Psalms, Zhitomir 1860's (44064)

תהלים - Bible - Hasidic - Unrecorded

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Lot Number: 44064
Title (English): Psalms
Title (Hebrew): תהלים
Note: Hasidic - Bible - Psalms
City: Zhitomir
Publisher: אריה ליב שפירא
Publication Date: 1860's
Estimated Price: $5,000.00 USD - $10,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

[2], 231-315 ff., quarto, 230:195 mm., nice margins, age, damp, and use staining, initial two ff. from a shorter copy, ff. 309 & 315 in facsimile. A good copy bound in modern leather over boards, rubbed.

Not in CD-EPI or NLI.


Detail Description

Tehillim with a running YIddish translation, apparently part of a prayerbook. The recital of the whole Book of Psalms is widespread, whether as an act of piety by saintly individuals, or by groups of unlearned people. For this purpose "societies of reciters of psalms" (hevrot tehillim) were and continue to be formed, and in recent times a special society has been formed in Jerusalem whereby two separate groups recite the whole Book of Psalms daily at the Western Wall. The psalms are included in their entirety in all large prayer books.

In 1847 the Shapira printing press was established by the three brothers Hanina Lipa, Aryeh Leib, and Joshua Heschel Shapira, sons of R. Samuel Abraham Abba Shapira, the printer in Slavuta. Until 1862 this was one of the only two Hebrew presses the Russian government permitted to operate in the whole of Russia, the other being in Vilna. This press had 18 hand presses and four additional large presses. In 1851 Aryeh Leib broke away and established his own printing press in Zhitomir. In these two establishments only sacred books of every kind were printed.             


Hebrew Description

סדר תהלים, באותיות גדולות, עם פירוש עברי-טייטש. ספר התהילים בשלמותו כולל כל סדרי ה"יהי רצון", ללא סדר מעמדות המוזכר בשער.


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