Auction 4 -
March 3rd 1998
Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art
The Library Of The Late Rabbi Dr. Leonard C. Mishkin and
Property Sold To Benefit The Jewish Museum, New York, Fine Arts
This auction contained an assortment of pleasant surprises as so many
of the 384 lots far exceeded expectations. The working library of
the late Rabbi Dr. Leonard C. Mishkin, featuring over 5000 scholarly
volumes, sold for just over $150,000 against an estimate of $40,000
to $60,000. Every one of the 97 shelf lots sold, from Art to Zunz.
Equally satisfying was the success of a small, but highly prized,
collection of Sephardic Literature.
Highlights of this sale included:
- An extremely rare 17th century Hagadah from Livorno, Orden dela Hagadah de
Noche de Pascoa de Pesah, printed entirely in Spanish for use
by the Marrano community, estimated to bring $10,000 to $12,000,
sold for $28,750.
- A vitally important historical chronicle, Samuel Usques Consolacam
as Tribulacoens de Israel, printed in Amsterdam, c.1599, estimated
to bring $8,000 to $10,000, reached $31,050.
- A Hebrew Festival Prayer-Book printed in the Bavarian village of Thannhausen
in 1594, of which all copies were confiscated by the Church and
almost all destroyed, sold for $39,100
- An unusual early 19th century Viennese Silver Charity Container, with a dedicatory
inscription by Mendel Rosenbaum to commemorate the circumcision
of his son, brought $6,900
Liturgy, Thannhausen 1594, one of only five
copies extant, sold for $39,100