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Lot #    9037
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 1:58:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kevod ha-Bayit
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Shimon Wolf ben Jacob of Pintshov
City    Hamburg
Publisher    Thomas Rose
Publication Date    1707
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 112 ff., 303:180 mm., wide margins, light age staining, initial 2 ff. frayed in edges. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Only edition of the commentary on aggadot in the Ein Yaakov of R. Jacob ibn Habib by R. Shimon Wolf ben Jacob of Pintshov. The title page has the famed Benveniste fame with Benvenistes escutcheon at the top. Within the frame the text is headed at the peak of the arch with the verse, This is the gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter (Psalms 118:20). The title page is dated from the verse, The glory of this latter house shall be greater [than that of the former] (Haggai 2:9). The authors name does not appear on the title page. However, it is alluded to in the beginning of the introduction, which starts on the verso of the title page, from the enlarged initial letters. This volume, as the title page informs, is on part one of Ein Yaakov. It covers tractates Berakhot through Hagigah. At the end of the volume is the colophon, in which the wish to publish other volumes from this commentary is expressed, a wish that, unfortunately, was not realized. However, another work from R. Shimon Wolf ben Jacob of Pintshov, Kevod Hakhamim, on aggadot in the Jerusalem Talmud, had been printed earlier, in 1703, also by Thomas Rose. The text is in two columns in rabbinic letters excepting headers and initial words, which are in square letters.

The Benveniste frame employed here is the architectural border with his printers mark in a crest at the top. It is comprised of an upright lion facing inward towards a tower; a star is above the lion and the tower. This frame with the crest was copied by other printers n several locations. The first printing house to make use of Benvenistes mark outside of Amsterdam was that of Thomas Rose, a Christian printer of Hebrew books in Hamburg from 1686-1709. Rose was joined by his son Johann, who printed Hebrew titles together with his father in 1709, and afterwards separately in 1711, and from 1715 to 1721. Among the titles printed by Thomas Rose that employ the Benveniste mark are Abrabanel on the Early Prophets (1686), Siftei Kohen (1690), Divrei Hokhamim (1692-93), and Koved Hokhamim (1703).

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   Heller, The Printer's Mark of Immanuel Benveniste, Studies in Bibliography and Booklore XVIII (1993), pp. 3-14; Vin Hamburg 48; CD-EPI 0176218
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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