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Ben Zekunim, R. Ezekiel David Abulafia, Livorno 1793

בן זקונים - Only Edition

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  • Lot Number 53104
  • Title (English) Ben Zekunim
  • Title (Hebrew) בן זקונים
  • Note Only Edition
  • Author R. Ezekiel David Abulafia
  • City Livorno
  • Publisher אליעזר סעדון
  • Publication Date 1793
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2309021
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Physical Description

Only edition. [2], 78 ff. octavo 175:111 mm. , crisp wide margins, usual light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper over boards.


Detail Description

Only edition of this two-part work on the principles of Talmud and on Psalms by R. Ezekiel David Abulafia. The first leaf has an Italian statement that there is nothing against the Church by Dr. Jacob Bondi followed by facing Italian and Hebrew title pages and an approbation from the rabbis in Livorna, R. Meir Sanginitt, R. Eliezer Sa’adon, and R. Menasheh of Padua.. Next are introductory pages of verse, an additional title page, and the text.  Ben Zekunim is in two parts. The first part, entitled Yesod Olam, is an introduction to the Talmud for young people, based on the Halikhot Olam of R. Jeshua b. Joseph ha-Levi . The final section quotes commendatory statements on the Talmud by gentile scholars such as Galatinus and Basnage . The second part, Mizmor le-David, contains miscellaneous poems and elegies, revealing a fair knowledge of classical mythology and literature, and closes with patriotic poems, e.g., on the educational reforms of Emperor Joseph II. The preface embodies a vigorous vindication of the Hebrew language. This is R. Abulafia’s only published work.<p>R. Ezekiel (Hezekiah) David ben Mordecai Abulafia (Bolaffi, (18th century) was an Italian scholar and poet. His family originated in Aquileia, but he himself lived first in Leghorn and then in Trieste, where he married the daughter of R. Isaac Formiggini. He began to write at the age of 13, but his early compositions (including an elegy on the victims of the disaster in the Mantua ghetto in 1776) were lost. R. Abulafia’s was also the author of  a work Psalms, Shiggayon le-David, which has been lost.<p>Added t.p.: in duas ... Ezechiae David Bolafii ... Ben Zechunim partes distributus ...


Hebrew Description

 נחלק לשני חלקים. החלק הראשון נקרא יסוד עולם, כולל ששה פרקים על כללי התלמוד וכדומה. החלק השני נקרא מזמור לדוד, נחלק לשני מאמרות. כולל שירים ומל[י]צות ... [מאת] חזקיה דוד אבולאפיו, גר ותושב בעיר טריאסטי.  שנת ש'ג'י'ו'ן' ל'ד'ו'ד' י'ח'ז'ק'י'ה'

לכל חלק שער מיוחד. 

דף ג,ב-ו,ב: הקדשות וחרוזים לכבוד הספר, מאת משה אהרן פייאצה, יוסף אליעזר מורפורגו, יצחק בר שלמה לוצאטו ויצחק חיים טיוולי. דף עח: שיר אשר חבר ידיד נפשי ... יוסף חזקיה חיים גאליגו. הסכמת רבני ליוורנו: ר' מאיר סנגויניטי, ר' אליעזר סעדון, ר' מנשה פאדווה, יו תמוז תקנ"ג.  



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000105271; BE bet 1047; EJ