1788 KABBALA RESPONSA CONTROVERSIAL RABBI MENAHEM AZARIAH DA FANO Hebrew-Aramaic
RABBINIC RESPONSA by MENACHEM AZARIAH DA FANO, in HEBREW with some ARAMAIC. DYHERNFURTH (now Brzeg Dolny, Poland) : 1788. Possibly the copy of ISAC BADHAB JERUSALEM, a noted Book Collector and Printer. There are 2 rubber ink stamps on the title page, both in Hebrew, one with a line of English that reads "JSAC BADHAB JERUSALEM". Hardcovers, marbled paper covered boards and sheepskin covered spine, black embossed lettering on spine, 6" x 7.5", 170 pages (85 numbered pages with only every other page being numbered). Engraved Printer's device on the title page and a lovely engraved hunting woodcut at the end. Condition: The covers are rubbed, worn and scraped, leather corners missing, corners worn through; paper label on spine, nonetheless these early covers remain in one solid piece; internally, the front inner hinge is completely split, fully exposing the inner spine of the signatures; the rear inner hinge is hanging on, but a strong tug would pull the covers from the inner text block; the title page has two ink stamps as noted above, and a word or two that has been inked out, there may be blank prelims that are missing, text complete from the title page through the last page, the inner pages are evenly toned with age but remain clean, clear and fully legible; some pages have edge wear and corner creases but remain solid and well bound with their sewn binding. SCARCE 1788 Dyhernfurth imprint of Rabbinic Responsa by Da Fano. You can read about MENAHEM AZARIAH DA FANO and about RABBINIC RESPONSA on Wikipedia and elsewhere on the Internet.