23 June 1999
HANNOVER, Raphael Levi (1685-1779). Tekhunat ha-Shamayim ve-khol Tseva'am u-Mahalakham (treatise on astronomy). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Probably Germany, 18th century]
2o (310 x 200 mm). 41 leaves. Brown ink. Ashkenazic cursive script. (Somewhat dampstained and soiled, cropped with loss of some folio numbers, a few other minor flaws.) Modern blind and gold-tooled deep purple morocco, two modern and one older paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. 1r-29v: text; 30r: additional note on solar eclipses; 30v-31v: blank; 32r-41r: notes on intercalation, also including a list of fairs in German towns (fol. 41r).
The author was a pupil of Leibnitz and completed the treatise in 5490 (= 1730). The text of this manuscript varies somewhat from that of the first edition (Amsterdam 1756; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 69, no. 1742). It is probably not an autograph, contrary to Neubauer's assumption. There are other manuscripts in Oxford and Moscow which are more likely to be autographs, and the writing in them is not identical. MSS Oxford, Mich. 498 and 603, and MS Moscow, Guenzburg 1743 (which is similar to Mich. 498), are all apparently drafts of this work. The work has been reprinted three times in photographic reproductions of the Amsterdam 1787 edition (Bnei Brak 1969, New York 1996, and Bnei Brak 1998), and was published anew in Brooklyn 1988 and Netivot 1997.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 134, p. 38; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4774.
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