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Lot #    26158
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 10:17:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Galut Yehudah: Novo dittionario hebraico e italian
Title (Hebrew)    גלות יהודה
Author    [First Ed. - Avot] R. Leone (Judah Aryeh) Modena
City    Venice
Publisher    Giacomo Sorzino
Publication Date    1612
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [10], 9-113, [1] ff., 192:135 mm., wide margins, light age staining, several wormholes affecting letters. A good copy bound in contemporary vellum over boards.
   Translations of biblical words from Hebrew into Italian with some grammatical rules by R. Leone (Judah Aryeh) Modena. Galut Yehudah is organized as a complete program to make students proficient so that they can read and understand the Bible. The title page has Hebrew text and below it Italian text. The title, Galut Yehudah (Exiles of Judah, Jeremiah 24:5, 28:4, 29:22) can be understood in either of two ways, as a personal statement, referring to R. Modena’s exile from Venice to Ferrara and Florence, at which time he began to work on this book, or as referring to the general Jewish condition, in exile, a situation that has caused them, as he observes in the introduction, to forget the Hebrew language. Many initial words have decorative first letters. There are Italian and Hebrew introductions, rules of grammar, and the text, which, reading from left to right, explains important words. Galut Yehudah follows the order of the Bible, and concludes with the Pesah haggadah, Pirkei Avot, and a translation of terms. Also included are portions of prayers. R. Modena writes in his diary, concerning Galut Yehudah, that it is selling for ten lires although originally valued at three because not even one copy remains. It was, as a result, republished in his lifetime. The publisher of this edition was Giacomo Sorzino, author of Sefer ha-Nikkur (1595). When the Christian-Hebraist, Bishop Jean Plantavit De La Pause, (Plantavitius; 1576–1651), who had earlier beena student of R. Modena, was preparing his monumental Thesaurus synonymicus Hebraico-Chaldaico-Rabbinicus (Lodeve, 1644–45), Galut Yehudah was one of the titles sent to him by R. Modena. R. Judah Aryeh (Leone) Modena (1571–1648), Italian rabbi, scholar, and writer, is one of, if not the most fascinating Jewish personality of the Italian Renaissance. He was a child prodigy in both Jewish religious studies and music, becoming a scholar of stupendous productivity and a famous rabbi of the Venetian community. A prolific writer, He was the author of many books, in Hebrew and Italian, and his fame spread far beyond Venice.

t.p.:Novo Dittionario Hebraico, Italiano, Cioe, Dichiaratione di tutte le voci Hebraiche piu difficili delle scritture Hebree nella volgar lingua Italiana ... E in fine un copioso Vocabulario del resto de Nomi Particelle e verbi dichiarati nella stessa Lingua.. Opera di Leon Modena Hebreo da Venetia

Paragraph 2    והוא פשר דבר מכל מלה זרה או צריכה פתרון מכל העשרים וארבע שבמקרא והגדת פסח וברכת המזון ופרקי אבות, בלשון איטליאנו ... ומלפניו כמה דרכים וכללים... להבין... הפתרון... ע"פ הדקדוק, ומלאחריו פתרון רוב השמות והמלות והפעלים... עמל... יהודה אריה ממודינא בכה"ר יצחק ז"ל.

מילון עברי-איטלקי. דף [3,ב]: שיר בשבח המחבר, מאת ר' מרדכי ממודינא, בן המחבר. פותח: אם חדש האביב ראש השנה. אוצר השירה והפיוט, א, עמ' 244, מס' 5318. דף [113-111]: לוח "השמות והמלות והפעלים".

הסכמת רבני ויניציאה: ר' ליב סרוואל, ר' נחמן חנין, ר' יצחק גרשון, ר' שלמה שמעיה ספורנו, ר' גרשון ב"ר קלונימוס ור' משה כהן פורט, כא אדר-א שע"ב.

   Cohen, The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi. Leon Modena’s Life of Judah (Princeton, 1988), var. cit.; Vin Venice 1069; CD-EPI 0138667
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:    Checked
Other:    Avot
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Italian
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica