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May 25, 2021
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Three Books in One Volume: Chelkat Mechokek – Venice, 1603 / Lev Chacham – Constantinople, 1586 (Only Edition) / ...

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Three Books in One Volume: Chelkat Mechokek – Venice, 1603 / Lev Chacham – Constantinople, 1586 (Only Edition) / Meir Iyov – Riva di Trento-Venice, 1562-1567 – Original Leather Binding with Leather Strap Closures
Three books published in Venice and Constantinople in the 16th-17th centuries, bound together:
• Chelkat Mechokek, commentary on the Book of Iyov, by R. Moshe Alshech. Venice: Zuan di Gara, [1603]. First edition.
• Lev Chacham, commentary on Kohelet, by R. Shmuel Aripul. Constantinople: David Kasti and Eliezer son of Isaac Ashkenazi, [1586]. Only edition.
The author, R. Shmuel Aripul, was a rabbi in Safed in the times of the Arizal. A disciple of R. Moshe di Trani.
• Meir Iyov, commentary on the Book of Iyov (with the text of Iyov), by R. Meir son of R. Yitzchak Arama. [Riva di Trento]-Venice: Antonio Bruin and Giorgio di Cavalli, [1562-1567].
This edition of Meir Iyov was printed in two different places: the gatherings of the first half of the book were printed in Riva di Trento in 1562, while the rest of the gatherings were printed in Venice, 1567 (there are perceptible differences in the typeface and typography between the two parts). There are differences between copies as to the first gathering. In this copy, the first gathering (including title page) was printed in Venice (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 182214 and 182224).
Several inscriptions in Italian script on title page of Chelkat Mechokek. Inscription in tiny characters: " I purchased it from R. Refael Verona, who said he was selling it in order to buy food and clothing for the orphan, Rosa daughter of R. Yisrael Morello"; followed by the signature: "Shmuel Ghiron"; inscription at the top of the title page (mostly trimmed): "That which G-d granted his young servant, Yaakov HaLevi[?]…1605".
Handwritten inscriptions on the blank leaf at the end of Chelkat Mechokek (in Hebrew and Italian): "I, Moshe Artom".
Three books in one volume. Chelkat Mechokek: 103 leaves. Lev Chacham: 80 leaves. Meir Iyov: 124 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including large dampstains to some leaves. Minor worming to Chelkat Mechokek. Significant worming to final leaves of Meir Iyov, affecting text, partially repaired with paper. Marginal tears to two leaves, with minor loss to text. Tears to title page of Meir Iyov, and tear to final leaf of Chelkat Mechokek, repaired with paper (without loss of text). In Meir Iyov, leaves trimmed close to text, affecting leaf numerals. Scribbles, inscriptions and many ink stains to several leaves of Lev Chacham. Censorship deletion of several lines on one leaf of Meir Iyov. Original leather binding, with leather strap closures. Damage to binding.
Censors' signatures on final leaf, including signature of censor Dominico Irosolimitano – a Jewish convert to Christianity, who became a notable censor of Hebrew books in Italy. He compiled Sefer HaZikuk (Book of Expurgation) intended for Christian censors of Hebrew books.

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