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Lot #    22112
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:13:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hakdamat Sefer Eshel Avraham
Title (Hebrew)    הקדמת ספר אשל אברהם
Author    [Only Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Mordecai Ashkenazi
City    Fuerth
Publisher    Model
Publication Date    1701
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 28 ff. octavo 164:110 mm., nice margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed and split.
   Only edition of this introductory work to Eshel Avraham by R. Mordecai ben Judah Leib Ashkenazi. Eshel Avraham is a large format book (Fuerth, 1701) explaining rabbinic sayings and interpretations, much from the Zohar, on Bereshit and Shemot, the ten Sephirot and other kabbalistic concepts by R. Ashkenazi, which he learned from his teacher, R. Abraham Revigo. Hakdamat Sefer Eshel Avraham preceded Eshel Avraham and, in contrast to the larger work, is in a small format. On the title page R. Ashkenazi explains that in Eshel Avraham he has built a kabbalistic work as a wall. Because he has observed that not every one is capable of understanding it he has determined, for the public good, to abbreviate it in this introduction, written in a clear language. There is an introduction on the verso of the title page, followed by the text in a single column in rabbinic type.

R. Mordecai ben Judah Leib Ashkenazi was a Dutch rabbi, residing in Amsterdam in the early part of the seventeenth century. He wrote also Mikveh Yisrael, a treatise on circumcision in Judæo-German, which appeared in 1710 with David of Lida’s Sod Ha-Shem appended.

Paragraph 2    הנה אלומתי קמה, באשל אברהם אשר בניתי ... ויען ראיתי שלאו כל אדם יזכה בו ... וראיתי לזכות רבי' לפחות בההקדמה ... נאם המחבר ... מרדכי בן ... ר' יהודא ליב אשכנזי בן ... ר' מרדכי ...

מעבר לשער הקדמת המחבר, בה הוא מספר, שהגליונות הראשונים מספרו אשל אברהם נחטפו על-ידי "החבירים ... ועודם הדפין בכפם יבלעום ... ובגלל הדבר הזה בסיום הספר ראיתי חסרון ... ההקדמה ... בכן אחרי שהוכרחתי להדפיס שנית ההקדמה כדי למלאות חסרון הספרים ... אמרתי ליתן להדפיס הקדמת הספר בכרך קטן ... כדי שמי שלא ישיג ידו לקניית הספר כולו יראה להשיג כרך קטן זה".

   BE aleph 2766; JE; CD-EPI 0112273
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica