SIDDUR HA-ARI (and other treatises of Lurianic Kabbalah). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Probably Western Europe, 18th century]
2o (260 x 185 mm). 2 vols. I:  + 132 + 24 (different) leaves; II:  leaves (apparently imperfect, see contents). Various Hebrew and modern lead pencil foliations. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts, fols. 134-156 of vol. I in a different hand, fols. 274-299 of vol. II completed in a Sephardic semi-cursive hand on 3 Sivan 5485 (= 1725) by Hiyya Cohen de Lara, who also copied Neubauer nos. 79 and 117 (lots 131 and 82), and MSS Oxford, Bodleian, Mich. 531, and Moscow, Guenzburg 1095. (Text space of certain sections browned due to corrosive ink, not affecting text, otherwise good condition.) Later diced russia over bevelled wooden boards, covers blind-panelled with blind-stamped arabesque centerpiece ornaments, spines gold-tooled, three paper flyleaves at the front and six paper flyleaves at the back of vol. I, six paper flyleaves at the front and eight paper flyleaves at the back of vol. II, brass chased clasps preserved on both volumes, sprinkled edges.
I. Fols. r-r: 'Tefillah le-khol mitsvat aseh'.
Fols. v-v: blank.
Fols. 1r-132r: Siddur ha-Ari. Siddur with Kavvanot (mystical intentions) by R. Isaac Luria. The continuation of this prayer-book is in vol. II. Not printed, but exists in many manuscripts.
Fols. 132v: blank.
II. Fols. rv: blank.
Fols. 2r-20v: Ma'ayan ha-Chokhma by Abraham Kalmanks. Published in Amsterdam 1652 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 35, no. 199). Missing until the end of chapter 5.
III. Fols. 20v-23r: Kelalim. Two sets of Kabbalistic rules, one of six rules taken from Meir Poppers' Mesillot Chokhmah and the other of 22 rules.
Fols. v-v: blank.
IV. Fols. 133r-293v: continuation of the Siddur ha-Ari of vol. I.
Fols. 294rv: blank.
V. On fols. r-v another hand added the additional treatises sometimes copied with this work: the mystical commentary on Pirkei Avot, R. Israel Saruk's commentary on Luria's hymns for Shabbat and prayers to be recited at the Western Wall according to the Lurianic custom, and prayers by R. Moses ben Nachman. With the exception of Saruk's commentary, which was printed in Tikkunei Shabbat (Oleksinets 1767; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 30, no. 5), the Siddur was not published.
Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 96, 97, p. 29-30; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4761, 4762. (2)