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Lot #    24603
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 10:32:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Aliyot Eliyahu
Title (Hebrew)    עליות אליהו
Author    R. Joshua Heschel ben Elia Zeev ha-Levi
City    Stetin
Publisher    Joseph Romm
Publication Date    1856
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second edition. [2], 120 pp. octavo 224:135 mm., nice margins, light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed.
   Important biographical work on the life and renowned Gaon of Vilna, R. Elijah ben Solomon Zalman (gr”a, 1720-97) by R. Joshuah Heschel ben Elia Zeev ha-Levi Lewin. There are two title pages, the first describing the work as the biography of a great man, a gaon among genim, holy of the holiest, most choice of all Rabbenu Eliyahu, an angel of the Lord, a wonder and sign in Israel. The title page informs that it is being printed in a corrected and enhanced edition and that it was brought to press by R. Mordecai ben Judah ha-Kohen. The second title page is a reproduction of the prior first edition, printed in the same year as this edition. There is an introduction from R. Mordecai and approbations from R. David Luria, R. Joshua Heschel, R. Jacob Zevi Meklenborg, and R. Abraham Simhah Berlin, and an explanation of the words of the Gr”a by R. Samuel Streshen. The text is comprised of the body of the work in square letters at the top of the page and below, detailed glosses in a rabbinic font. Included (p. 93) is an announcement from the Vilna rabbinate warning people not to believe people who claim to speak in the name of the Gr”a as well as a public call by the dayyanim of Vilna for anyone who possesses manuscripts from the Gaon to make that fact known to R. Joshua Heschel.
Paragraph 2    תולדות... אליהו גאון וחסיד מווילנא... נקראים בשם עלית השער, >תכלית יסוד החיבור<. מעלות הסולם, דרך הגאון והילוכו בקודש. עלית קיר, >ע"ד חיבוריו הנדפסים ובכתובים<... וסיפורים כתובים בספר עליות אליהו. חוברו יחד מאת הרב... יהושע העשיל בן... מ' אלי' זאב הלוי מווילנא. ובהם... סיפורים נחמדים והערות אשר הוסיף... מ' דוד לוריא מביחאב...וזעיר שם מהרב... אברהם שמחה [ב"ר יעקב נחמן] אב"ד בק"ק אמציסלאב. וזעיר שם מהרב מ' יעקב צבי מעקלענבורג... אב"ד בקאניגסבערג.... יצא לאור... בפעם השני ע"י ר' מרדכי ב"ר יהודה הכהן מ"מ בק"ק סוואלק...

שני שערים.

   BE ayin 757; Vinograd, Thesaurus of the Books of the Vilna Gaon, p. 176:994; CD-EPI 0143017
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica