Auctioneers of Rare Books, Collectibles and Fine Art

March 2003 Cover

Auction 19 - March 11th 2003

Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art
Including:
A Beautiful Liturgical Illuminated Vellum Manuscript by Nathan ben Samson of Mehzeritch, 1723
A Unique Collection of Contemporary Manuscripts Concerning the Burning of the Talmud in Italy, 1553
A Significant Collection of Documents relating to the Jews of Italy & France
Early Printed Hebrew Books in Magnificent Period Bindings

Highlights of the Sale:
(prices include 15% buyer’s premium)

  • An important collection of manuscripts concerning the printing of the Talmud in Italy, and the subsequent Public Burning of these tomes by order of the Pope in 1555.
    Sold for $149,500. Lot 227.
  • A beautiful liturgical illuminated vellum manuscript of selected prayers by Nathan ben Samson of Mehzeritch, 1728. This fine example of 18th century Jewish art, with particularly well executed illustrations and calligraphy, is in very fresh condition and is being offered at public auction for the first time, having until now remained in private hands. Sold for $59,800. Lot 222
  • An additional highlight in the manuscript section is Maimonides’ The Book of Precepts, 1492. This manuscript includes almost the entire text of Maimonides’ The Book of Precepts in the original Arabic version. There are only six or seven complete or close to complete manuscript copies of the Arabic version extant. Sold for $23,000. Lot 226
  • Hebrew Bible printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 1524. This four-volume set was in fine condition. Sold for $86,250. Lot 38
  • Early printed Hebrew books in magnificent period bindings are also being offered including a Bible in a fine contemporary Grolier-style binding, Antwerp, 1573. Sold for $27,600. Lot 53
  • A Hebrew Bible, an attractive wide-margined copy of an exceptionally rare Venetian edition, dated 1528. Sold for $25,300. Lot 39
  • A book of Rabbinic code by Isaac ben Jacob Alfasi, Venice, 1521-2. This is a fine copy of an exceptionally rare and important edition. Sold for $43,700. Lot 3
  • An early Americana Marriage Contract on paper from 1751. This is one of the earliest American Kethuboth extant. Sold for $17,250. Lot 6

Judaica Auction lot 6
An early Americana Marriage Contract, 1751. Estimate $20,000-25,000. Sold for $17,250. Lot 6


Judaica Auction - lot 58
A Hebrew Bible, an attractive wide-margined copy of an exceptionally rare Venetian edition, dated 1528. Sold for $25,300. Lot 39.



Hebrew Bible printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 1524. This four-volume set was in fine condition. Sold for $86,250. Lot 38.


Judaica Auction Lot 3
A book of Rabbinic code by Isaac ben Jacob Alfasi, Venice, 1521-2. Sold for $43,700. Lot 3