Mesillat Yesharim, R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramhal), Amsterdam 1740 (44413)

מסילת ישרים - First Edition

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Lot Number: 44413
Title (English): Mesillat Yesharim
Title (Hebrew): מסילת ישרים
Note: First Edition
Author: R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramhal)
City: Amsterdam
Publisher: דפוס נפתלי הירץ לוי רופא
Publication Date: 1740
Estimated Price: $5,000.00 USD - $10,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition. [6], 63 ff., octavo, 158:98 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in modern vellum over boards, marbled paper slipcase.


Detail Description

First edition of rare lassical ethical work by R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramhal, 1707–1746). It was the opinion of the Vilna Gaon, (Gr”a) that, because of the Mesillat Yesharim, R. Luzzato had a greater understanding of the tenets of Judaism than could be attained by any other mortal. Furthermore, the Gr”a stated that if Luzzatto were alive in his generation, he would go to him, from Vilna to Italy, by foot, in order to sit at his feet and learn from him. The title page is dated, “for from it are the issues of life תוצאות חיים (541=1781)” (Proverbs 4:23). The title pages says that this is the second edition, but that is not correct, having been preceded by the Amsterdam (1640) and Zolkiew (1766) editions. The volume concludes with an index of the chapters and an index of the contents by chapter.

The Mesillat Yesharim has been frequently reprinted and translated into a number of languages, including several English translations.


Hebrew Description

כולל כל ענייני מוסר ויראת ה'. חברו... ר' משה חיים לוצאטו נר"ו: הובא לבית הדפוס והוגה... על ידי... ר' יעקב בכ"ר אברהם בשן זצ"ל ומשנהו... ר' דוד בן... ר' רפאל מילדולה...

עם הקדמות ושירים מאת המגיהים, שנשמטו בהוצאות הבאות.
דף נד-סג, א: מפתח פרקי הספר ומפתח הענינים היותר עיקרים שבספר.
נשמט ברוב ההוצאת הבאות.
דף סג,ב: חתימה.

הסכמות: רבני אמשטרדם: ר' דוד ישראל עטיאס ור' יצחק חיים ן' דנא די בריטו, וישלח ת"ק;
ר' רפאל ב"ר אלעזר מילדולה, באיונה, יט טבת ת"ק.



Reference Description

CD-EPI 0175421; EJ