Judaica Books (1) and Manuscripts (1)


 

Manuscripts (1)

 
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1716
manuscript – miniature
Rough Translation of the Title Page: You shall keep this law to you and your sons until the end of times. As it written in the Zohar “that every person must say before reading the Haggadah” and I copied it. I am the young one in the group. As directed by our Holly Teacher Mazal Tov Shalit OBM here in Verona 1716
Description: 11 pages with writing (cursive and block) in brown ink in an expert hand on five and one with the title in a decorated arch, all in the same brown ink. Decorated paper over paper binding.
Condition: internally fine, the outer paper is wearing in places on the covers

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1839
manuscript - miniature
Title: Siddur Sefirat Ha Omer … with the statement ‘al tishkakh lomar … [“Do not forget to say the Counting of the Omer.”] (Modena?)
Description: 33 pages with block text in expert hand in black ink with the first being the Title Page (title within drawn decorative arch) and the third having a drawn menorah made of Hebrew letters; hand ruling on text pages.
Condition: block loose with leaves separating; spine nearly gone; covers worn

 
3. c1850
manuscript — small Lurianic scroll
Description: kabbalistic illustrations on a parchment scroll, 45” x 2.6,” written in ink, Persia(?)
Condition: Good with very minor tears
 
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c1920-1930
manuscript in four notebooks
Author: Neuda, Fanny
Title: Stunden der Andacht: Uberschrieben aus Liebe, der edlen frau Gertl Olivetti von Iher dankbaren Olga Wees(?).
Description: A hand written copy of Fanny Neuda's Hours of Prayer -- "probably the first prayer book for Jewish women in the nineteenth century written by a woman. ... her hope that ... 'the fruits of a woman’s heart' would 'find an echo in the hearts of women.'"
Physical Description: 4 manuscript notebooks (numbered I-IV), each 7" x 5.25" x .5"
"This volume was considered 'the authoritative women's prayer book of its time.' It was republished in a newly edited edition by Martha Wertheimer in 1936 Frankfurt and remained in print in Switzerland until 1968. This book survived concentration camps and great diaspora, passed hand to hand by Jewish women in hiding."
Condition: click on link below for more information and images
currently on eBay
not illustrated

 
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c1900?
Brass Menorah
Place: not known

 

Books (1)

 
 

17th Century (0)

 
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c1600
Author: Moses ben Jacob Cordovero
Title: Sefer Gerushin
Publisher: Venice, Daniel Zanetti
Description: 24 + [4] leaves. Title within architectural frame. Old marbled paper, red edges.
Condition: dampstaining, some worming, old inscriptions, cover worn, all gatherings detached, binding copy.
References: StCB 6452,4;Zedner 571;Roest 852.

 
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1614
Author: Gikatilla, Joseph ben Abraham (born 1248)
Title: Sefer Ginat Egoz (kabbalistic work on the mystic symbolism of the alphabet).
Publishing Information: Hanau, Eliezer bar Chayyim & Eliah Seligman Ulma
Description: 28.2 x 19.3 cm.
78 (err.numb.) leaves. Title within woodcut frame, showing Moses and Aaron, and the text printed in black and red ink. Cropped, severely browned, slightly wormed. Modern leather binding.
References: StCB5923,2;Zedner329;Roest563

 
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1678 (Volume 8 of 9)
This is the volume with the 3 folding plates showing Maimonides’ understanding of Solomon’s Temple.
I cannot find information about the whole series. WorldCat has no examples of the whole set, only of this volume.
Author: Majemonidae, R. Mosis (Rabbi Moses Maimonides) (1135-1204)
Translator: Ludovicus de Compiegne de Veil (translator and convert to Catholicism) (1637-1716).
Title: De Cultu Divino ex R. Mosis Majemonidae, Secunda Lege, seu manu forti Liber VIII … Accesserunt Tabul […] incisae, in quibus exprimitur Hierosolymitani Templi forma accuratissime, & eleganter descripta. …
Publishing Information: Parisiis (Paris), apud Guidonem Gaillou, 1678. In Latin.
Physical Description: Quarto. Original calf with 5 raised bands and gilt tooling in compartments one of which has title on a paper label in old ink. Mottled red edges. Notes in old ink and the library stamp of a French(?) minister on the in endpapers.
Tp (with copperplate vignette), 7 text leaves, 1-384.
3 folding; woodcut tails at end of chapters, one text woodcut illustration.
Condition: Binding: Hinges loosening, spine splitting, scratches, scuffs and stains and bumping on covers. Old repairs. – Fair.
Text: Library stamp on title. Some browning but overall quite good and clean.
Plates: somewhat browned but clean and crisp and very good.
Overall, a nice copy with the engravings
Solomon's Temple; Judaica

 
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1694
With illustrations of the Tabernacle
Author: R. Yom Tov Tsahalon (c1560-1638) (the Maharitatz) of Safed)
Title: Sefer Shaalot VeTuvot) Maharit”z ["Book of Questions and Answers"] / Tractate Bava Metziah
Publishing Data: Venice, by his grandson Yom Tov ben Akiva who added Tractate Bava Metziah, First Edition.
Description:  Modern morocco spine: illustrations of Tabernacle, Temple and the table with Shewbread; positioning of the Temple on Mount Zion
Condition: some damage to lower corner of title page and first few pages with heavier browning but no loss, mild staining in upper marginal corner in places, library stamps, some hand written notes in old ink, otherwise mostly clean<

