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Lot #    22336
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 12:05:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Girsat ha-Ne'arim
Title (Hebrew)    גירסת הנערים
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Jacob b. Solomon ibn Habib
City    Livorno (Leghorn)
Publisher    Jacob & Judah
Publication Date    1844
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 44, 65 _i.e. 64] ff., 197:138 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in later half cloth boards, lightly rubbed on edges.
   Excerpts pretaining to youth education of the Ein Ya'akov by R. Jacob ben Solomon ibn Habib (c. 1445-c.1515). Ein Ya’akov was among the titles proscribed and burned together with the Talmud after the pope’s bull of August, 1553, and subsequently placed on the Index librorum prohibitorum. The Council of Trent, which permitted the publication of the Talmud in 1564, and certain other works as well, did so by imposing onerous conditions, primarily concerning the expurgation of passages inimical to Christianity, and the substitution of acceptable terms for objectionable ones. Among the other conditions imposed was the prohibition of Hebrew books under their original names. The Talmud, for example, could not be reprinted as such, but could be reissued only if that name were omitted, it now being called shas, and Ein Ya’akov only as Ein Yisrael. Graetz, commenting on this situation, writes, “Strange, indeed, that the pope should have allowed the thing, and forbidden its name! He was afraid of public opinion, which would have considered the contradiction too great between one pope, who had sought out and burnt the Talmud, and the next, who was allowing it to go untouched.”
Paragraph 2    ... מבחר מאמרי עין ישראל [עין יעקב, מאת ר' יעקב אבן-חביב] היותר קלים וברורים. הנוגעים למוסר ומקילים הגירסא לנערי בנ"י ... סידר ... יצחק [שמשון] לבית מלאך ס"ט מ"ץ בק"ק ריגייו ... בשנת זה' ש'מ'י' וז'ה' ז'כ'ר'י'

עם הקדמה ודברי-סיום מאת המאסף, הכותב: "האמת ... דאין בכינוס המאמרים הנבחרים הבאים בספר זה הוספה משלי".

   Graetz, IV p. 589; Heller, 16th Century Book; Slatkine, Shemot ha Sefarim, p. 265; CD-EPI 0106096
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica