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Lot #    9501
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 3:20:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Allegria di Purim
Title (Hebrew)    אליגריאה די פורים
Author    [Ladino] R. Joseph Shabbtai Farhi
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Solomon Belforte & Partners
Publication Date    1902
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   80 ff., 168:102 mm., usual light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and marbled paper boards.
   Story of Purim, with Purim poems and songs. It was the custom, in Ladino communities, to sing special humorous songs called "Komplas de Purim" after the festive Purim meal. There were no prescribed texts; the songs were written by contemporary poets or payyetanim. The songs made fun of Haman, the villain of the Purim story, and were based on the book of Esther and the commentaries of the Talmud. Later poets also poked fun at the observances of the Purim holiday.

Farhi's name does not appear on tp., introduction is signed with his acronym. Farhi is decendant of a family of financiers in Damascus during the 18th and 19th centuries. Members of this family held the position of sarraf ("banker") in the province of Damascus during the 1740s and possibly even earlier. It appears that members of this family also served as officials in the financial administration of the province and during the 1790s the bookkeeping of the provincial treasury was entrusted to them. The status and power of this family reached its climax during the 19th century, when the responsibility for the affairs of the treasury of the provinces of Damascus and Sidon - the center of which was in Acre - was handed over to one of its members. The family could then undertake the financing of large-scale projects, including participation in the financing of the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) expenses, which was within the domain of the governor of the Damascus Province as the organizer of the hajj caravan.

Paragraph 2    איל קואינטו די פורים מרא ב'ילייוזו... לוס מילאגרוס קי מוס איזו מואיסטרו דייו סאנטו דילה אלטורה... [מאת (ישפ"ה) יוסף שבתי פרחי]...

הספר כולו בלאדינו. בסופו שלושה עמודים בעברית. דף עט, ב-פ, א: השכבה של המן הרשע... דף פ, ב: הפיוט "אזכיר חסדי אל נאמן הוא היה לי כאב רחמן". סימן אברהם [חייון בר שלמה נ"ע]. אוצר השירה והפיוט, א, עמ' 105, מס' 2237. כאן לא נדפס השיר כולו אלא החרוזים של סימן "אברהם" בלבד.

   CD-EPI 0159041; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Purim
Language:    Ladino
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica