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Auction No. 13 - 07.03.2017

 

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LOT: 051

Talmud Bavli, Munich 1949—complete set.

Published by the Va’ad Hatzalah of the Council of Rabbis in Germany after WWII. First complete set of the Talmud Bavli that was published after the war. 19 volumes, 39cm. Each volume has two covers, the first in yellow, with illustrations from the camps and the inscription “Labor Camp in Ashkenaz during the Nazi Period.” Disconnected pages, original binding, some unprofessionally repaired. Wear. Ok condition.
Item sold at $1100 Starting at $300
LOT: 052

Talmud Bavli in one volume, New York 1913.

Complete Talmud in one volume. Different page layout, with only Rashi’s commentary and no Tosafot. Stereotype printing of one of the Berdichov printings, with special additions for this edition. Very thick tome, bound in new binding, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $170 Starting at $100
LOT: 053

Chiddushei Baba Batra by the Ramban—Bombirgi Venice 1523.

By Rabbeinu Moshe ben Nachman (the Ramban) on Masechet Baba Batra, including Dina DeGarmi at the end; a wonderful copy, rebound with half-leather binding. The three last pages are partially missing and repaired, the last pages have light restorations, mainly in the edges. Light stains from over time. 116 pages, generally very good condition.
Starting at $3000
LOT: 054

Sefer Ikarim—Venice 1544.

By Rabbi Yosef Albo, on the principles of faith and foundations of the religion, in four articles. 171 pages, signatures of ownership: Shlomo Segel Goldschmidt. Light restorations, light tears and various stains. Generally good condition, rebound with handsome leather binding.
Starting at $1000
LOT: 055

Sefer Tanach, Mikra’ot Gedolot, Yehoshua & II Kings—printed by Daniel Bombirgi, Venice 1547.

Tanach, Mikraot Gedolot, with Rashi’s commentary, Radak, Ralbag, second volume: 41-42 cm. [1] 234-441. Second edition, according to which the Tanach is printed til now. Pages torn and partially missing, much moth damage, mold, binding worn, generally very bad condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 056

Ma’amar HaSechel—Crimona 1557.

On the ta’amim of mitzvot and their numbering, by Rabbi Eliezer ben Natan of Maganza (the Ra’avan, 1090-1170), one of the Tosafot. Cover is missing and taped in with an interesting handwriting. Various tears taped, some with damage to text. Binding is disconnected, generally ok condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $200
LOT: 057

Mishnayot from Seder Kedoshim with illustrations—Mantua 1562.

With Rambam’s commentary and Bartenura. With illustrations of the menorah, the Temple bread, and more, and the design of the Mishkan on the last page, the map is missing, heavy moth damage, stains and damage from wear, worn binding. 122 [1] page. Generally bad to ok condition.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $180
LOT: 058

Sefer Akeidat Yitzhak, Venice 1565. Partially missing copy.

By Rabbi Yitzhak ben Moshe Arma. Venice 1565. Missing the cover and first page, begins from page 2 and goes until the end, page 350. First pages until page 20 are torn with damage to text. Wooden binding covers in leather, repaired along the spine in an unprofessional way, moth marks on the last pages. Ok condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $120
LOT: 059

Tanach, Venice, first section (Torah)—Venice 1568, partially missing with special additions of missing sections by hand in Yemenite handwriting.

With Rashi’s commentary, Even Ezra, and more. Complete pages that were missing were added by hand, designed similarly to the rest of the book, in certain places with various decorations—an interesting and singular manuscript. Signatures and lists in Yemenite handwriting and Arabic that were not examined. Tears and lots of moth damage. Pages missing. Generally ok condition, rebound.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $250
LOT: 060

Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, second second, first edition with Maggid Mishnah and Kesef Mishnah—Venice 1574.

Second section of Mishneh Torah with the hasagot of the Ra’avad and the Maggid Mishnah, with Kesef Mishnah by the Gaon Yosef Karo. First edition of the Rambam printed with Rabbi Yosef Karo’s commentary, while he was still alive in Venice, bound in old parchment binding with inscriptions in the local tongue on the spine, much moth damage, also on the binding, pages disconnected, tape on the cover page, there is writing underneath it that hasn’t been examined. Various glosses that were not checked. Stains and wear, generally bad to ok condition. 10, 219 page.
Item sold at $425 Starting at $400
LOT: 061

Psalms, with Meir Tehillot commentary—Venice 1590; partially missing copy.

Psalms with exegesis by Rabbi Meir Arama (son of Rabbi Yitzhak Arama, the Ba’al HaAkeidah after his books “Akeidat Yitzhak,” a sage of Spain during the generation of the expulsion). Cover and a number of pages at the beginning of the book are missing, bound in fine, half-leather binding. Moth marks, tears and light stains. Generally good condition.
Starting at $400
LOT: 062

Set of all 5 books of the Alshich on the Megillot (one of them is partially missing)—first edition, Venice 1601-6.

One volume with the five books of Rabbi Moshe Alshich (the Alshich HaKadosh, 1507-1600), first printed by Rabbi Haim Alshich, the author’s son, around a year after the author’s death, by Di Gara in Venice. 1. Einei Moshe, exegesis on Megillat Ruth—1601. Two pages at the beginning of the book are by hand, then it goes from 6-46 [1]/ 2. Shoshanat HaAmakim, exegesis on Shir HaShirim—second edition, 1606. 60 pages. 3. Devarim Nachumim, exegesis on Eicha—1601. 38 [1] page. 4. Devarim Tovim, exegesis on Kohelet. 1601. 35 (supposed to be 41), [1] page. 5. Mishat Moshe—1601. 84 pages, missing two pages with indices at the end. With illustrations made from wood carvings, of Mordechai, Ahasueros, Esther, and Haman. The Purim Seudah, and Mishloach Manot. Much moth damage, pages disconnected, without binding, glosses. Generally bad to ok condition. 63. Sefer Mar’ot HaTzovot—Venice 1603—partially missing copy, owned by the Alkachlani synagogue. Commentary on the First Prophets by Rabbi Moshe Alshich (the Alshich HaKadosh, 1507-1600), printed by Di Gara in Venice. Paritally missing, from page 127 onwards and additional pages from the book. Moth damage, pages disconnected, various stains, not bound, generally ok condition. In the cover of the book is an interesting dedication in Yemenite handwriting that the book was dedicated to the Alkachlani synagogue. In 1914, a machloket burst in Sana’a on the kabbalah and the minhagim. This machloket caused a split of the community into two camps, the Ikashim and Darda’im, and the Alkachlani synagogue split in Sana’a. At the order of the government, in 1933 the synagogue was closed and the Rav, Amram Korach, made a list of the assets and sifrei kodesh of the synagogue, which he divided among the camps (see: “Synagogues in Yemen” p. 311 and onwards, the list of books is written there, including this book).
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 063

Sefer Mar’ot HaTzovot—Venice 1603—partially missing copy, owned by the Alkachlani synagogue.

Commentary on the First Prophets by Rabbi Moshe Alshich (the Alshich HaKadosh, 1507-1600), printed by Di Gara in Venice. Paritally missing, from page 127 onwards and additional pages from the book. Moth damage, pages disconnected, various stains, not bound, generally ok condition. In the cover of the book is an interesting dedication in Yemenite handwriting that the book was dedicated to the Alkachlani synagogue. In 1914, a machloket burst in Sana’a on the kabbalah and the minhagim. This machloket caused a split of the community into two camps, the Ikashim and Darda’im, and the Alkachlani synagogue split in Sana’a. At the order of the government, in 1933 the synagogue was closed and the Rav, Amram Korach, made a list of the assets and sifrei kodesh of the synagogue, which he divided among the camps (see: “Synagogues in Yemen” p. 311 and onwards, the list of books is written there, including this book).
Item sold at $160 Starting at $120
LOT: 064

Sefer HaTrumot—Prague 1605 with original wooden binding.

Halakhic chiddushim on the laws of memunot by Rabbi Shmuel ben Rabbi Yitzhak HaSardi, a great sage of Spain, student and friend of the Ramban, whom he mentions in this book, considered one of the foundational texts on halachot of shtarot, loans, and laws of funding. Original wooden binding is worn, stains and wear, generally ok condition. 105 pages.
Starting at $1200
LOT: 065

Lot with all sections of the book HaLevush printed in Venice, 1620.

