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Lot #    6499
Auction End Date    1/13/2004 3:30:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nishmat Adam
Title (Hebrew)    נשמת אדם
Author    R. Aaron Samuel ben Moses Shalom of Kremenets
City    Hanau
Publisher    Hans Jacob Hena
Publication Date    1611
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 44, [2] ff., 187:141 mm., wide margins, light usual age staining, scattered wormholes affecting single letters. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Ethical treatise on the essentials of faith, the origin, nature, and essence of the soul, the purpose of human life, the future world, and divine retribution (rewards and punishments) by R. Aaron Samuel ben Moses Shalom. Nishmat Adam has an attractive decorative title page comprised of Moses with the tablets of the law and Aaron with his priestly garments at the sides, and a vignette of Akedat Yitzhak at the top. Other ornamentation includes decorative strips separating the text’s ten chapters and a small number of ornamental woodcuts. There are approbations from rabbis in Frankfort a. Main, including R. Isaiah Horowitz (ha-Shelah), and Hanau, an introduction, the text, a postscript (43a) from the editor, Zelikman Ulma, the son of R. Moses Simon Halevi Guenzberg, and the contents. The text has numerous enumerated marginal references to the contents. These features make it an attractive volume.

R. Aaron Samuel ben Moses Shalom of Kremenets (Aaron of Kremenets, d. c. 1620), rabbi and author was a pupil of R. Ephraim Solomon ben Aaron Luntschits when the latter was rabbi at Lemberg. R. Shalom was forced to emigrate to Germany as a youth. Toward the end of 1606 he was preaching in Fuerth. In 1611 he was in Eibelstadt (not, as often stated, Eisenstadt), Lower Franconia, where he wrote Nishmat Adam. In 1615 he became rabbi in Fulda, where he wrote an introduction and notes to a homily on the Decalogue by R. Baruch Axelrod (Hanau, 1616). In Nishmat Adam R. Shalom mentions three unpublished works on ethical and religio-philosophical problems (Be’er Sheva, Or Torah, and Ein Mishpat), as well as novellae to the Talmud, entitled Kitvei Kodesh.

Paragraph 2    ... יסדתי וחברתי ... אהרן שמואל בלא"א ... ר' משה שלום זצ"ל מק"ק קרעמניץ, אשר בו יתבאר מהות הנשמה ומקורה וסבת ירידתה בעה"ז ומה תכליתה ובמה יזכה נער את את[!] ארחו להשיג אורחות חיים ובאיך ומה יעשה האדם להפיק רצון בוראו. גם ענין עה"ב ושכר ועונש ... הכל בנוי ומשוכלל על מקראי קדש ומארז"ל ...

דף מג, א: אמר זעליקמן אולמא [התנצלות המגיה]. עיין: ש' אשכנזי, הערות ותקונים לספר נשמת אדם, קובץ שפתי צדיקים, ד, שבט תשנ"ב, עמ' קטז-קכג. הסכמות רבני פרנקבורט [דמיין]: ר' ישעיה ב"ר אברהם סג"ל [הורוויץ] , ר' משה בכרך, ר' שמואל ב"ר אברהם אליסוס, ר' אהרן ב"ר יהושע משה לוריא, ר' עזריאל בן איש ח"י מולהויזן; ר' אליא ב"ר משה לואנץ, האנווא, ב ניסן שע"א.

   EJ; Habermann Title Pages no. 39; Vinograd, Hanau 23; CD-EPI 0107683
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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