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Lot #    23237
Auction End Date    4/28/2009 11:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kabbalah - Bat Melekh; Zera Kodesh
Title (Hebrew)    בת מלך; זרע קודש
Author    R. Moses Graf (Moses Praeger); R. Simeon Abiob
City    Venice
Publisher    Bragadin
Publication Date    1712
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First editions. 20; 44 ff. octavo 155:90 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins. A good copy bound in modern boards.
   Two independent works printed together by R. Moses Graf (Moses Praeger) and by R. Simeon Abiob, both kabbalists. The two works, both published by R. Abiob, have a single title page but separate foliation. The first title is Bat Melekh by R. Simeon ben David Abiob dealing with kabbalistic questions. The second title is Zera Kodesh by R. Moses ben Menahem Graf (Moses Praeger). There are approbations from R. Naftali ha-Kohen and R. Samuel ha-Kohen Settin, both given to the first edition of Zera Kodesh in Frankfort and reprinted here. In the introduction to Zera Kodesh R. Graf states that his purpose in writing the book is to hasten the coming of the Messiah by popularizing the kabbalistic teachings on that subject which have the ability to effect that event.

R. Simeon ben David Abiob (17th century) was a resident of Hebron, becoming one of that city’s kabbalists. R. Moses ben Menahem Graf (also known as Moses Praeger; 1650–1700/1710), kabbalist born in Prague. After the conflagration in the Prague ghetto (1689), Moses moved to Nikolsburg (Mikulov), where he studied under the kabbalist R. Eliezer Mendel b. Mordecai. He was given lodging and support by R. David Oppenheim, who, like R. Samson Wertheimer of Vienna, encouraged the publication of his writings. Leaving Nikolsburg, Moses attempted to settle in various European cities, reaching Fuerth in 1696 and Dessau in 1698. It is not certain whether he died there or whether he returned to Prague in his later years. Moses' published works include: Zera Kodesh and Va-Yakhel Moshe, a kabbalistic discussion of various portions of the Zohar and of the Adam de-Azilut, with a special commentary on the latter concept entitled Masveh Moshe, introduced and annotated by Samuel b. Solomon Kohen, cantor in Brody (Dessau, 1699). In this last work R. Graf often criticizes the teachings of R. Moses Cordovero and his followers

Paragraph 2    ההסכמות ניתנו למהדיר על "ספר ... זרע קדש ... העיר ה' את רוח ... ר' שמעון ... אבאיוב הספרדי איש חברון להדפיסו עוד הפע' פה ק"ק (פרנקפורט דמיין) בתוספת ... נקרא בת מלך". לפי ח"ד פרידברג, תולדות הדפוס העברי בערים שבאירופה התיכונה, אנטוורפן תרצ"ה, עמ' 68, נדפס ספר "בת מלך" תחילה בפרנקפורט דמיין, בדפוס אנטון היינשייט, אך כל ההוצאה נשרפה בדליקה הגדולה שפרצה בגיטו היהודי ביום כד בטבת תע"א (15 בינואר 1711). ברם נראים הדברים, שבפרנקפורט לא נדפס אלא "זרע קודש" בלבד (מאת ר' משה גראף), והוא נכרך עמו בהרבה טפסים. [ויניציאה תע"ב]. עי': גראף, משה בן מנחם
   BE bet 1781, zayin 669; EJ; JE; CD-EPI 0176460
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica