Sha'ar Bat Rabim Mahzor Helek Rishon: ke-minhag kahal kadosh Ashkenazim [Machzor in Hebrew]
by JUDAICA LITURGY
1711. (JUDAICA—LITURGY). Sha'ar Bat Rabim Mahzor Helek Rishon: ke-minhag kahal kadosh Ashkenazim [Machzor in Hebrew]. Venice: Stamparia Bragadina [for Joseph and Jacob Hai Kohen], [1711-15]. Two volumes. Folio (10-1/2 by 15-1/4 inches), early full elaborately gilt-decorated calf boards rebacked. $3500.Lovely early 18th-century Venetian Ashkenazi prayer book (two of three volumes), printed on thick and high-quality paper with very wide margins. Two folio volumes in handsome contemporary full calf-gilt bindings.""An even larger, grander edition of the Ashkenazi mahzor, containing the liturgy for 'the Sabbath, the Holidays, the New Month as well as for Purim, Tisha B'Av the wedding ceremony and circumcision,' was published in three large volumes in Venice in 1711. Its title page is ornate, in the grand Italian style. Its publishers, Joseph and Jacob Hai Cohen, announce that their prayer book is published for the congregations in Venice: the Ashkenazi, the Sefardi and the Italian; as well as for those of Padua, Rovigo, Verona, Mantua and Casale Monferrato, Gorizia, and their environs. The special authorizations are printed in very large letters on the first two pages; that of the Padua authorities stipulates that as many copies as were published in 1600 may now be published, and the other grants a copyright for twelve years. Approbation by leading rabbis affirms the 12-year period during which no other editions may be published. The publishers had spent a huge sum of money for so grand a publication and wanted to protect their investment"" (Karp, 185-88). Volume I covers through the end of the Pesach machzor; Volume II is siddur for everyday and Shabbat, Selichot, and Rosh Hashana prayers. The third volume (not present) contains Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) and the Yom Kippur prayers. Three leaves in Volume I with margins trimmed away, possibly to remove the illustrations of the zodiacs in the margins of the prayer for rain. Without Volume III (sometimes this large machzor is seen bound in four volumes, with two title pages, as in Steinschneider). Text in Hebrew, with imprint in Latin. Karp, From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures in the Library of Congress, 185-88. Steinschneider 2529 (describing two volumes each in two parts; the present copy conforms with the first part of each volume, i.e., with both engraved title pages present, but without Part 2 of Volume I and Part 2 of Volume II). Vinograd, Venice 1596. Zedner, 467. Early owner ink inscription on title pages. A few neat ink marginalia, a few neatly calligraphed emendations to the Hebrew text.Volume II title page trimmed a little closely. Wine and wax stains and signs of ceremonial usage throughout. A very good copy, beautifully bound, clearly used extensively for ceremonial purposes yet very nicely preserved. (Inventory #: 101001)
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