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Lot #    34762
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:34:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Peirush Hamash Megillot
Title (Hebrew)    פירוש חמש מגלות
Author    [First Ed.] R. Levi b. Gershon (Ralbag)
City    Riva di Trento
Publisher    Three Partners
Publication Date    1560
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 2-50 (of 50) ff., 4°, 187:144 mm., light age staining, wide margins, wanting title, upper margin trimmed, bound in later boards, rubbed. Bound with second incomplete work.
   Commentary to the Five Scrolls by R. Levi b. Gershon (Ralbag, 1288–1344 also called Gersonides), mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-CIze, France. He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon. Ralbag had very broad intellectual interests and contributed to many areas of human learning.

The Hebrew printing press in Riva, which was active between 1558 and 1562 and produced about 35 titles. The press owed its success to the cooperation of three men: Cardinal Cristoforo Madruzzo, bishop of Trent, who had jurisdiction over the town and whose coat-of-arms appears on many of the Riva publications; R. Joseph b. Nathan Ottolenghi, rabbi and rosh yeshiva at Cremona; and Jacob Marcaria, dayyan and physician, also of Cremona, who was the printer and contributed learned prefaces to his productions.

Paragraph 2    ... [מאת] הפלוסוף... רבי לוי בן גרשון... נדפס תחת ממשלת האדון החשמן קרישטופיל מאדרוץ...

מעבר לשער: כל אלה חברו אל עמק השירים, קהלת, רות, אסתר. ואל החמישי והוא איכה לא בא לידינו... ואולי לא חבר... כה דברי הרופא... יעקב מרקריאה.

   CD-EPI 0174667; EJ
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica