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Lot #    10965
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 12:44:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Mahbarot Immanuel
Title (Hebrew)    מחברות עמנואל
Author    [R. S. R. Hirsch Copy] Immanuel of Rome
City    Berlin
Publisher    Orientalischen Buchdruckerey
Publication Date    1796
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [2], 268 pp., 205:172 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, stamps on title, lacks final. A very good copy bound in modern full cloth boards.
          
Paragraph 1    The R. Samson Raphael Hirsch copy, with his stamp on title.

The R. Julius Hirsch copy, with his stamp on title.

          
Detailed
Description
   Comprises poems and melizot, a type of rhymed prose, found in medieval Spanish-Jewish literature, which closely resembles the maqama. The subject matter of Mahbarot is mostly gay, at times frivolous, but almost always witty. The artistic form is but a vehicle to prove Immanuel a skillful master of language whose aim it is to arouse the admiration of the reader. His punning and play on biblical terms have not been surpassed. Mahbarot contains poems on love, wine, and friendship, riddles, epigrams, epistles, but also poetry of a serious nature, such as elegies and religious poems. The piyyut "Yigdal," included in the daily prayer book, is an abridged adaptation of a poem by Immanuel included in the Mahbarot (no. 4) whose subject is Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith.

Immanuel of Rome b. Solomon, Italian scholar, satirical poet, and the most interesting figure among the Jews of Italy; born at Rome c. 1270; died probably at Fermo c. 1330. He was a member of an important and wealthy family, and occupied a very prominent position at Rome. He seems to have been president or secretary of the Roman community, preached on the Day of Atonement, and also delivered discourses on special occasions. In 1325 he had the misfortune to lose his entire wealth, and was obliged to leave his home. All his friends deserted him, and, "bowed by poverty and the double burden of age," he wandered through Italy, until he found refuge in 1328 at Fermo in the march of Ancona, at the house of a patron of the name of Daniel (?), who provided for his old age and enabled him to devote himself to poetry.

          
Paragraph 2    ... נדבה רוח... מו' איצק בר"ד [ב"ר דניאל] יפה להדפיסו... בניקוד השירים בהגהה רבה (ואני הגבר [יצחק סאטאנוב] הוקם על להגיהו)...

[2] עמ' (בסוף הספר): מליצה בפרוזה חרוזה, משובצת שני שירים, מאת המהדיר סאטאנוב, הכותב: שמי לא אפרש... אבל אתן לך סימן... [יצחק] זה שמי... הנעלם. מעבר לשער: <מודעא>. זה הספר לא הדפיס השיר [צ"ל: השר, איצק יפה] רק מתי מספר, למען תתם תשורה לקרוביו ומיודעיו. ומעט מזער נשארו למכור... על שיבושיה של מהדורה זו ועל הוספותיו של המהדיר בגוף הספר, עי' במבואותיהם של חיים בראדי, עמ' ט-י, ושל דב ירדן, עמ' כא.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0155989; JE; EJ; Waxman, Literature, v. 2 (1960), pp. 65–74
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
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Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica