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Lot #    20311
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 11:29:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    To'aliyyot ha-Ra-LBa-G
Title (Hebrew)    תועליות הרלב'ג
Author    [First Ed.] Rav Levi b. Gershom
City    Riva di Trento
Publication Date    1560
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 40; 27 ff., 190:133 mm., light age and damp staining. expert paper repairs. A very good copy bound in modern full leather boards.
          
Paragraph 1   
          
Detailed
Description
   Extracts from each book of the Bible, the ethical, philosophical, and religious teachings that may be gleaned from the text by R. Levi b. Gershom (1288–1344; acronym: Ra-LBa-G; also called Maestre Leo de Bagnols; Magister Leo Hebraeus; Gersonides), mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-CIze (Languedoc - now departement du Gard, France). He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon. Little is known about his life. Ra-LBa-G had very broad intellectual interests and contributed to many areas of human learning.

The Hebrew printing press in Riva, which was active between 1558 and 1562 and produced about 35 titles. The press owed its success to the cooperation of three men: Cardinal Cristoforo Madruzzo, bishop of Trent, who had jurisdiction over the town and whose coat-of-arms appears on many of the Riva publications; R. Joseph b. Nathan Ottolenghi, rabbi and rosh yeshiva at Cremona; and Jacob Marcaria, dayyan and physician, also of Cremona, who was the printer and contributed learned prefaces to his productions.

          
Paragraph 2    ... על התורה ונביאים [ראשונים], (לבאר התועלות המגיעות מהמצות). נדפס על יד... ר' יוסף אוטלינג י"ץ תחת ממשלת האדון החשמן קרישטופל מאדרוץ...

מעבר לשער הקדמת הרופא יעקב מרקריאה: "וכראות... ר' יוסף אוטלינג י"ץ מעלת החבור... צוה להדפיסו, ותכן במדה הפסוק אשר ממנו תצא תורה". ה"תועליות" נלקחו מפירושו של רלב"ג על התורה ועל נביאים ראשונים.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0174677
        
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Listing Classification
Period
16th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Italy:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica