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Lot #    7622
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 2:11:15 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Pardes Rimmonim
Title (Hebrew)    פרדס רמונים
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Moses Cordovero
City    Korzec (Korets)
Publisher    Johann Anton Kreiger
Publication Date    1786
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   168 ff., 311:196 mm., light age staining, wide margins, stamps on title, several crude erasures affecting letters on several ff., final f. restored with small loss, old hand on f. 4v. A very good copy bound in modern half leather and cloth boards.
          
Paragraph 1    The R. Jacob Hai Zrehen copy with his hand and seal on f. 4v.
          
Detailed
Description
   Elucidation of all the tenets of the Kabbalah, such as the doctrines of the sefirot, emanation, the divine names, the import and significance of the alphabet, etc. Title page in a beautiful architectural border. Includes many Kabbalistic diagrams and charts.

R. Moses b. Jacob Cordovero (1522–1570), the outstanding kabbalist in Safed before R. Isaac Luria. His birthplace is unknown, but his name testifies to the family's Spanish origins. He was a disciple of R. Joseph Caro and of R. Solomon Alkabez, and a teacher of R. Isaac Luria. His first large systematic work is Pardes Rimmonim, which R. Cordovero completed by the age of 27. Ten years later he finished his second systematic book, the Elimah Rabbati, and also wrote a lengthy commentary on all the parts of the Zohar which has been preserved in manuscript in Modena.

The doctrine of R. Cordovero is a summary and a development of the different trends in Kabbalah up to his time, and his whole work is a major attempt to synthesize and to construct a speculative kabbalistic system. This is done especially in his theology, which is based on the Zohar, and in particular on Tikkunei Zohar and Ra'aya Meheimna. Since R. Cordovero considered these texts to be by one and the same author, he felt constrained to harmonize their different and at times even opposing conceptions.

          
Paragraph 2    אשר נטע ושתל... ר' משה קורדואירו... נדפס פעם שלישית...

בסוף הספר שמות פועלי הדפוס. ראינו גם טופס שבשערו: "נדפס פעם שנית".

          
Reference
Description
   Vinograd, Korzec 69; CD-EPI 0303118; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Autographed:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica