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Lot #    8494
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 2:21:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kizzur Sefer ha-Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    קיצור ספר החיים
Author    [Liturgy]
City    Karlsruhe
Publisher    Epstein & Seligman
Publication Date    1805
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   64, 15, [1] ff., 183:115 mm., light age staining, old hand on fly. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Prayers for the ill and deceased. Kizzur Sefer ha-Hayyim is comprised of a series of prayers, many lengthy and confessional, to be recited on behalf of an ill person, deceased, or when visiting a cemetery, primarily the latter instances. The title page describes it as being printed anew with large letters on fine paper with annotations such as were not before, as you can see. With the merit of this we will merit to go up “with singing to Zion” (Isaiah 35:10, 51:11), to see the comforting of Zion and Jerusalem, “to be enlightened with the light of the living” (Job 33:30). The verso of the title page has a prayer to be recited in a mourner’s home after learning prior to saying kaddish. This is followed by introductory material of an ethical and comforting nature and halakhic and instructional matter. Printed with the prayers in a smaller rabbinic font are further pertinent halakhic and instructional matter. The text is followed by a section entitled Sefer ha-Hayyim in Ashkenaz. This section, in Yiddish, is set in Vaybertaytsh. The volume concludes with an index of the prayers. The front end paper has an owner’s signature, dated Jan. 18, 1886.
Paragraph 2    בראשי העמודים: ספר החיים. מהדורה מקוצרת של ספר החיים לר' שמעון פראנקפורט, עם התפילות מ"מענה לשון" כמו בספר החיים הוצאת ווילהרמרשדארף תפ"ג וההוצאות הדומות לה (כנראה על פי פירדא תצ"ח). טו, [1] דף: תפילות באשכנזית, באותיות צו"ר. שמו של המקצר אינו נזכר כאן. בשנים מאוחרות יצאו קיצורים אחדים בשם קיצור (או: קצור) ספר החיים, ואינם דומים זה לזה.
   Vin Karlsruhe 51; CD-EPI 0306564
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica