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Lot #    24677
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 11:22:10 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Talmud Bavli - Tractate Berakhot
Title (Hebrew)    ,
Author    [Polemic Ed. - Hasidic]
City    Slavuta
Publisher    Samuel Abraham Shapira
Publication Date    1835
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [5], 2-124, 13, [1]; 68 ff., 357:234 mm., wide margins, age and damp staining, some foxing, lacks ff. 116-117, blue paper, bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Volume one of the last tractate printed in Slavuta, first 4 ff. contain approbations from famous and renowned contemporary Rabbis in support of the Shapiros exclusive right and privilege to print the Talmud. Furthermore, the approbations demand that Vilna cease to print the Talmud immediately, as the printing rights continue to belong to Slavuta and Vilna has no right to print at this time. Only three tractates of this edition were completed when the entire press was closed by agents of the Russian Czar.

In 1791 R. Moses Shapira, son of the zaddik R. Phinehas b. Abraham of Korets, founded the printing press Slavuta became known for. Later R. Moses' two sons, Samuel Abba and Phinehas, took over the administration of the press. Three editions of the Babylonian Talmud, an edition of the Bible (with commentaries), the Zohar, and many other religious works, especially hasidic literature, were all produced handsomely and with great care by the press. In 1835 the press was closed down when the owners were arrested for the alleged murder of a worker who had supposedly denounced them for printing books without permission from the censor.

   Vinograd, Slavuta 278; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
Blue Paper:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica