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Lot #    12389
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:21:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Menorat Hamaor (Candlestick of Light)
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed.] R. Isaac Aboab
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Moses Frankfurt
Publication Date    1722
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of the translation. [1], 6, 268 ff., 307:200 mm., nice margins, usual age staining, final 2 ff. strengthened in margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   With a Judeo-German translation by R. Moses Frankfurt, two title pages, first illustrated title page copper engraved with a picture of Moses and Aaron in the tabernacle, and Moses at the burning bush. Varient copy with the sponsor name of Solomon Proophs on title.

Menorat ha-Ma'or, (Candlestick of Light), one of the most popular works of religious edification among the Jews in the Middle Ages. Written for the ignorant and the learned, the foolish and the wise, the young and the old, for men and for women, the work has had over 70 editions and printings (1st ed. Constantinople, 1514; Jerusalem, 1961) and has been translated into Spanish, Ladino, Yiddish, and German. Moses b. Simeon Frankfort of Amsterdam, who translated the work into Yiddish and wrote a commentary on it (Nefesh Yehudah, Amsterdam, 1701 and many subsequent eds.), also edited a shorter version under the title of Sheva Petilot (Seven Wicks, Amsterdam, 1721; Sudzilkow, 1836). The book became a handbook for preachers and served for public reading in synagogues when no preacher was available.

R. Isaac Aboab (end of the 14th century), rabbinic author and preacher; probably lived in Spain. His father seems to have been called Abraham and may have been the R. Abraham Aboab to whom R. Judah b. Asher of Toledo (d. 1349) addressed responsa (Zikhron Yehudah, 53a and 60a). After devoting most of his life to secular affairs Isaac turned to writing and preaching.

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   Vinograd, Amsterdam 1186; CD-EPI 0105201
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica