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Lot #    28988
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:31:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Gal Shel Egozim
Title (Hebrew)    גל של אגוזים
Author    [The Ibn Zur Copy] R. Menahem Egozi
City    Belvedere (Constantinople)
Publisher    House (Palace) of Dona Reyna Nasi
Publication Date    [1593]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 53 [i.e..61], [1] ff., 267:180 mm., light age staining, expert repairs to paper, old hands, stamp. A good copy bound in modern full leather over boards, tooled in blind.
Paragraph 1    The R. Raphael Ibn Zur (1830-1917) copy with his stamp and inscription on title
   Homilies and sayings to Genesis by R. Menahem b. Moses Egozi (c.1540-1600) rabbi, preacher, and poet. His sermons, Gal shel Egozim, were published in the printing press of Gracia Nasi in Belvedere. Ginnat Egoz, a manuscript collection of his letters and poems, showing considerable talent and of historical importance, is in the British Museum (Or. 11.111). A responsum by him is included in the responsa of R. Elijah b. Ḥayyim (no. 38).

The work was printed in the palace of Dona Reyna Nasi daughter of Dona Gracia Nasi, and widow of Don Joseph Nasi (1524-79) Duke of Naxos. Joseph b. Isaac Ashkeloni managed the press for the Lady and printed a handful of books, all very rare. The press eventually relocated to Kuru-Chesme, a suburb on the Bosphorus, to the east of Constantinople. A total of 15 books were printed at the two locations.

Paragraph 2    חברו הרב כמהר"ר מנחם אגוזי זלהה בן ... כה"ר משה אגוזי זל"הה. נדפס בבית הגברת ... מ' ריינא נשיא תמ"ב אלמנת השר ... דון יוסף הנשיא זלה"ה ...

דרושים לספר בראשית. דף [א, ב - ב, א]: שיר מאת המחבר: אשירה לה' במו פי אתחנן לו ...

   Yaari, Constantinople 228; CD-EPI 0107247
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Other:    Women
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica