Yerushalayim : Bi-Defus Y. Bek, 1863. Item #38080
First edition. Period boards. 8vo. 76 pages, 22 cm. In Hebrew. Title translates to “Hidden Desire: Responsa of the Geonim. ” 166 previously unknown responsa from the Geonim and the novellae of R. Solomon ben Abraham Adret (Rashba) on tractate Yevamot. The title page describes it as the responsa of the geonim, the Torah of the rishonim (early sages) , elder rabbis, early geonim, that were concealed and secreted for many hundreds of years in ancient manuscripts and from heaven it came to them to bring that which was unknown to light. The geonim were recognized by the Jews as the highest authority of instruction from the end of the sixth century or somewhat later to the middle of the 11th. Also worth noting is that this responsa was “brought to the publishing house” by then Chief Rabbi of Chabad and cousin to Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson. SUBJECTS: Responsa -- To 1040. Geonic literature. CD- 0138196. OCLC lists 22 copies worldwide. Title page soiled. Ex-library with usual markings. Internally Very Good. Overall Good+ Condition. (HEB-50-29).