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Lot #    16369
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 10:39:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shevet Mussar
Title (Hebrew)    שבט מוסר
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Elijah ha-Kohen ha-Itamari
City    Wilhermsdorf
Publisher    Hirsch b. Hayyim of Furth
Publication Date    1726
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 5-96, [3] ff., 195:159 mm., usual age staining, trimmed margins, initial and final few ff. with repairs affecting several words. A good copy bound in modern leather boards. Rare - no copy in major collections, additionally as a popular Yiddish book was heavily used with few surviving copies.
   Kabbalistic moral and ethical text oft reprinted and translated in many languages. R. Elijah b. Abraham Solomon ha-Kohen ha-Itamari (b. 1729) was born in Smyrna, where he was educated and became a homiletic preacher. His opposition to Shabbetai Zevi and his associated earned him much grief at home. He is best remembered for his ethical work Shevet Mussar, which has seen numerous edition (to this date) and been translated into many languages.

Wilhermsdorf was a center of Hebrew printing in Bavaria, where Isaac b. Judah Loeb Yuedels set up a press in 1669 with staff recruited from Prague, among them his daughters as setters and a son-in-law as proofreader. Another Prague printer, Israel Meir, set up a press in 1712 but sold it the same year to Hirsch b. Hayyim of Fuerth, whose son worked later in Fuerth, printing until 1739. Hirsch cultivated book decorations: his printer's mark was the tree with the serpent and a crab and a lion on each side; the title page showed Moses and Aaron and angels hovering above them and the last page a flower basket as vignette.

   Rosenfeld, Jewish Printing in Wilhermsdorf, p. 148, # 137
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica