Auction 78 Rare and Important Items
May 25, 2021
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Miflagei Reuven – Zhovkva, 1775 – Copy of Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber Friedman of Sadigura – Title Page Hand-Illustrated ...

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Miflagei Reuven – Zhovkva, 1775 – Copy of Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber Friedman of Sadigura – Title Page Hand-Illustrated in Color
Miflagei Reuven, novellae and commentary on Talmudic tractates, by R. Mordechai Gimpel of Lviv. [Zhovkva, 1775]. Only edition.
Missing title page, replaced by a beautiful hand-illustrated page, with handwritten replacement of the title page text, set in a colorful border, and an illustration of a bird perched on a tree stump. Copy of Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber (Bernyu) Friedman of Sadigura. The illustrated title page bears two of his stamps: one stamp with his name, "Nachum Dov Ber Friedman", and a lion-emblem in the center, and an additional stamp reading "Minchat Shai".
This title page was presumably drawn especially for the rebbe, who would often replace lacking title pages in his books with hand-illustrated ones (see: Kedem Auction 57, item 262; see: R. Zusha Dinkeles, Library of R. Nachum Bernyu, MiBeinei Amudei, Betar 2017, pp. 423-424). The text of the title page is not a copying of the printed text, rather an abridged version, with variations and additions.
Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber Friedman of Sadigura (d. 1883), grandson of Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzhin. He was the son of R. Shalom Yosef and son-in-law of Rebbe Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura. R. Nachum Dov Ber possessed a large library, where he used several types of stamps. Books he inherited from his father were stamped "Nachalat Avotai", books acquired with his money were stamped "Kinyan Kaspi" and books received as a gift (such as the present book) were marked "Minchat Shai".
[1], 32, [27] leaves. Lacking title page, a replacement handwritten illustrated title page was bound in its place. 33 cm. Fair condition. Stains, including dampstains and dark stains. Wear. Marginal tear to title page. Marginal tears to several leaves, not affecting text, repaired in part with paper. Stamps. New leather binding.

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