ff., 16mo., 152:100 mm., light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary wrappers, rubbed with tears.
The Isaac Mehlman copy with his note "uncommon" of fly. From the earliest books printed in Jerusalem.
R. Isaac b. Reuben Albergaloni, (i.e. "of Barcelona") (b. 1043), Spanish talmudist and liturgical poet. In a genizah fragment R. Al-Bargeloni is described as a pupil of R. Hanokh b. Moses and must, therefore, have studied for some
time in Cordoba. His permanent residence was the coastal city of Denia, where he was presumably active as a dayyan until his death. Nahmanides was one of his descendants. R. Abraham ibn Daud extols his learning, including him among the four distinguished contemporaries
of R. Isaac Alfasi, also called Isaac. R. Moses ibn Ezra and Al-Harizi praise his poetical talent, especially his ingenuity in interpolating biblical verses into his poems. This skill is particularly manifest in Isaac's azharot, in which all 145 strophes end
with a biblical quotation. The azharot have been included in most North African rites published since 1655 and have been frequently published, both alone and together with those of R. Solomon ibn Gabirol. Of R. Isaac's other poems there are extant two introductions
to the azharot, two tokhehot (one unpublished), two mi-khamokha, and an ahavah. His halakhic works consist of commentaries to single tractates of the Talmud (not preserved), and a translation from Arabic to Hebrew of R. Hai Gaon's Sefer ha-Mikkah ve-ha-Mimkar
made in 1078. According to R. Simeon b. Zemah Duran (Responsa 1:15), R. Judah b. Barzillai al-Bargeloni was Isaac's pupil.
להגאון רבינו יצחק בר ראובן ז"ל ... וכעת העיר ה' את רוחי ... להעלותם על מזבח הדפוס ... משה בלא"א מו"ה יצחק אדרעי נר"ו ממדינת מארויקוס ... ([שהוסיף] הקדמה).
הסכמה: ר' חיים אברהם גאגין, ירוש[לים], אייר תר"ב.
Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000136814; EJ; Halevy #6; BE 1433; Vinograd 10