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Lot #    5554
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 12:58:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bet Tefila
Title (Hebrew)    בית תפלה אין ליבראן אי אין לאדינו
Author    [Ladino - First Ed. - Liturgy - Avot]
City    Constantinople
Publisher    Jona b. Jacob Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1739
Item of
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 193 of 195 ff., 8 vo., 150:98 mm., worming affecting words throughout book, lacks ff. 193 & 195, edges frayed, not bound.
Paragraph 1    An extremely rare first edition of a Ladino prayer book. The work was unknown to bibliographers until A. Marx revealed it in Zeitschrift fur Hebraische Bibliographie 9 (1905). Translated by R. Abraham Assa, the single most important contributor to the Ladino literature of all times.
   Liturgy for the entire year translated to Ladino. Includes an unknown custom regarding Avot. Traditionally Avot has been recited on the Sabbath afternoon prior to the Minha service. This prayerbook calls for the recitation, limited to several introductory and final sentences (provided with Ladino translation), during the Musaf service.

Ladino religious literature had its origins in pre-expulsion Spain, it was only in exile, however, that it really developed. The major original translations include the Book of Psalms (Constantinople, 1540); the Pentateuch (Constantinople, 1547); the Prophets (Salonika, 1572); and a complete translation of the Bible by R. Abraham ben Isaac Assa (Constantinople, 1739–45), which became the most popular text among the Sephardi communities of the East.

Paragraph 2    אין ליבראן אי אין לאדינו... לאדינאדו על יד... ר' אברהם אסא... סידור כמנהג הספרדים עם תרגום לאדינו. בראש הספר הקדמת המדפיס, בלאדינו. דף קנד,ב: שיר בלאדינו, חתום: אברהם אסא. בדף קנה (החסר בטפסים רבים): "מליצה די איל איסטאנפאדור" (מליצת המדפיס) בה נאמר שר' אברהם אלכאחיר מימן את הוצאת הסידור וכן שהוא עומד להוציא לאור תנ"ך עם תרגום לאדינו (נדפס בקושטנדינא תצ"ט). פועלי הדפוס: יהודה ב"ר יעקב אישכנזי[!], יעקב ב"ר שבתי עניו, יחיאל פ'ישיל לוי.
   CD-EPI 0306844; Yaari, Constantinople 376
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Other:    Avot
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Ladino
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica