Lot 32: Lu'ach Birkat HaNehenin, by the Admor HaZaken, Ba'al HaTanya - Zholkva, 1801 - Mahadura Kama Printed in the Author's Lifetime
15 November 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Sefer Lu'ach Birkat HaNehenin and Seder Netilat Yadayim, by the Admor HaZaken Rebbe Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Ba'al HaTanya. Zholkva, . The words "In the Shklov community" are enlarged on the title page, whereas the name of the place of printing "Zholkva" is written in small letters. Second edition printed during the lifetime of the author, based upon the 1800 Shklov edition, which did not survive or was archived by the author. This is the first extant edition. This is the "Mahadura Kama" which preceded the revised enlarged "Mahadura Batra", printed by the Admor HaZaken, Ba'al HaTanya in his siddur in Shklov 1803, titled Seder Birkot HaNehenin. Written on the title page of this book: "Brought to print with accurate editing and with the omissions which appeared in the first editions printed in Shklov". This attests to the fact that this edition was preceded by another which was printed in Shklov. This reference to another edition is concurred by another source - a question presented to the Rebbe, author of Tzemach Tzedek (Tzemach Tzedek responsa, Sha'ar HaMilu'im, Part 3, p. 57) in which the 1800 edition printed in Shklov is mentioned. That edition is not extant. We can only speculate if it was printed by the Rebbe, the Ba'al HaTanya himself or with his permission or perhaps by one of his Chassidim. Possibly it was archived by his order due to its being a Mahadura Kama. The edition offered here was printed at the same time by the Galician publisher R. Ya'akov son of R. Naftali Hertz of Brody, who copied the Shklov edition. He also printed another edition in Lvov (year unknown). These editions have approbations which the publisher acquired with an addition of the title page text and of his own closing passage found on the last page. , 2-27,  leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor wear. Slight worming. New binding. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 262. See: Liberman, Ohel Rachel, Part 1, NY 1944, p. 144; Mondshine, Sifrei HaHalacha shel Admor HaZaken, NY 1984, p. 202 and onward.