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Lot #    5128
Auction End Date    7/15/2003 11:38:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Choresh Matzil
Title (Hebrew)    חורש מצ'ל
Author    [First Ed.] R. H. J. D. Azulai (Chidah)
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Abraham Castillo & Eliezer Sa'adon
Publication Date    1786
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 71, [1] f., 16 mo., 148:100 mm., light dampstaining. A very good copy bound in the original marble-paper boards, rubbed. With the rare initial title page unseen by Beniyahu.
   A complete varient copy of the initial two works only.

R. Hayyim Yoseph David Azulai (known by his Hebrew acronym CHIDA, 1724–1806), halakhist, kabbalist, emissary, and bibliographer. The Chidah was born in Jerusalem; he was descended on his father's side from a prominent family of rabbis and kabbalists from Spain while his mother was a daughter of Joseph Bialer who had gone to Erez Israel with R. Judah Hasid in 1770. He studied under some of the outstanding Jewish scholars of his age including R. Jonah Navon, R. Isaac ha-Kohen Rapoport, and R. Hayyim ibn Attar. R. Azulai attained early eminence in Jewish studies and was regarded by the Jewry of the Ottoman Empire and of Italy as the leading scholar of his generation. He was highly esteemed, too, by the Jews of Germany, especially after the publication of his works.

Paragraph 2    כולל שלושה חיבורים, לכל אחד שער מיוחד: [1]: מורה באצבע ... סדר עבודה ... מלוקט ומבורר מפי סופרים וספרים ... אמר יאמר ... חיד"א ס"ט ... בסדר ושנת ושמר ה' אלהיך לך את הברית ואת החסד [תקמ"ו]. ב-לד דף. דף ג: הקדשה ל"בחירי רצתה נפשי ונדיב נדיבות ... גבירי ואורי יפ"י [יעקב פרירא די ליאון]". גם בדף לד ברכה לכבודו. [2]: צפורן שמיר ... מחובר לאצבע ... לקוטאי נינהו מיסוד רז"ל ראשוני' ואחרונים ... בתוספת נפך ... בדברי ... חיד"א ס"ט ... בסדר ובשנת ו'ק'מ'"ת' ועלית אל המקום אשר יבחר ה' [תקמ"ו]. [לה]-עא, [1] דף.
   CD-EPI 0108533; Meir Beniyahu, Chidah v.1, p. 191, # 7-9
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Morals
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica