23 June 1999
CARDOZO, Abraham Michael (Miguel) (1626-1706). Derush Bekar de-Avraham (kabbalistic-philosophical treatise in defence of the Kabbalah). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Orient, 18th century]
Tall 4o (275 x 200 mm). 38 + [2 blank] leaves. Dark brown ink. Oriental semi-cursive script. (Fol. 1 extremely soiled, upper inner corners of many leaves with repairs, hardly any loss of text, otherwise good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled dark brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front, three additional older flyleaves at the back.
Not to be confused with the treatise Sefer Bekar Avraham by the same author, one of the outstanding leaders of the Shabbatean movement. The present work has never been published, but is found in three other manuscripts.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 124, p. 36; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4790.
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