VITAL, Hayyim (Safed; 1542-1620). Peri Ets Chayyim (and four other treatises of Lurianic Kabbalah). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Eastern Europe, 17th-18th century]
4o (205 x 160 mm).  + 83 + [2 blank] + 180 + [1 blank] leaves, partial old Hebrew and modern lead pencil foliations. Brown ink. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script. Probably by the same scribe who copied Neubauer nos. 58, 65, 77, 88, 100 and 103 (lots 141, 146, 137, 73, 110 and 140). With printed architectural borders in the style of the plates used by the Amsterdam printer Joseph Athias, pasted onto the paper to decorate the titles-pages of texts I, III (detached), and V (partially detached). (Numerous marginal notes folded inside before the book was trimmed by an earlier binder, margins still relatively wide, some browning and staining, otherwise good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front, seven additional older paper flyleaves preserved at the back (foliated 182-188), older sprinkled edges.
I. Fol. r: title Peri Ets Chayyim.
Fol. v: blank.
Fols.1r-67r: Peri Ets Chayyim (part 2, Ta'amei ha-Mitsvot) by Hayyim Vital.
Fols. 67v-75v: blank.
II. Fols. 76r-83v: Tikkun Soferim by Moses Zacuto (c. 1620-1697). Reply to the Rabbis of Cracow concerning the writing of Torah scrolls. Published at the end of the 1881 edition of Menahem Meiri's Kiryat Sefer.
Fols. 84r-86v: blank.
III. Fol. r: title Nof Ets Chayyim.
Fol. v: blank.
Fols. 2r-133v: Nof Ets Chayyim by Hayyim Vital. Redaction of Meir Poppers. Published with the title Likkutei Torah (Zolkiew 1775; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 314, no. 364). On fols. 120-133 some additonal mystical secrets.
Fols. 134r-135v: blank.
IV. Fols. 136r-150r: Nof Ets Chayyim by Hayyim Vital. Branch 3, explanations of legends in the Talmud. In the first redaction by Meir Poppers. Never published. Cf. Y. Avivi, Binyan Ariel (Jerusalem 1987) p. 71.
Fol. 150v-151v: blank.
V. Fol. 152r: title of Ken Tsippor.
Fols. 152v-180r: Ken Tsippor. Abridgement of Menahem Azariah Fano's Kanfei Yonah. Printed in Korets 1786 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 601, no. 64).
Fols. 180v-181v: blank.
Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 75, p. 26; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4740.