Auctioneers of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Fine Art

Auction 1 - November 14th 1996

Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art
A Distinguished Collection of Early Printed Hebrew Books, Part I,
and The Property of the Late Leyzer Ran

The Company's inaugural sale consisted of 399 lots. Results (including buyer's premium) of selected lots offered included:

  • The first Hagadah printed in London, 1770, which brought $12,650
  • An illustrated manuscript on the rites of circumcision, (Germany 1820) that tripled its estimate to sell for $14,950
  • A Yiddish Eye-Test Chart printed on cloth (American, early 20th century) that sold for $8,050
  • Esther Levy's Jewish Cookery Book, the first Jewish Cook Book printed in America, sold for $2,875
  • An interesting collection of postcards, catalogued in nine lots, fetched an impressive $28,250
  • A most uncommon brass Vase produced by the Bezalel School of Art (Jerusalem c. 1920) reached $8,800.

In his review of the auction, Nicolas Barker commented, "It was a promising beginning..." (The Book Collector, Spring 1997).


Yiddish Eye-Test Chart
Yiddish Eye-Test Chart, American, late 19th,
early 20th century sold for $8,050.