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Lot #    26174
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 10:25:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Maskil le-David
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] R. David Samuel Pardo
City    Venice
Publisher    Bragadin
Publication Date    1761
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [7], 172 ff., 230:167 mm., damp stained, light age staining, old Moroccan hands on title, includes the oft lacking Italian p., worming. A good copy loose in contemporary leather boards, rubbed.
   Supercommentary on Rashis biblical commentary by R. David Samuel ben Jacob Pardo. The title page has two ornamental borders and between them are columns of decorative florets. The text informs that Maskil le-David was printed for Samuel Foa at the two presses of Bragadini and Vendramini. It is dated with a chronogram based on, and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge (Proverbs 21:11). The front matter consists of a full page approbation from the Yeshiva Kellalit in Venice signed by R. Simhah ben Abraham Kalimoni, a page of verse in praise of the work from the editor, and R. Pardos introduction. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type, except for headers and initial words which are in square letters. The volume concludes with errata. The permission to print, variously described as being on [7] or at the end of the volume is not present here. From the fine condition of the text it is possible that it was not bound in this copy. An attractive volume printed on good paper. R. David Samuel ben Jacob Pardo (Hasdei David, 17181790), rabbinical author and poet. Born in Venice, he went to Sarajevo for a time as a result of a dispute over an inheritance, and from there to Spalato, in Dalmatia. From approximately 1738 he was a teacher of children, at the same time studying under the local rabbi, R. Abraham David Papo. Eventually R. Pardo was appointed rabbi of the town. From 1760 he was rabbi of Sarajevo. From 1776 to 1782 he traveled to Erez Israel, settling in Jerusalem where he served as head of the yeshivah Hesed le-Avraham u-Vinyan Shelomo. R. Pardo was regarded as one of Jerusalems great rabbis. Of his many works his series of commentaries and novellae on tannaitic literature are especially original. His first work was Shoshannim le-David (Venice, 1752), a commentary on the Mishnah. R. Pardo is best known for his Hasdei David (Leghorn, 177690; Jerusalem, 1890) on the Tosefta; it is considered the most important commentary on this work. Other works he wrote are Mikhtam le-David (Salonika, 1772), halakhic decisions and responsa; La-Menazzeah le-David (Salonika, 1765), on those talmudic passages where alternative explanations are given; Mizmor le-David (Leghorn, 1818), notes on the Perot Ginnosar of R. Hezekiah da Silva and R. Hayyim ibn Attar on Shulhan Arukh, Even ha-Ezer. Pardo's liturgical poems and prayers are included in the Sephardi daily and festival prayer books. His arrangement of the Avodah for the Day of Atonement, which was adopted in the Sephardi rite, appeared in his Shifat Revivim (Leghorn, 1788). One of R. Pardos sons married the daughter of the Hida.
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   Vinograd, Venice 1953; CD-EPI 0156643
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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