All four sections of the book by Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh, printed by Yoani Cayon in Venice. Volume 1: 1. Levush HaTechelet, first section on Tor Orech Haim. 201, [2] page. By mistake, bound at the end is an index page of section 3. 2. Levush Ateret Zahav, Tor Yoreh De’ah, the third Levush. Until page 155, then all of the indices were supplied by hand. Signature of ownership: “Yosef ben Yosef Asiyo,” and an additional unreadable signature. Volume 2: 1. Levush HaBotz v’HaArgaman, Tor Even HAEzer, the fourth Levush. 87 pages. 2. Levush Ir Shushan, Tor Choshen Mishpat, the fifth levush. 162, [2] page. Signature of ownership: Yaakov Medina. Much moth damage, stains, tears, and wear. Generally ok condition. Rebound.
Item sold at $425 Starting at $400
LOT: 066

Sefer HaLevush by Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh, Prague 1623, partially missing copy.

Missing the cover, begins from page 2 and goes until the end, page 192. The second section has a defective cover and partially repaired (unprofessionally). Ends at its end, page 108. Pages disconnected, wooden binding covered in leather, defective, from the period. Generally ok, reasonable condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $150
LOT: 067

The book Concordantiae Bibliorum on the Tanach—Basel 1632.

Written by Johann Buchesdorf, printed by Ludwig Koenig in Basel. [10], [456] page. In Hebrew and German. Bound with new binding, moth marks and light tears, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $200
LOT: 068

Medallion in memory of Rav Yitzhak Elchanan Spector. Kovna, end of the 19th century.

He was Chief Rabbi of Kovna, lived 1817-1896. On the medallion is an engraving with the portrait of the rabbi and the inscription “HaRav HaGaon Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan Spector.” On the back: his burial place and the inscription “picture of the grave of Rav Gaon Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan Spector,” as well as date of his birth and death. Diameter: 23mm. A little worn. Generally good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 069

Rare, previously unknown postcard, with photograph of the Chafetz Chaim, printed during his lifetime with his famous portrait.

Singular, unknown postcard of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin, the Chafetz Chaim (1838-1933). Famous portrait of Maran, which in the past was doubted because its origin was unknown, it appears as a photograph in the postcard with and inscription underneath: “Moreinu Rabbeinu Tzaddik of the generation, the Gaon Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen Shlita known as the Chafetz Chaim.” 9x14cm, light moth marks, light stains, and a scribble in pencil. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $180
LOT: 070

Rare, previously unknown postcard of the “Admor of Chelm,” grandson of the Maggid of Trisk.

Singular, unknown postcard of Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib Tversky (1873-1937), the Admor of Chelm, son of Rabbi Menachem Nachum, the Admor of Trisk, son and successor of the Maggid Rabbi Avraham Tversky of Trisk. Served in Breslov, and after his uncle’s death (Rabbi Mordechai of Kozmir), many of his uncle’s chassids turned to him, and he established his beit midrash in Chelm. He was famous for his wonderful prayers, his divrei torah were collected into a book “Imrei Mi” on Genesis and Exodus (Warsaw 1938). On the back of the photograph appears the inscription “Picture of Rav Moshe Yehuda Leib ben Rav Menachem Nachum Tversky of Trisk, who died on 25th of Tammuz, 1937. Very good condition.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 071

Metal board with embossing work of the circle of zodiac signs (fortunes). Beginning of the 20th century.

Attached to a wooden piece, embossing work with illustrations of the constellations. 23x24cm. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 072

Copper Mould with engraving of a LaMenatz’each in the shape of a Menorah. Beginning of the 20th century.

With tools from the Mikdash, eagles, and more. Jerusalem. Height: 7cm. Given in a cardboard package, with the printing of the menorah from this mold. Origin: Private collection.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $120
LOT: 073

Three historical engraved pieces of the Western Wall. Migdal David and Kever Rachel. Beginning of the 20th century.

Metal engravings of the Kotel, Migdal David, and Kever Rachel. Max height: 17cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $700 Starting at $150
LOT: 074

Lot of 5 shana tovah pop-ups. Germany, first half of the 20th century.

Colorful, with scenes from a wedding, bar mitzvah, and more. Made in Germany, 1930s (approximately). Average size: 10x18cm. 2 of them have defects and gluing. Generally good condition. From a private collection.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $120
LOT: 075

18 carat gold Megillat Esther, miniature. Israel, 20th century.

Miniature megillat esther made with gold filigree work. Includes a printed megillah on matching miniature paper. In the center of the housing is a Star of David and the inscription “Zion” with enamel work. Height: 10cm. Housing weighs: 15g. Light defect on the Star of David. Generally good condition. From a private collection.
Item sold at $1400 Starting at $400