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Lot #    14281
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 12:50:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hamash Shitot le-ha-Rashba
Title (Hebrew)    חמש שיטות להרשב'א זלה'ה
Author    R. Solomon ibn Adret (Rashba)
City    Prague
Publisher    Franz Gerzabek
Publication Date    1809
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 88; 49, [3] ff., 372:230 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, old hands, stamps. A very good copy bound in later boards.
   Novellae to five tractates from R. Solomon ben Abraham Adret (Rashba, c. 1235–c. 1310).

R. Solomon b. Abraham ibn Adret was one of the preeminent talmudists and halakhic authorities in medieval Spain. Born to a distinguished family in Barcelona, Adret was a student of R. Jonah Gerondi (Rabbenu Yonah) and R. Moses ben Nahman (Ramban). He served as rabbi of Barcelona for forty years, achieving such recognition and respect that he was acknowledged as El Rab d’Espana (rabbi of Spain). His yeshivah attracted students from afar; many of whom became prominent rabbis and scholars. Regarded as fair and incorruptible, renowned for his humility, Adret was turned to by all strata of society, from an orphan, for whom he was the guardian, against powerful state officials, to Pedro III of Aragon, who requested Adret adjudicate entangled cases between Jewish communities. In the dispute over studying philosophy, Adret defended Maimonides, but placed serious restrictions on the study of science and philosophy.

Marco Antonio Giustiniani was a Christian printer of Hebrew books in Venice in the 16th century. His master printer Cornelius Adelkind printed a fine edition of the Babylonian Talmud (1546–51). Soon, this very active press faced a formidable competitor in the house of Bragadini which issued Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, with the notes of R. Meir Katzenellenbogen. Giustiniani then printed the full text of that code without R. Meir's notes. The mutual recriminations that the rivals engaged in at the Papal Court ultimately resulted in the confiscation and burning of all Hebrew books (1553).

Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון כולל חבור על ... יבמות נדרים בבא קמא. והחלק השני על מסכת כתובות וקידושין. עם ציונים בראש כל דבור ודבור להורות היכא קאי בגמרא ...

בשער חלק ב: "פערלעגט דורך ... ר' הרש טעלטש מנ"ש עם ... ר' ליזר שעלשיץ כ"ץ מנ"ש". חידושי כתובות יוחסו בטעות להרשב"א; הם של ה רמב"ן. שלושת הדפים האחרונים כוללים: הגהות מתוס' יום טוב על טור אה"ע.

   EJ; Heller, 16th Century Hebrew Book; JE; CD-EPI 0105657; D W. Amram, Makers of Hebrew Books in Italy (1909).
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica