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Lot #    32612
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 1:23:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    To'aliyyot ha-Ra-LBa-G
Title (Hebrew)    תועליות הרלב'ג
Author    [First Ed.] Rav Levi b. Gershom
City    Riva di Trento
Publisher    (Jacob Marcaria)
Publication Date    1560
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 40; 27 ff., 194:135 mm., light age and damp staining. expert paper repairs. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth and leather over boards.
   Extracts from each book of the Bible, the ethical, philosophical, and religious teachings that may be gleaned from the text by R. Levi b. Gershom (1288–1344; acronym: Ra-LBa-G; also called Maestre Leo de Bagnols; Magister Leo Hebraeus; Gersonides), mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-CIze (Languedoc - now departement du Gard, France). He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon. Little is known about his life. Ra-LBa-G had very broad intellectual interests and contributed to many areas of human learning.

The Hebrew printing press in Riva, which was active between 1558 and 1562 and produced about 35 titles. The press owed its success to the cooperation of three men: Cardinal Cristoforo Madruzzo, bishop of Trent, who had jurisdiction over the town and whose coat-of-arms appears on many of the Riva publications; R. Joseph b. Nathan Ottolenghi, rabbi and rosh yeshiva at Cremona; and Jacob Marcaria, dayyan and physician, also of Cremona, who was the printer and contributed learned prefaces to his productions.

Paragraph 2    ... על התורה ונביאים [ראשונים], (לבאר התועלות המגיעות מהמצות). נדפס על יד... ר' יוסף אוטלינג י"ץ תחת ממשלת האדון החשמן קרישטופל מאדרוץ...

מעבר לשער הקדמת הרופא יעקב מרקריאה: "וכראות... ר' יוסף אוטלינג י"ץ מעלת החבור... צוה להדפיסו, ותכן במדה הפסוק אשר ממנו תצא תורה". ה"תועליות" נלקחו מפירושו של רלב"ג על התורה ועל נביאים ראשונים.

   CD-EPI 0174677
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica