Auctioneers of Rare Books, Collectibles and Fine Art

June 2001 Cover

Auction 13 - June 26th 2001

Important Hebrew Printed Books and Manuscripts
Together With
Fine Graphic and Ceremonial Art
The Property of Various Owners Including
The Late Dr. T. Schrire, Cape Town, South Africa
Property Formerly in the Collection of Gustave Tuck, London (1857-1942)
A Prominent Collector, South of the Equator
The W.O Thrift Shop Inc., Sold to Benefit The UJA-Federation of New York

The summer sale featured an unusually large collection of books on an extensive range of topics. Included were 16th Century Hebraic theological texts and 20th Century illustrated books by artists including Steinhardt, Struck, Raskin and Ryback in addition to a broad collection of American Judaica. A number of objects from the Bezalel School of Jerusalem were sold as well as various Struck paintings and intriguing posters of Jewish life and anti semitica.


A full listing of sale results (prices realized) by lot number can be found here.


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


  • The First Complete Jewish Prayer-Book Printed in the New World, According to the Order of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. One of The Singular Most Important Printed Books of Jewish Americana. Sold for: $44,850. Lot 135
  • First Bomberg Edition of Masechta Avodah Zarah [Idolatry]. With commentaries by Rashi, Tosafoth, etc. 1520. Sold for: $17,250.
  • Notable sermon preached in London on the public fast day appointed by King George III to mark the revolt of the American colonies. London 1777. Sold for: $24,150; twice the high estimate.
  • Die Zehn Plagen. Ten woodcuts by Jakob Steinhardt. One of twelve numbered copies on Japon paper. Each signed by artist in pencil lower right. Sold for: $3,220.
  • A first edition commentary to former prophets by the reknown Don Isaac Abarbanel. Pesaro 1511. Sold for: $20,700; more than four times the high estimate.


First Bomberg Edition of Masechta Avodah Zarah, 1520.
Sold for $17,250.



Notable sermon preached in London in 1777.
Sold for: $24,150 in the June 26, 2001 sale –
twice the high estimate.



A first edition commentary to former prophets by the reknown Don Isaac Abarbanel. Pesaro 1511.
Sold for: $20,700 in the Jume 26, 2001 sale –
more than four times the high estimate.