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ISAAC BEN ABBA MARI OF MARSEILLES (c.1122 – c.1193), Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim (a compilation of the main Halakhic laws), in Hebrew, manuscript on vellum [southern France, late 13th century]
ISAAC BEN ABBA MARI OF MARSEILLES (c.1122 – c.1193), Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim (a compilation of the main Halakhic laws), in Hebrew, manuscript on vellum [southern France, late 13th century]
ISAAC BEN ABBA MARI OF MARSEILLES (c.1122 – c.1193), Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim (a compilation of the main Halakhic laws), in Hebrew, manuscript on vellum [southern France, late 13th century]
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ISAAC BEN ABBA MARI OF MARSEILLES (c.1122 – c.1193), Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim (a compilation of the main Halakhic laws), in Hebrew, manuscript on vellum [southern France, late 13th century]
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ISAAC BEN ABBA MARI OF MARSEILLES (c.1122 – c.1193), Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim (a compilation of the main Halakhic laws), in Hebrew, manuscript on vellum [southern France, late 13th century]

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ISAAC BEN ABBA MARI OF MARSEILLES (c.1122 – c.1193), Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim (a compilation of the main Halakhic laws), in Hebrew, manuscript on vellum [southern France, late 13th century]

A beautiful example of rabbinic cursive script of the 13th century, almost contemporaneous with the author's lifetime.

10 leaves, each 390 x 240 mm, blind-ruled for two columns of 60 lines written in brown ink in a beautiful Provençal Hebrew rabbinic cursive script, ruled space 270 x 160 mm, some headings in Hebrew square script, occasional side notes (a few stains and spots, one leaf cut but not affecting text, else in excellent condition). Bound in grey buckram at the Quaritch bindery.


Provenance:
(1) Sotheby’s, 29 November 1990, lot 56.

(2) Schøyen Collection, MS 705.


Text:
Isaac ben Abba Mari, often referred to as 'Ba'al ha-Ittur', was a Provençal rabbi and author of the Sefer ha-Ittur or Ittur Sofrim, a treatise on Jewish conjugal, civil and dietary laws. It was accepted as an authoritative halakhic treatise by the great rabbinical authorities of Spain and Germany. Both the manuscript and the printed editions (Pt. 1: Venice, 1608; Warsaw, 1801; Pt. 2: Lemberg, 1860) of the text of the Sefer ha-Ittur are faulty to the extent of the deletion of entire lines, rendering its study difficult.

The present text is from part 2, concerning the laws of forbidden portions of meat, laws of the phylacteries (tefillin), fringes (zizit) and of marriage.
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