Fyorda; Bi-Defus Hayim Ben Tsevi Hirsh, 1752. Item #36487
Original Boards. 8vo.  pages. 22 cm. First edition of Iturei Bikurim. In Hebrew. Pirush Ha-Torah, (Commentary to Pentateuch) , with super-commentary Iturei Bikurim by Baruch ben Elkanah of Furth. With Hebrew inscriptions from former owners of Lithuanian community of Pumpian; with halachic novellae of former owner covering the blank. Jacob Ben Asher (known as Ba'al ha-Turim) , German codifier and Biblical commentator; died at Toledo, Spain, before 1340; “Jacob also wrote a comprehensive commentary on the Pentateuch (Zolkiew, 1806) , containing the best expositions of the peshat ('literal meaning') by earlier Bible commentators, such as Saadiah Gaon, Rashi, Abraham Ibn Ezra, David Kimhi, and others, in particular abstracting 'the straightforward explanations' from the commentary of Nahmanides and disregarding the kabbalistic ones, since 'my soul has not entered its secret' (cf. Gen. 49: 6) . When Jacob added his own opinions it was usually to explain the reason for a Torah law or mitzvah. To the beginning of each section, he added 'as a little appetizer, gematriot and explanations of the masorah, in order to attract the mind. ' Ironically, it was just these 'appetizers' that were published (under the title Perush ha-Torahle-R. Ya'akov Ba'al ha-Turim (Constantinople, 1500 and 1514) ) some three centuries before the main part of the work, and it was this portion only which was widely known for many generations. ” (2008 EJ) . Title-page has beautiful ornamental border, historiated title. Published in Fürth by Hayyim b. Tzvi Hirsh. Printed on ragpaper. Vinograd Furth 224. Subjects: Gematria. Bible. Pentateuch – Commentaries. Oclc lists 13 copies. Rear board and backstrip absent, needs rebinding. Otherwise fresh. Good condition. (SPEC-39-51).