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Shirat Dodi, R. Abraham Samuel of Venice, Venice 1719

שירת דודי - Only Edition

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  • Lot Number 51341
  • Title (English) Shirat Dodi
  • Title (Hebrew) שירת דודי
  • Note Only Edition
  • Author R. Abraham Samuel of Venice
  • City Venice
  • Publisher Nella Stamparia Bragadina
  • Publication Date 1719
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 1921904
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Physical Description:

Only edition, octavo, 20 ff. 160:104 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A good copy bound as issued, in marbled paper over card, rubbed..


Detailed Description:   

Only edition of this unusual attractive versified work on the halakhot in Mishnayot of tractate Shabbat by R. Abraham Samuel of Venice. At the end of the book is a pizmon le-Shabbat. Shirat Dodi has several attractive head and tail-pieces\

R. Abraham Samuel of Venice was a Talmudist, preacher, and liturgical poet. He flourished about the middle of the sixteenth century. He was a pupil of R. Abraham Motal, rabbi of Salonica, and later became teacher and preacher at Istib (Rumelia). He died childless about the year 1650. In order to prevent his name from falling into oblivion, R. Nissim ben Moses Cohen of Venice published, in 1719, a part of his manuscripts under the title, "Shirat Dodi" (The Song of My Friend), a versification of the halakot contained in Mishnah Shabbat. As poetry it has no value whatsoever, as might have been expected, considering the dry legal matter he had to handle. The authorship of the תוכחות, printed in the "Nagid u-Meẓawweh," p. 22 (Amsterdam, 1712), can not be ascribed to him. Inasmuch as the memorial formula זצ"ל is omitted after his name, the author of the tokaḥot must have lived after 1712, whereas Abraham Samuel died about 1650. The writer of these tokaḥot is called Abraham ben Samuel, and not Abraham Samuel.


Hebrew Description:

יסדה וחברה ... נעים זמירות ישראל כמוהר"ר אברהם שמואל תנצ"בה. הועתקה מספרו הגדול ... אשר לרוב ההוצאה לא הובא אל בית הדפוס ... ולהבין אמרותיו ... נכתב בצדו פירוש המלות זרות [מאת נסים דוד ב"ר משה הכהן].

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Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000106967; BE shin 1350; JE