Emunah and Geulah
Wondrous lessons on Emunah and Geulah discusses topics of the birth pangs of Mashiach, the war of Gog U’Magog, future redemption, the eternity of the soul, Gan Eden, Gehinnom, the World To Come, mans creation, resurrection of the dead and words of mussar and comfort by Rabbi Machir ben Rabbi Yitzchak Sar Chessed.
Rabbi Machir ben Rabbi Yitzchak Sar Chessed’s family traces its lineage back to the Kingdom of Dovid, and the father Rabbi Yitzchak Sar Chessed was among those expelled from France in1306.
The author’s name does not appear in the sefer but Sefer hakabbalah attributes Avkas Rochel to Rabbi Machir (see Seder Hachachamim V’Koros Hayamim, Oxford, 1888, p. 105). The Rema’s glosses on Sefer Yuchsin indicate that the author lived in the times of Rabbi Yehuda ben HaRosh, during the late 13th century and early 14th century.
Avkas Rochel was printed by the famous Jewish printer Gershom Soncino whose printer’s emblem of a fortress surrounded by verses from the Scriptures appears upon the entire last page. Soncino began using this emblem in the Rimini edition.
This was the final book printed by the Soncino family in Italy. In 1528, Soncino repatriated to Turkey.
A printer’s emblem, also referred to as a mark, device, emblem or insignia is a symbol used as a trademark by early printers starting in the 15th century in order to clearly assign the book to the press.
The practice came into effect in the early days of book printing. A complete study of Hebrew printers’ emblem was published by the famed Jewish bibliographer Avraham Yaari.
This sefer was originally printed in Constantinople, 1516, but it was arranged differently in this edition with three volumes instead of six and edited precisely. It has since always been printed in this format.
Very rare copy. No copy in the Jerusalem National Library.
Rimini, 1526. Gershom Soncino Press.  leaves. Page size: Approximately 19 cm. New leather binding. Several stains and slight professional restoration of several page margins.
Owners’ signatures in Italian: Asher Vitirbo (Paris rabbi);
For further description of content, see Ben Yaakov p. 6 #123
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