ד ור"מ דק"ק אשכנזים אשר באמשטרדם; ר' שלמה שלם, אב"ד ור"מ דק"ק ספרדים אשר באמשטרדם, ט סיון תקל"א; ר' יחזקאל לוי לנדא, פראג, ח מנחם-אב תקל"א; ר' דוד טעבל מבראד, ליסא, אסרו חג שבועות תקל"ד, ועמו חתומים חברי בית הדין: ר' שלמה זלמן, ר' חיים, ר' ארי' ליב ב"ר משה מוואלש, ר' דוד טעבלא בר"מ מגרידץ ור' צבי הירש ב"ר י"ל, ש"ב [שאר בשרו] של הרב המחבר.

   Waxman III pp. 107-19; CD-EPI 0151182; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica