Naftali Seva Razon, R. Naphtali Herz Ginzburg, Hamburg 1708 (49322)

נפתלי שבע רצון - Only Edition

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Lot Number: 49322
Title (English): Naftali Seva Razon
Title (Hebrew): נפתלי שבע רצון
Note: Only Edition
Author: R. Naphtali Herz Ginzburg
City: Hamburg
Publisher: Thomas Rose
Publication Date: 1708
Estimated Price: $300.00 USD - $600.00 USD
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Physical Description:

Only edition. 110 [i.e.109] ff., folio, 288:190 mm., nice margins, initial 2 ff. with small loss, age and damp staining, bound in  recent cloth over boards.


Detailed Description:   

Only edition of these discourses on the Torah, Megillot, and Haggadah by R. Naphtali Herz ben Shimon Ginzburg. R. Ginzburg belonged to the renowned Gunzburg-Ulma family The title page has an arched frame and the famed Benveniste pressmark, although the book is a Hamburg imprint by Thomas Rose. The title is from, “And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor (Naftali seva razon), and full with the blessing of the Lord; possess you the west and the south” (Deuteronomy 33:23) The title page describes the contents of the book, comparing it to the work of the luhot, honoring both G-d and man. There are approbations from R. Saul of Cracow, R. Saul ben Naphtali Herz Ginzburg, R. Mordecai Sussking ben Mises Rottenburg, R. Hillel, R. Solomon of Zolkiew, R. David Oppenheim, R. Naphtali ha-Kohen, R. Menahem ben Benjamin Katz, R. Joseph ben Yudel, and R. Judah Leib. There is an introduction from R. Ginsburg and an apologia from the editor, also the author. The text is in two columns in rabbinic letters.

An interesting feature of Naftali Seva Razon is that the title page does not give the place of printing and Yaari mistakenly describes it as an Amsterdam imprint in his Hebrew Printers’ Marks. The confusion may be attributed to the statement on the title page that the work “is printed with AMSTERDAM letters,” juxtaposing large and small fonts so that only Amsterdam is prominent. The place of publication is not noted, although the printer’s name, Thomas Ruhyn (Rose), is given. The catalogues of the major collections and of Hebraica listings attribute this work to Hamburg, and the style of the architectural frame with lion and castle insignia is that of Thomas Rose. Rose was not the only printer to emphasize Amsterdam letters, which were highly regarded at the time.


Hebrew Description:   

נפתלי שבע רוצן [!]... חיבור... על התורה וחמש מגילות. ואפס קצהו מן הגדה... מעשה צעצועים מעשה חידודים... אשר... איזן ותיקן וחיקר הרב מוהרר נפתלי הירץ בהרב מוהרר שמעון גינצבורג זצלה"ה. הובא לבית הדפוס... באותיות אמשטרדם

הסכמות: ר' שאול החו' בק"ק קראקא, ברעסלא, ח ניסן תס"ה; ר' שאול ב"ר נפתלי הירץ גינצבורג, פינסק, כה תמוז תס"ד; ר' מרדכי זיסקינד ב"ר משה מרוטנבורק, לובלין, ראש חודש אדר תס"ה; ר' הילל הלוי, ווילנא, ח סיון תס"ד; ר' שלמה מזאלקאוי, סלוצק, [יז] אייר תס"א; ר' דוד אופנהיים, מפראג, הנובר, י מנחם [-אב] תנ"ו; ר' נפתלי הכהן, פרנקפורט דמיין, ג אלול תס"ה; ר' מנחם ב"ר בנימן כ"ץ מבריסק, בוועד מדינת רוסיא, י אלול תנ"ה; ר' יוסף ב"ר ידל, חו' פה (מינסק) הגליל ומ"צפ [ומצודתו פרושה] בק"ק דובנא רבתי, ערב ראש-חודש תמוז, תנ"ח; ר' יהודא ליב, גלוגא רבתי, טוב למב"י [ב אייר] תס"ה.



BE nun 623; Isaac Benjacob, Ozar ha-Sefarim (Vilna, 1880), nun 259 [Hebrew]; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 # 000301282; A. E. Cowley, Concise Catalogue of Hebrew Printed Books in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 1971), p. 501; Joseph Zedner, Catalogue of the Hebrew Books in the British Museum (London, 1964), p. 275; Heller Studies in Bibliography and Booklore 19 (Cincinnati, 1994), pp. 3-20.