Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Motza Pi Hashem, Hamishah Humshe Torah

Mantua: Eliezer Shlomo M'Italiyah (Eliezer Shlomo of Italy), [1779]. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. [4 leaves], 532, 124 (all double-sided leaves). Rebound in modern half red-brown leather over black marbled heavy stock paper boards. Gilt device, and gilt lettering over a black label on the spine. Multi-colored ribbon marker. Modern endpapers. The extremely scarce work contains the Pentateuch (Torah) organized according the customs of the weekly readings (parashot) to be used by Jews during weekly services. Also included in a final separate pagination are the Five Scrolls of the Hebrew bible, to be read during Jewish festivals, followed by all the additional haftarot readings (from the Prophets section of the bible) throughout the year traditionally read after the Torah portion. Each page of Biblical text is facing the corresponing text of the Targum Onkelos in Aramaic. Marginal printed text further breaks down each portion of the readings by aliyah. The book includes a section at the front containing a calendar of Torah readings as well as fasts and holidays for the for the proceeding 120 years. The verso of the title leaf includes a decorative woodcut publisher's device surrounded by the Hebrew phrase "Tzadik K'Tamar Yifrach" (A righteous person, like a date palm, will bloom). Additional woodcut borders, as well as head and tailpieces are printed throughout.

Text in Hebrew, including some Rashi script.

Binding with some minor to light rubbing along the edges paper boards. Interior with some sporadic minor water stains, pencil markings, and/or small closed tears, mostly in the margins. The second page of the book of Leviticus (Va'Yikrah, leaf 245) is torn along the edge, resulting in some loss of text. Binding quite tight. Binding in near fine, interior in very good- condition overall. Quite scarce. vg- to near fine. Item #48074

Hebrew title: מוצא פי יי
Alternate title: 'מוצא פי ה
Subtitle: חמשה חומשי תורה
Publisher: אליעזר שלמה מאיטליה, במנטובה
Alternate transliteration: Motza Fi Hashem, Hamisha Humshei Torah, Chamisha Chumshei Torah

References: Vinograd, v.2, p. 472; Mantua #494

*The later editions of this work (also from the same publisher, including 1787 and 1789) are known to include at least one engraving, and theTargum Onkelos.

Price: $750.00

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