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Lot #    8630
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 12:14:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ma'aseh Hoshev
Title (Hebrew)    מעשה חושב
Author    [First Ed.] R. Raphael Immanuel Hai Ricchi
City    Venice
Publisher    Bragadin
Publication Date    1716
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 36, [1] ff., quarto, 203:151 mm., light damp staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper wrappers.
   Commentary on the building of the tabernacle with many diagrams.

R. Raphael Immanuel b. Abraham Hai Ricchi (1688–1743), Italian rabbi, kabbalist, and poet. Ricchi was born in Ferrara, but when he was two years old his family moved to Rovigo. When he was six his father died and his mother's brother, Jedidiah Rabbino, undertook to provide for the family and the education of the children. On Rabbino's death his son took charge of the family and married Ricchi's sister. At the age of 20 Ricchi began to travel around various Italian cities, making his living as a teacher. Although his great wish was to study Kabbalah with R. Benjamin b. Eliezer ha-Kohen Vitale of Reggio, he had to abandon his aim for economic reasons. In 1717 he was ordained rabbi in Trieste by R. Hillel Ashkenazi of Canea. Emigrating to Erez Israel in 1718, he settled in Safed, where he devoted himself to the study of Lurianic Kabbalah. In Safed he was ordained rabbi by R. Hayyim Abulafia, the rabbi of Safed. Because of a plague that ravaged the country, in which his daughter died, Ricchi left Erez Israel after two years. On his way back to Italy, his ship was captured and taken to Tripoli, but he was released after 40 days. He settled in Leghorn, but later journeyed to Smyrna, Salonika, Constantinople, and London. He spent two years in Aleppo and in 1737 he arrived in Jerusalem, where he stayed for three years. In 1741 he returned to Leghorn to settle business matters connected with his books. While on one of his trips he was murdered by robbers.

Paragraph 2    על מלאכת המשכן (וכליו) שחברתי אני הצעיר עמנואל חי (מק"ק רוויגו ... מרביץ תורה בק"ק גוריציא) בלא"א כ' אברהם ריקי נ"ע ... והוגה בכל כחי ... ידי ... שלמה זלמן מלבוב ... ואלה מוסיף על הראשונים [על דברי המחבר] שבאיזה ממקומן ... כתבתי כמה חידושי' משלי ... והצבתי ... ציונים ... בסדר א"ב ... ולאחרונה יסעו בסוף הס' ... חונים.

דף ד: רמז לסימן סדר פסח אשר יעשה האדם; "התנצלות המגיה ... לא הספיק הזמן למלאות דברי בהדפסת ההקדמה והחדושים שלי". בפנים הוסיף המגיה כמה ציונים. "מהדורא בתרא" הנז' בשער אינה אלא כתיבה בתרא של המחבר. שתי הסכמות נוספות לספר נדפסו בספרו משנת חסידים, אמשטרדם תפ"ז.

   CD-EPI 0167934; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Bindings:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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