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    David Ben Solomon Ibn Abi Zimra (RaDBa"Z). [Hebrew Text:] Magan David. [Kabbalistic commentary on the Hebrew Alphabet.] Amsterdam: Asher Anshel & Partners, 1713. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. First Edition. 4to. ¹4,[1]-[13]4. [4],52ff=112pp. Title page in decorative surround, tail-piece. Contemporary vellum, soiled, front hinge split; edges darkened, light foxing; signature of "David Lopes Pereyra, Anno 5474" on front paste-down, book-stamp of the Library of the London Beth Din; light age toning and foxing. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Published from a manuscript owned by David Oppenheim of Prague. Born in Spain, the RaDBa"Z left before the expulsion and settled for a while in Fez, from where he migrated to Egypt. He became the official head of Egyptian Jewry, serving as Dayan and principal of the Yeshivah in Cairo. After reaching old age he journeyed to Jerusalem where he died at the age of one hundred and ten. His fame rests in his responsa and although a Kabbalist, he introduced such notions into his discisions only when not in contradiction with the Talmud. He wrote this tract as a young man. Indeed, gematrioth (numerical values of letters) played an important role in his kabbalistic system. (See: Waxman II,179-81.)  Vinograd, Amsterdam,989. Fuks, Amsterdam, 550. Steinschneider 4850:5. Zedner 204. Cowley 145.

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