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Lot #    9434
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 2:13:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Midrash Eliyahu
Title (Hebrew)    מדרש אליהו
Author    [Only Ed. - Eulogy] R. Solomon Tavinah
City    Calcutta
Publisher    [Solomon Tavinah]
Publication Date    1888
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 32 ff. 33-40 pp., 184:110 mm., usual light age staining. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Eulogy on the death of R. Elijah David Joseph Ezra by R. Solomon ben עאבד ben Solomon ben Moses Tavinah תווינא. The title page states that it is one of seven discourses delivered on the death of the righteous R. Elijah David. He expresses his entreaty that the other six discourses should be printed. The title page is dated, “You shall arise, and have mercy תרחם (648 = 1888) upon Zion” Psalms 102:14). The verso of the title page has a dedication to the children of the deceased. There is an There is an approbation from R. Elijah Joshua Obadiah of Bagdad, the author’s introduction, and the text, which is in a single column in rabbinic letters. The last pages are set in a smaller font than the earlier part of the book and pagination replaces foliation.

The first Hebrew printing press in Calcutta was founded in 1840 by Eleazar ben Aaron Saadiah Iraqi ha-Cohen and continued until 1856. A scholar and poet, Iraqi was an expert printer who probably cast his own type. The products of his press, some of them his own writings, are comparable with the best European productions of the time. Another press, operated by Ezekiel ben Saliman Hanin from 1871–93, printed the Judeo-Arabic weekly in Hebrew type Mevasser from 1873–78. This paper was followed by Perah (1878–88), printed from 1871 by Elijah b. Moses Duwayk ha-Cohen. Two further weeklies, Maggid Meisharim (1889–1900) and Shoshannah (1901), were edited and printed by R. Solomon Twena, author of almost 70 works published by his own press.

Paragraph 2    ... והוא דרוש אחד משבעה דרושים שהצבתי בדרשותי בנשאי קול הגה ונהי על מות... השר סי' אליה דוד יוסף עזרא ז"ל... (המחבר... שלמה בא"א עאבד [בן] שלמה [בן] משה תווינא).

שם המדפיס על-פי א' יערי, הדפוס העברי בארצות המזרח, ב, ירושלם ת"ש, עמ' 33, מס' 44. בטופס שבספריית ששון נזכר שם המחבר בשער. הסכמה: ר' אליהו יהושע עובדיה, בגדאד, ראש-חודש אדר תרמ"ז.

   BE mem 718: Yaari Mizrah II p. 33 no. 64; CD-EPI 0171969
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    India
Other:    Eulogies
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica