Hupat Hatanim, R. Raphael Meldola, Livorno 1797 (48835)

חופת חתנים - First Edition - Matrimonial Behavior - Luxurious Presentation Copy

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Lot Number: 48835
Title (English): Hupat Hatanim
Title (Hebrew): חופת חתנים
Note: First Edition - Matrimonial Behavior
Author: R. Raphael Meldola
City: Livorno
Publisher: Ya'acov Nunis Weis
Publication Date: 1797
Estimated Price: $1,000.00 USD - $2,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition. [19], 88, 88-111 ff., 8 vo., 138:94 mm., usual light age staining, sharp edges in gild, on blue paper, each page in frame. A very good luxurious copy bound in the original maroon morocco over boards, tooled in gild and blind, light rubbing of edges.
 
Rare beautiful presentation copy - With inscription on fly verso of the first recipient that the book was gifted to him by the author.
 

Detail Description

A comprehensive guide to the laws and rules of behavior for the bride and groom from engagement through matrimony.

R. Raphael Meldola, the Author, was a British rabbi and son of Moses Hezekiah Meldola (1725–1791). Raphael was born in Leghorn, received rabbinical ordination there from R. H. J. D. Azulai (Chidah) in 1796, became a dayyan in 1803, and in 1804/05 was appointed haham of the Sephardi community in London—an office vacant since the death of Moses Cohen d'Azevedo in 1784. Energetic and capable, he helped to reform the educational institutions of his community in the face of missionary activities and cooperated cordially with Solomon Hirschel, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi. On the other hand, his belligerent nature was responsible for periodic friction with the members of his community. Notwithstanding his imperfect knowledge of English he corresponded extensively with Christian scholars. Before leaving Leghorn, he had published there Huppat Hatanim (1797), a handbook on the laws of marital life. He also published sermons and memorial poems: part of his catechism Derekh Emunah (The Way of Faith) appeared with his English translation after his death (1848).

 

Hebrew Description

והוא... הלכות... מן היום אשר נגמרו השדוכין עד כי יצא חתן מחדרו וכלה מחופתה... ואחרי כן יבאו שאר דיני נדה...וזאת שנית (הלכות צניעות)... ואל השלשה... (קונטריס מקוה טהרה), מדידה של מצוה בקנה המדה... נסדר ממני... רפאל ס"ט בלא"א חזקיהו מילדולה זלה"ה...

דף [3,ב-4]: שיר ידידות, מאת ר' שמואל ב"ר משה הכהן, פיזא. פותח: בשמחה וגילה אכונן תהלה.

דף [7-5]: "לשון מרפא", הקדמה ושיר, מאת ר' משה אהרן רחמים פייאצה. השיר פותח: אזמר לחותם זרועי במכתם.

דף סא,ב-סט,א: "אגרת הקודש... ששלח הרב ר' משה ב"ר נחמן ז"ל לאחד החברים בענין חבור האדם אל אשתו". נדפסה לראשונה בפני עצמה ברומי ש"ו, ומיוחסת לרמב"ן ולר' יוסף ג'קאטיליה.

דף פב-פז: "קונטריס מקוה טהרה", בענין מדידת המקוה, ועוד.

בסוף: תמצית תשובת ר' עזריאל דייאנה, מכ"י.

 

References

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000147894; EJ