Maimonides; Edrai, Yaakov

Published by Turkey (?) 1707 (15th Kislev), 1707
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Original, old vellum-backed sheep. 4to; 72 leafs; 22cm. Handwritten manuscript. In Hebrew. The title translates to "Slaughtering" and refers to Maimonides writings on the laws petertaining to slaughtering animals. Handwritten manuscript written in square and semi-cursive scripts by scribe Yaakov Edrai. Contains three works pertaining to Maimonides’ Hilchoth Shechitah: 1) Rambams Laws of Schechita (pages 1-35) 2) Sheiloth Uteshuvoth (36-64) 3) Shir Leshivim Treifoth by David ben Shlomo Vital (alphabetical poem concerning the 70 types of treifoth) with a lengthy commentary. The section of Maimonides's Laws of Shechitah in the present manuscript contains a variant that does not appear in the published edition - a section entitled Chatzi Hasepher (f. 18a) David Vital, the author of the unusual poem, was a Spanish exile, who settled in Greece, first in Patras, and following the Turko-Venetian War of 1532, in Arta, where he was welcomed as a pre-eminent halachic authority. His most celebrated work, also written in poetic form, is Kether Torah (Constantinople, 1536) a rhymed summary of the 613 commandments in accordance with Maimonides enumeration. No copies listed in OCLC. Signature of previous owner on first leaf. Final leaf contains notes on prayer. Boards are heavily worn with moth damage. Internally Very Clean. (HEB-48-56). Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: Turkey (?) 1707 (15th Kislev)
Publication Date: 1707
Binding: Hardcover

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