Auction 129 Shavuot sale. Chabad, Belongings of Tzaddikim, Manuscripts, Rabbinical letters and Rare books
May 11, 2021
Israel
 3 Shatner Center 1st Floor Givat Shaul Jerusalem
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LOT 47:

Halachot Gedolot, First Edition. Venice, 1548. First Introduction for a Hebrew Book

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Halachot Gedolot, First Edition. Venice, 1548. First Introduction for a Hebrew Book


Halachot Gedolot [Beha"g]. Venice, 1548. First edition of the most important book in halachic literature by the geonim. At the beginning of the book, there is a preface by the author. This is considered the first introduction written for a Hebrew book.


The book includes halachic rulings in Talmudic order by one of the ancient geonim. On the back of the title page, it is written that the author's identity is unknown. To this day, the author's identity has not been determined with certainty. There are those who are inclined to say that it was Rabbi Shimon Keira, one of the Babylonian geonim of the ninth century. Despite the anonymity of the author, the book was accepted across the Diaspora as the most important book of halachic literature by the geonim, and all of the Rishonim refer to this book many times, often using its abbreviation - בה"ג.


[4] 144 leaves, 30 cm. Haberman, HaMadpis Cornelius Aidelkind 51.

Stefansky, Sifrei Yessod 220.

Fine condition: The title page bears an antique owner's signature. Aging stains. Worming holes. Elegant new semi-leather binding and marbleized paper.


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