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Lot #    26795
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:20:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Arba’ah ve-Esrim Seforim
Title (Hebrew)    ארבעה ועשרים ספרים
Author    [Bible] R. Simhah Calemoni
City    Livorno (Leghorn)
Publisher    Eliezer Menahm Ottilenghi
Publication Date    1834
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Two volumes, 18, 148; 108; 115; [1], 124 ff. quarto 244:188 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good set bound in uniform modern brown cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Attractive two volume complete edition of the Bible (Arba’ah ve- Esrim, referring to the twenty-four books comprising the Bible). The first volume has an extensive introduction on the rules of Hebrew grammar, concluding with an order of learning for someone who wishes to complete the entire Bible and Mishnayot according to a weekly schedule. The text was arranged according to the Minhat Shai and is accompanied by marginal annotations from R. Simhah Calemoni explaining terms in Italian. The first volumen is in two parts, the Pentateuch and First Prophets, the second volume begins with Isaiah and concludes with Divrei Ha-Yamim. The volume is beautifully set in a large clear font. Minhat Shai was prepared by R. Jedidiah Solomon Raphael Ben Abraham Norzi (1560–1616) an Italian rabbi, biblical and masoretic scholar. Born in Mantua in a well-known family he was a pupil of his uncle R. Moses Cases, and was later appointed a member of the rabbinate of that town. He achieved a great reputation through his critical masoretic commentary on the Bible, a work to which he devoted the greater part of his life. In his research he not only consulted published works, but undertook journeys to many countries to compare various manuscripts. He succeeded in gaining access to the manuscript of Toledo written in 1277 (known as the Codex de Rossi, no. 782). He consulted his friend R. Menahem Lonzano, the midrashic and talmudic scholar.

Norzi's work, called Goder Perez, was completed in 1626. It is in two parts; the first on the Pentateuch and the five Scrolls, and the second on the remaining books of the Bible together with some grammatical treatises. The work was published under the title Minhat Shai (Mantua, 1742–44). The second edition (without the grammatical treatises) was published in Vienna (1816). Minhat Shai is also printed in the rabbinical Bible Mikra'ot Gedolot. Norzi's introduction was published in 1819, and in 1876 by A. Jellinek. A commentary to the Minhat Shai called Or ha-Hayyim (Vilna, 1867) was written by Hayyim Ze'ev Bender of Bobruisk.

          
Paragraph 2    [עם פירוש המילות בלשון איטאליאני]... ובהגהה מדוייקת... יסודה מספר... מנחת שי... והנה נצב... דקדוק לה"ק [לשון הקודש] מעשה ידי... ר' שמחה קאלימאני... חלק [א]-ד. שנת ו'ה'א'י'ר' ע'ל' ע'ב'ר' פניה

נדפס דף-על-דף ושורה-על-שורה כמו פיסא תקס"ג. דף ב-יח בראש הספר: כללי הדקדוק של הרב שמחה קאלימאני. על-פי ליוורנו תקס"ג-תקס"ה, בהשמטת ההקדמה, דברי הסיום, "לוח מכל שרש ש שמאלית וש ימנית" ו"לוח המצות מהרמב"ם". במקביל נדפסה הוצאה בלי פירוש המילות באיטלקית. הטכסט של התנ"ך זהה בשתי ההוצאות.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; CD-EPI 0305161
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Italy:    Checked
  
Subject
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Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
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