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Lot #    11095
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 2:54:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Reshit Da'at
Title (Hebrew)    ראשית דעת
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Moses Albelda
City    Venice
Publisher    Juan D'Gara
Publication Date    1583
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 9, 9-243 ff., 186:136 mm., light age and damp staining, old hand on title, small wormhole in final 4 ff. A good copy bound in modern half vellum and cloth boards.

R. Moses b. Jacob Albelda (1500–before 1583), rabbi and philosopher. It is likely that Moses Albelda was born in Spain, and that he was the grandson of a Moses Albelda who settled in Salonika. He lived a life of hardship and wandering. He states that he acted as both dayyan and rosh yeshivah. He was rabbi of Arta (Greece) in 1534, and later of Valona (Albania). His sons, Judah and Abraham, went to considerable trouble to publish their father's works. These are characterized by a distinctive style and are eminently readable. His commentary and biblical expositions are mainly philosophical. His sermonic works are: Reshit Da'at (Venice, 1583), discourses on philosophical themes and rabbinical dicta; Sha'arei Dimah (ibid., 1586), on such varied themes as Providence, the vicissitudes of the times, the death of the righteous, and the destruction of the Temple. His biblical works includes Darash Moshe (ibid., 1603) homiletics. These works mention a number of others that he wrote, including commentaries on Joshua, Esther, and Samuel, and on Maimonides' Guide and Sefer ha-Mitzvot.

Paragraph 2    אשר חבר... ר' משה אלב"ילדה נר"ו ובו חדושים דרושים חדשים... על התור"ה ועל ההשגח"ה ועל התשוב"ה. וכאשר יזכנו השם להשלים הספר הזה נדפיס עוד ספר שער"י דמע"ה שחבר עוד המחבר הנז' בשלמות תמימות, דרוש ההשגחה...

בשער: נדפס במצות... זואן בראגדין... על ידי נאמן ביתו כמ"ר אשר פורינצו. מעבר לשער הקדמה מאת ה"מדפיס" אשר בכמ"ר יעקב פורינץ (פורינצו). יש טפסים בהם נוספו בהקדמה זו דברים על "מיודעי ומחותני... כה"ר גינטיל יצ"ו בכ"ר שבתי מאצה", שסייע בכספו להדפסת הספר.

   CD-EPI 0300914; EJ
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica