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Lot #    20485
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:56:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kol Mussar
Title (Hebrew)    קול מוסר
Author    [First Ed.] R. Shimshon Ha-kohen Modon
City    Mantua
Publisher    Raphael Hayyim me-Italia
Publication Date    1725
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 32 ff., quarto, 249:180 mm., extra wide crisp margins. A near fine copy bound in the original soft vellum boards, rubbed.
   First edition of the verse of R. Shimshon ben Jacob Shimshon ha-Kohen Modon. Attractively printed with several-head and tail-pieces, large vocalized letters, and, near the end, a full page graph of the sphere through which men pass in the world. Kol Mussar consists of fifty verses as well as a versified forward from the author, with the spread hands of the Kohen at the top and a vase of flowers at the bottom. The book concludes with an index of the verse.

Poet; born in Mantua Aug. 1, 1679; died there June 10, 1727. He received a thorough education and was recognized as an accomplished linguist. He was one of those sent by the congregation in Mantua to do homage to Emperor Charles VI. at Vienna, where he acquitted himself most creditably and gained the emperor's good-will. Encouraged by David Finzi, rabbi of Mantua, he devoted himself to the writing of poetry; Finzi added some of his own poems to the collection "Ḳol Musar," published by Modon at Mantua in 1725 (Lemberg, 1845). Others of his poems are "Keter Torah" (Venice, 1721); "Ẓir ha-Ẓirim" (ib. 1722), an elegy on his teacher Judah Brill; and "Shigyon Shimshon." The last is a poem of three hundred lines, each commencing with the letter . He also compiled a rabbinical encyclopedia, arranged alphabetically, and called "Sefer Zikronot"; this and the "Shigyon Shimshon" are in manuscript.

Paragraph 2    חמשים שערי שירה... על המדות... ועל הרעות... משלי חכמים וחדותם... [מאת] שמשון כהן מודון... בשנת ג'ד'ו'ל' ק'ו'ל' מ'ו'ס'ר'

דף [3,ב-4,א]: "נאם המדפיס", שיר. הסכמות: ר' דוד ב"ר עזריאל פנצי; הרופא קלונימוס [ב"ר יעקב] מאיטליה. שתיהן שירים.

   BE kuf 399; JE; CD-EPI 0146746
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Poetry
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica