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Lot #    9284
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 11:43:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Talmud Bavli, Tractate Berakhot; Seder Zera'im
Title (Hebrew)    תלמוד בבלי, מסכת ברכות; סדר זרעים
Author    [Polemic Edition - The Red Sulzbach]
City    Sulzbach
Publisher    Meshullam Zalman b. Aaron
Publication Date    1755
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [3], 2-100; 87 ff., 336:206 mm., wide margins, old hands on title, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather on wood boards, rubbed.
   Meshullam Zalman b. Aaron (1721–64), succeeded his father as the Sulzbach printer and printed a Talmud edition, 1755–63. His competitor, the Proophs brothers of Amsterdam, obtained from the rabbinical assembly at the Four Council meeting at Staro-Konstantinov (1755) an Herem (injunction), calling on the edition to be destroyed in fire. The Herem was countermanded by the decision of a ten-member rabbinical court presided over by the rabbi of Fuerth, R. David Stanss, who declared that the Amsterdam edition was affordable only by the rich as it was of superior quality and expensive, while the Sulzbach edition was inferior in quality and within the reach of all. Book dealers referred to the edition as "The Sulzbach Red" for the red letters in the title page.

The Sulzbach press printed 702 works, which consisted mostly of siddurim, mahzorim, Bibles, three editions of the Talmud, and popular musar (ethical) literature in Judeo-German. From 1699 until 1851, the year the press shut down, it was held by the Frankel-Arnstein family.

Paragraph 2    עם פירוש רש"י ותוספות ופסקי תוספות כפי אשר נדפס בבסיליא"ה ... בפרנקפורט דמיין ובפרנקפורט דאדר ובבערלין ... ובשיעור דף על דף ממש ועם כמה מעלות טובות... המעלה האחת שהוגה עם הספר... חכמת שלמה של הרב מהרש"ל [שלמה לוריא] וגם עם הספר... חדושי הלכות של הרב מהרש"א [שמואל אליעזר בן יהודה הלוי]... גם חלופי ההגהות גרסאות מהרש"ל ומהרש"א ומהר"ם [מאיר בן גדליה]. המעלה השנית... שנתוסף עוד מראה מקום של מסורת התלמוד ומראה מקום מהתוספות ומראה מקום מהפסוקים ומראה מקום מדיני התלמוד בפוסקים... עין משפט...
   Vin Sulzbach 215; 217; Not in CD-EPI; Rabinowitz, Talmud pp. 120-121.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
Bindings:    Checked
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica