Birkot Maharam, Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg, Riva di Trento 1558 (49812)

ברכות מהר"ם ‬- First Edition

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Listing Details

Lot Number: 49812
Title (English): Birkot Maharam
Title (Hebrew): ברכות מהר"ם
Note: First Edition
Author: Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg
City: Riva di Trento
Publisher: Jacob Marcaria
Publication Date: 1558
Estimated Price: $8,000.00 USD - $10,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition, 18 ff., 16 mo., 140:84 mm., nice margins, light age staining, full restoration, final in facsimile, bound in modern full leather over boards.


Detail Description

A manual on benedictions for food by R. Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg (Maharam). R. Meir wrote extensively; among his works are compilations of laws for special purposes, such as Hilkhot Shehitah (on the laws of rit­ual slaughter), Hilkhot Avelut (Semahot, on the laws of mourning), and Piskei Eruvin (on the laws of Eruv). Another of these specialized works is on the laws of benedictions, often cited by Mahararn's students, and likely this book, which may have been part of a larger work.

The title page of this small book, it measures about 15 cm., is simple, devoid of any ornamentation and is dated Kislev, 319. The colophon gives the date of completion as Friday, 8 Kislev, 319 (November 28, 1558), indicating that the entire book was set in less than a week. The brief text states that it will enable a person to know when he should make blessings on all manners of food and drink. Similarly, Jacob Marcaria writes in a brief forward, that as Haral (our sages) said, "Whomever derives benefit from this world without [reciting] a blessing commits meilah (equivalent to the misappropriation of Temple property, a capital offense, Berakhot, 35a). We therefore took it upon ourselves to print this book, small in size .... " Birkot Maharam is accompanied by extensive annotations from an unidentified source. The book is completed with the text of several blessings.

Birkot Maharam is one of several small-format books, measuring 15 cm., printed by the Riva di Trento press. Others include the Sifer ha-Minhagim of R. Abraham Klausner (1558) and Massa Cei Hizmyon of R. Benjamin ben Abraham Anav (1560).


Hebrew Description

בו יודע איפה יברך גבר... על כל מיני מאכלו ומשקו...

מעבר לשער: הקדמה "אל עין הקורא", מאת יעקב מרקריאה.

הגהות רבות מפוזרות בספר ולא נזכר עליהן שם מחברן.



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000145195; Marvin Heller, 16th Century Hebrew Book, pp 470-471