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Lot #    5993
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 10:10:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Talmud Bavli, Tractate Sabbath
Title (Hebrew)    תלמוד בבלי - מסכת שבת
City    Cracow
Publisher    Prostitz Press
Publication Date    1602
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   159 [i.e. 158, blank], [3], 28 ff., small folio, 286:197 mm., usual browning, title backed in upper margin, ff. 31-32 stained. A good copy bound in modern full calf boards.
   Printed by the Hebrew press set up in 1569 by Isaac b. Aaron of Prostitz, who was trained in Italy and received a 50 years' licence from Sigismund II Augustus. He acquired his equipment from the Venetian printers Cavalli and Grypho and also brought with him from Italy the scholarly proofreader Samuel Boehm. In the next 60 years Isaac and his successors (sons and nephews) produced some 200 books, of which 73 were in Yiddish. The Babylonian Talmud was printed twice (1602–08; 1616–20). All volumes of these editions are extremely rare, many tractates unseen by biblioghraphers. This volume, a popular tractate in Polish Yeshivas, was heavily used and copies have not survived the test of time. A complete copy in good condition is not to be seen.
   Yudlov, Mehlman Collection 152a; Vinograd, Cracow 231; EJ; Heller, Printing the Talmud, pp. 367-381
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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