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Lot #    34965
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 12:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ezrat ha-Sofer
Title (Hebrew)    עזרת הסופר
Author    [Bible]
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    ישראל לעוויססאן ניר לבית מלאכת הדפוס כ' דוד פרופס
Publication Date    1866
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], [536], 14, [1], III, 7 pp. 8°, 178:106 mm., usual age staining wide margins, repair in final 2 ff. touchinf words. A good copy bound in modern full cloth over boards.
   Pentateuch, in tikkun form, Vavei ha-Amudim - the scribe's manual on number of lines and words per page for the written Torah.

R. Gabriel b. Isaac Pollak (1803–1869), Dutch scholar, Hebrew author, and bibliographer. Born in Amsterdam, Polak served as head of a school there. He provided Dutch Jewry with accurate liturgical texts translated into Dutch. Among these were a Pentateuch with haftarot and Rashi (1828; his le'azim translated into German), Sabbath prayers (1828), and piyyutim (Torat Emet-Tikkun Soferim, 1827, repr. 1937); Amarot Tehorot (biblical books with Dutch translation, 1862/63; also Job, with M. S. Polak, 1844); a mahzor (18572), with commentary in Hebrew and Judeo-German and another edition with Dutch translation (with M. L. van Ameringen, 18502); Areshet Sefatayim (196023), a siddur; a Passover Haggadah (19309); Ezrat ha-Sofer (1866), a tikkun; and Sefer Hayyim la-Nefesh (1867). He also edited orders of service for Purim (1857), circumcision (1878), and the seventh of Adar (death of Moses; 1851), Kinot (1868) and Selihot (1869). Polak published a small Hebrew-Dutch dictionary, Divrei Kodesh, with S. E. Heigmans, in 18572. Among his other works were: Hukkei Ha-Elohim (1841, 1883), on the 613 commandments; a translation with commentary of Josippon (1868, with van Ameringen); an edition of a manuscript he discovered of Judah ibn Balam's Sha'ar Ta'amei Sefarim Emet on the accents of Psalms, Proverbs, and Job (1858); and an enlarged edition of Abraham Bedersi's (Bedarshi's) dictionary of Hebrew synonyms (1865). Polak completed H. A. Wagenaar's biography of Jacob Emden (1868), and annotated Menahem Mann b. Solomon's She'erit Yisrael (with L. Goudsmit, 1855), with notes on the history of Dutch Jewry. He also wrote Hebrew poetry and translated Dutch works into Hebrew (Ha-Poret, 1836; Halikhot Kedem, 1847; Ben Gorni, 1851). In addition, he wrote a biography of the Dutch Hebrew poet D. Franco-Mendes and published letters and essays by S. Dubno, J. S. Reggio, S. L. Rapoport, and S. D. Luzzatto, maintaining contact with some of them. Among his bibliographical work is Me'ir Einayim (1864) a catalog of the M. L. Jacobson and M. B. Rubens collections in Amsterdam Hok Shelomo (1857) and catalogs of S. B. Rubens' collections in Amsterdam (1864).

Paragraph 2    הוא חמשת חמשי התורה, ווי העמודים, בלי נקודות וטעמים וחלוקי הפסוקים, עם ציון שמות הקודש והחול לסופרי סת"ם... כאשר נדפס בשנת [תקכ"ז]-תקכ"ט פה אמסטרדם, מאת... ר' יהודה פיזא זצ"ל. נדפס מחדש בהוספות הכתבין והקריין וסדר קריאת המועדים והתחלות וסיומי הפרשיות לכל הקרואים... לפי חלופי מנהגי אשכנזים וספרדים... מסודר ומתוקן בהגהה מדויקת מאת גבריאל ב"ה אייזק פאלק. שנת ואותי יום י'ו'ם' י'ד'ר'ש'ו'ן'

לכל ספר נוסף שער חלקי. מהקדמת גבריאל פאלק: "ואלה הדברים הנצרפים [בראש הספר] מלבד המאיר נתיב [מאת יהודה פיזא]... הנדפס בהקודם: [1] עין הסופר, בו נמצא כל אותיות הקטנות הגדולות המנוזרות והנקודות בתורה... [2] עין הקורא, בו מצוינים כל הקריין והכתבין ע"פ המסורה... [3] מראה מקום התיבות אשר יש בראשן או בסופן שם הוי' כסדרן או למפרע".

   CD-EPI 0305632
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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