Amsterdam: Albertus Magnus, . First edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. , 303pp. (+ 304pp. Hebrew pagination interleaved), 50pp.  51-54pp.  7pp. (Hebrew pagination) . Period black pebbled leather boards. Brown calf spine with raised bands. Gauffered edges. Publisher's woodcut device on the title page as well as decorative woodcut tailpieces throughout. Disbound in original bingding (binding copy). Printed date of 5447 (Jewish Calendar), equivalent to 1687.
This fascinating work created by Sephardic Jewish scholar Isaac de Mattathias Aboab (1631–1707) is a diverse Hebrew-Spanish (Ladino) bilingual collection of prayers, blessings and related instructions, produced for ex-converso Spanish and Portuguese Jews of the Amsterdam Sephardic community. The idea of the publication being to create a comprehensive handbook for the year's prayers, as relating to the various Jewish Holidays and festivals, to help these individuals and families as they reestablish there Jewish traditions, after centuries of persecution on the Iberian peninsula. In addition to the standard yearly prayers the book also includes a Passover Haggadah, a Jewish liturgical calendar, instructions for constructing a Mikveh, prayers for the sick, last rites, and at the end, a sections of prayers for martyrs burned at the hands of the Inquisition. Includes a detailed table of contents at the back of the book. Also includes a small engraved diagram relating to the Jewish calendar on p.50 of the final paginated section. Introduction at the front in Portuguese and Hebrew, by Benjamin Senior Godines, whose engraved frontispiece is missing from this copy. Following the introduction are approbations from Aboab, Jacob Sasportas and Selomoh de Oliveira. Spanish and Hebrew only single-language editions of this publication, from the same year, are believed to exist as well.
Text throughout in Hebrew and Spanish, with occasional Portuguese.
Binding with the original metal clasps removed. Rubbing to corners. Book block completely disbound. Some small abrasions along the top edge of the book block result in some small tears at the top of a few pages. Pages throughout for the most part clean and vibrant. Except for the missing engraved frontispiece, all other content is believed to be present. Front free endpaper contains a informative bibliographic cutting, pated on, from a previous owner. Binding in poor condition. poor. Item #47647
Hebrew title: סדר ברכות
Alternate: מאה ברכות
Bibliographic references: -PALAU V p.361, -Peeters-Fontains, No.998, -Vinograd Amsterdam 536. -Fuks (HTN) II 607, Roest 734. - Cat. Magnus 1967 12, -Abramsky, VII 441; Hebrew Bibliography
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