Berlin: NP, 535[1774/1775]. First edition. 12mo. 11pp, 350 leaves, 4 pp. Original binding that was repaired with black tape all around. Book is the Talmudic Tractate of Ethics of Our Fathers with the commentary Yein Levanon by Naftali Wessely. The entire cover is detached from book. Title page is slightly detached from front cover. Title page has folds and creases. There are handwritten nots on title page, not affecting text. The third page of the book is creased and had a few tears on bottom. The last few pages of the book have wine stains on the page and the pages are torn on the bottom, affecting txt on the bottom of the pages. There a few tears on various other pages in the book. Last page is torn, affecting text. Text is in Hebrew. The first three pages and the last four pages are indexes. Book in good condition. g. Item #22374
On Naphtali Herz Wessely. (Source: EJ) Naphtali Herz Wessely was born in the Rhine 1725 (died 1805). He was a Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) poet, linguist, and exegete. He studied in the Jonathan Eybeschuetz's yeshiva, read literature and scientific works. He befriended Moses Mendelssohn and contributed to Mendelssohn's translation of the Torah. As a linguist, he strove to arrive at the original meaning of synonyms in the Bible. His assumptions being that there are no synonyms in Hebrew. His commentary to Masekhet Avot concentrates on the linguistic aspects. This edition of Masekhet Avot im Perush Yein Levanon is a first edition, published during Wessely's lifetime.