VITAL, Hayyim (Safed; 1542-1620). Peri Ets Chayyim (with 10 further treatises of Lurianic Kabbalah). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Eastern Europe, 17th-18th century]
2o (320 x 215 mm). 354 leaves, incomplete and misbound. Various partly erroneous foliations. Brown inks. Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts. (Some browning and staining, edges frayed, otherwise good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled brown morocco, edges untrimmed, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
Fols. r-v: originally blank, with numerous later inscriptions on 1r and 2v.
I. Fols. 1r-130v: Peri Ets Chayyim (part 1, Sha'ar ha-Kavvanot) by Hayyim Vital. Includes the preface with a note by an earlier copyist, Raphael Coppio, found in several other manuscripts (not identified as such by Neubauer). First edition: Korets 1786 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 55)
II. Fols. 131r-145r: Part 2, Ta'amei ha-Mitsvot of the same work.
III. Fols. 145v-152r: Sha'ar ha-Kelalim by Joseph Arzin. In the editions of Ets Chayyim this short treatise is printed at the beginning.
Fol. 152v: blank.
IV. Fols. 153r-155r: Extracts from Lurianic kabbalistic works, inter alia from Hayyim Vital's Sefer Kavvanot on Tu Bi-Shvat and Purim.
Fols. 155v-156r: blank.
V. Fols. 156v-159r: Sod ha-Tikkun.
Fol. 159v-164v: blank.
VI. Fols. 165r-203v: Otserot Chayyim by Hayyim Vital. With the glosses by Nathan Spira, as found in other manuscripts. First edition: Korets 1783 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 599, no. 19)
VII. Fols. 204r-253r: Zohar ha-Raki'a by Jacob ben Hayyim Zemah. Based on the commentary on the Zohar from the writings of Hayyim Vital. One of the redactions of this work was published in Korets 1785 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 44).
VIII. Fols. 253v-268v: Kelalim by Hayyim Vital. Eighty-four Kabbalistic rules.
IX. Fols. 268v-270v: Sod ha-Margala from Ma'amar Olam Katan from the school of Israel Saruk (c. 1600).
X. Fols. 271r-277v: Kelalei Abi'a.
XI. Fols. 278r-279v: Kav ha-Middah from Zohar Chadash.
XII. Fols. r-r (in another hand): Mevo She'arim by Hayyim Vital. First edition: Korets 1783 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 22).
Fol. v: blank.
1. At the beginning of the manuscript there are some scribblings and the names Joseph ben ha-Gaon Joshua Rabbi of Krakow, Joshua ben Samuel, Abraham ben Zalman and Saul ben Aryeh Loeb [Levin]. It is possible that the name Joseph ben Joshua refers to the son of the author of Penei Yehoshua, but it cannot be ascertained that it was he who wrote the inscription.
2. Various other loose papers were found in the manuscript, among which, e.g., the beginning of a letter sent from Amsterdam 5523 (= 1762/3) to Zevi Hirsh, the brother of the writer. It was probably sent by Saul Levin to his brother R. Zevi Hirsh Levin.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 76, p. 26; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4743.