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Nov 24, 2020
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LOT 9:

HaManhig – Constantinople, 1519 – Complete, Wide-Margined Copy

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HaManhig – Constantinople, 1519 – Complete, Wide-Margined Copy
HaManhig, laws, customs and orders of prayers and blessings, by R. Avraham son of Natan (Raavan) HaYarchi (of Lunel). [Constantinople: Solomon son of Mazal Tov, 1519].
Complete copy. Woodcut border on title page.
First edition of HaManhig – a classic and important work on Halachah and customs, composed during the time of the Rishonim. The author, a Provence Torah scholar and disciple of R. Yitzchak the Tosaphist, describes in his preface his wanderings through various cities, where he took note of the customs which vary from one community to another, and relates his decision, in view of this, to compose the present work, while in Toledo in 1103. The book was named by the author Manhig Olam, yet in this first edition, the book was titled HaManhig, and so it is known.
Lengthy printer's colophon on the final page: "…completed on Tuesday, 8th Tammuz 1519 in Constantinople… so says the printer Shlomo son of R. Mazal Tov".
Inscription penciled on the title page: "Hekdesh of the yeshiva of the wealthy senor Rafael Kimchi".
[130] leaves (16 gatherings, 15 comprising 8 leaves each, and final one comprising 10 leaves. Leaves of first half of each gathering numbered). Wide margins. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, including many dampstains. Marginal tear to title page. Marginal tears and wear to other leaves. Worming to title page and several other leaves (slightly affecting border and text). Dark ink stain to colophon on final leaf, affecting several words. New leather binding.

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