Hamisha Humshey Torah, Neviim u'Ktuvim Bilshon Ashkenaz.

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Hamisha Humshey Torah, Neviim u'Ktuvim Bilshon Ashkenaz.
(The five books of Torah, Prophets and Writings in Yiddish).
Amsterdam, Uri Feivish HaLevi (printer), 1676-1679.
This translation was completed by Jekuthiel ben Isaac Blitz and features approbations by the rabbi of Va'ad Arba Artzot, as well as by Amsterdam Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbis, dated 1671-1677. The King of Poland had to give special permission for this work to be printed, and his approval appears in Yiddish and Latin on the leaves preceding the title page.

The 1670s in Amsterdam saw the simultaneous printing of two different Yiddish translations of the Bible: the present edition and another, published by Yossef Atias and translated by Joseph Witzenhausen (Yossef ben Alexander). This provoked a feud between the two printers, with mutual accusations of encroachment and the falsification of rabbinic approval. The resulting litigation caused the financial ruin of both printers. For further information regarding this scandal, see: A.M. Haberman, Chapters in the History of the Hebrew Printers, pp. 300-310.


ff. [6], 54, [1], 56-63, [1], 64-193, [1], 195-256, [1], 18; some stains and wear, worming, with professional repairs. Old ownership inscription and stamps, Polish censor stamp to first leaf. Later green leather binding with gilt ornaments, spine faded, housed in a marbled cardboard slipcase.


Vinograd, Amsterdam 424; Fuks 336; Darlow & Moule 4485.   Stock ID: 95121


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