BIBLE, in Hebrew -- HAGIOGRAPHA. Sefer Mishlei (Proverbs), with commentary by Immanuel ben Solomon ben Jekuthiel of Rome. Edited(?) by Hayyim ben Isaac Halevi Ashkenazi. [Naples: Joseph ben Jacob Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser, between 28 March and 26 September 1487].
Chancery 2o (261 x 195 mm). Collation: 1-108 1110 128 136 (1/1r: introduction by Immanuel ben Solomon; 1/1v, line 12: beginning of the Biblical text, the initial word within a decorative woodcut white-vine border [42 x 130 mm.]; 1/1v, col. 2, line 13: beginning of the commentary; 13/6r, line 38: colophon by the editor [proofreader? or typesetter?]; 13/6v: blank). 104 leaves. Unfoliated, no catchwords. Signed to the fold. In a number of quires (3rd, 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th) some signatures are printed on the verso of a conjugate leaf in the second half of the quire. Headlines somewhat irregularly used on recto and verso pages. Double column, the commentary continuing under the column of text. 36-45 lines (varying); a page of 45 lines, with headline, measures 202 (212) x 133 mm; a page of 36 lines, with headline and signature, 161 (171, 175) x 133 mm. Types: 1:185 H. (square), unvocalized, for the initial word of Proverbs only; 2:120 H. (square), vocalized for the text, unvocalized for the running titles and keywords in the commentary; 3:90 H. (semi-cursive) for the commentary and the signatures. Line fillers. (Some dampstaining, occasional marginal worming, small marginal chips to first two leaves.) Modern blind and gold-tooled dark brown morocco, edges mottled, striped and stained blue-green in the 17th century, early front flyleaf preserved.
PROVENANCE: a few marginal annotations; a few traces of expurgation.
Second part of an edition of the Hagiographa, completing the edition of the Bologna Pentateuch of Abraham ben Hayyim of Pesaro, 25 January 1482 (Goff Heb-18) and the Soncino edition of the Former and Latter Prophets by Joshua Solomon ben Israel Nathan Soncino, 1485 (Goff Heb-22 & 24).
BIBLE, in Hebrew -- HAGIOGRAPHA. Iyov - Nechemyah (Job, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Ruth, Esther, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah [lacking Chronicles]), with commentaries by Levi ben Gershom, Solomon ben Isaac and Joseph ben Simeon Kara. Edited(?) by Samuel ben Samuel of Rome. Naples: Joseph ben Jacob Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser, 9 Tishri 5247 [= 5248] (= 26 September 1487).
Chancery 2o. Collation: Section I, Job: 1-68 (1/1r-v: introduction by Levi ben Gershom [Gersonides]; 1/2r: beginning of the biblical text and the commentary, the initial word in woodcut letters within woodcut white-vine border [42 x 130 mm.]; 6/8v, line 26: end of the Book of Job). 48 leaves. Section II, Song of Songs: 218 (1/1r: blank, 1/1v: beginning of the biblical text and the commentary of Solomon ben Isaac [Rashi], the first verse within woodcut white-vine border [42 x 132 mm.]; 1/8r, l. 6: end of commentary; 1/8v: blank). 8 leaves. Section III, Ecclesiastes: 3110 (1/1r: beginning of the biblical text and the commentary by Rashi; 1/10r, l. 40: end of commentary; 1/10v: blank). 10 leaves. Section IV, Lamentations, Ruth, Esther, Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah: 41-438 8 12 (1/1r: beginning of the biblical text of Lamentations with commentary by Joseph ben Simeon Kara; 1/5r: beginning of Ruth with commentary by Rashi; 1/8r: beginning of Esther with commentary of Rashi; 2/5r: beginning of Daniel with commentary by Rashi; 4/2r: beginning of Ezra-Nehemiah with commentary by Rashi; 5/12r, l. 31: end of the biblical text of Nehemiah; 5/12v: blank). 42 leaves (of 44, lacking sheet 3/2.7). Together 108 (of 150) leaves (lacking Section V, Chronicles, with the commentary of pseudo-Solomon ben Isaac, 51-558). No foliation, no catchwords. Signed to the fold (the signatures sometimes left out and with errors). In quire 5 the second leaf is unsigned but the conjugate seventh leaf verso is signed 5.2. The same phenomenon is found in quires 21, 42, 43, 4. Quire 4 is signed '3', quire 4 is signed '4'. Headlines somewhat irregular on the recto and verso pages. Double column, the commentary continuing under the column of text, sometimes the other way around, sometimes the two columns side by side. Number of lines irregular. A page of 43 lines, with headline and signature, measures 195 (202, 208) x 133 mm. Types: 1:185 H. (square) for the initial words of Song of Songs only; 2:120 H. (square), vocalized, for the text, unvocalized for the headlines; 3:90 H. (semi-cursive) for the commentary and signatures. Printed line fillers. Mixed paperstocks: watermarks Crown, Column, Mermaid and Bird-in-Circle. (Old blank paper inserted in place of the missing sheet 3/2-3/7 in Section IV, lacking Section V as above, some marginal worming, occasional dampstains.)
Third part of the same edition of the Hagiographa.
REFERENCES: Hain 8346 (II); Adler 13; Artom 21; BAVI Heb-10; Cassuto 23; CIBN Heb-11; Cowley p. 74; De-Rossi I, 18; Duff p. 195; Fava e Bresciano 260; Freimann 13; Ginsburg 4,3; Goff Heb-26; Goldstein 51; Hill 13; IBH 1606; IBP 2668; IGI E 23; Madsen 1896, 4307; Marx 17; Mead 3870; Oates 2523, 2524; Offenberg 46; Ohly-Sack 1382; Polain 9141 (8978e); Proctor 6726; cf. Sander 3615; Steinschneider 5; Tamani (Parma) 21; Tamani (Piacenza) 14; Thesaurus A 59; VB 3176; Wachstein 96; Zedner p. 125.