 
 

18th Century (0)

 
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1719
kabbalistic and magic text woodcut charts and figures (Hamsa) throughout
Author: (Rabbi) Shabbatai Sheftel Horowitz of Prague (1561-1619) (physician who believed in the practical value of Kabbalah, devotee of R. Moses Cordovero, influenced by Maimonides and R. Isaac Luria)
Title: Sefer Shefa Tal ... (kabbalah)
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main; First edition in 1612, Hanau.
Description: Folio. Rebound, modern cloth. Seems to lack at least folios Aleph and Bet. 73 folio leaves plus title page
Condition: Binding fine; text browned throughout, crude tape repair to folio Gimel, worming in places, dampstains in upper left quadrant towards end and some other stains.
Reference: Vinograd, Bialozorka 3; EJ; CD-EPI 0137595

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1724
Bible. — Biblia Hebraea.
Title in Hebrew and Latin: Arabah Ve’Esrim Heim: Torah Heviim U’ktuvim Tikun Sofrim.
Publisher: Amsterdam: Solomon and Joseph Proops
Physical Description: Thick 8vo. Gilt and blind-tooled.
Description: With an additional engraved title page depicting Moses and Aaron, Moses and the Israelites receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, and Jerusalem in three registers.
With additional engraved title pages marking the Early Prophets, the Later Prophets and the Hagiographa of a spread winged eagle below cherubs displaying the titles within an architectural framework. Engraved tailpiece. Pointed Hebrew text.
Condition: Small tears in decorated title leaf. Lacks clasps. Covers rubbed. Minimal browning. Other minor defects.

 
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1734
Author: Ashkenazi, David Tavel b. Jacob.
Title. Sefer Beit David
Novellae with charms and remedies.
Publishing Data: Wilhermsdorf. Only edition.
Description: 8vo. Half calf over boards. Title within typographic border, decorative tailpieces.
Condition: small hole in title page, minor damages, some repairs.
Reference: Friedberg, Bet 597

 
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1764
Author: Samuel ben Eliezer of Kalwaria
Title in Hebrew: Darchei Noam.
Publisher: Koenigsberg: Johann Friedrich Drist
Description: small Quarto. Modern ¾ calf.
Further Description: Kabbalistic exposition of the Agadoth of Rabah b. Bar Chanah. Includes approbation of Elijah, Gaon of Vilna.
Condition: final and opening 3 leaves with paper repairs affecting few letters, closely trimmed
Reference: Wiener 2506

 
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1765 (1766-1777)?
not illustrated
Title: Dat Kelulah: Hamisha Humshei Torah … Levitique … (Volume 3 of 5)
Publisher: Metz: Joseph Antoine.
Description: In Hebrew. Quarto. Later cloth. The Book of Leviticus with commentaries BOUND WITH a Seder Ha-Haftorot.
Condition: Good.

 
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1779(?)
illustrated with text woodcuts, woman’s bible in Yiddish
Author: n/a
Title: Tzena Urena (Yiddish)
Publisher: Basel (?), ?? – I can’t read
Description: Quarto. ½ leather and paper. Xeroxed title page and first 3 leaves. Uncollated.
Condition: lacks title page and first three leaves; cover and spine badly worn with loss on spine and otherwise rubbed badly but tight; stamp of “Willy Lindwer Judaica Collectie”; old cursive script in brown ink on back endpaper
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1793?
with text illustrations
Title: Mishnayot Zeraim
Publisher: Duhrenfurt (Sigilium Civitatis Duhrenfurtensis — seal of the municipality), (I can’t read the publisher)
Description: In Hebrew. ¼ calf. Title in red and black.
Condition: Cover loosening and badly damaged, title page very brown, spotted and frayed, with a little loss; initial pages loose, brown throughout but okay, cropped close at top

 

19th Century (1)

 
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1817
copperplate vignette on Title Page of Ezekiel receiving his vision
Title: Ketuvi Kodesh: Nedfesim MeChodesh.
Publisher: Vienna, Anton von Schmid (1765-1855, Christian publisher of Jewish books)
Description: In Hebrew. Quarto. 1 volume of 2(?). Full calf.
Condition: title page thumbed, mostly clean throughout, calf brittle and coming loose from endpapers, cover scrapped with some torn leather

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c1850
with text woodcuts of the Temple
Title: Mishnayot Siddur Kiddushin …
Publisher: (I can’t read it)
Description: Folio. Modern cloth. Blueish endpapers.
Condition: dampstaining in lower part of bottom margin, some notes in old brown ink, corners of text creased and first three leaves have loss at bottom free corner.

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[1852]
Author: Bonomi, Joseph
Title: Nineveh and its Palaces. The Discoveries of Botta and Layard, Applied to the Elucidation of Holy Writ.
Publisher: London, Office of the Illustrated London Library.
Description: 4to. Red-brown stamped cloth with gilt title and cover vignette. Uncollated but appears complete.
Condition: spine splitting, hinges weakening with some loosening in places, corners bumped, tearing back at foot of spine, cover faded with a few stains; faint age-typical browning throughout. Overall: not bad
steel text engravings throughout

 
4. 1864
Kabbalistic scroll
Author: Poppers, Meir
Title: Ilan Hagadol.
Publisher: not given but in Warsaw. First edition.
Description: Scroll, 3500 mm in length. Approximately 17 Kabbalistic charts and diagrams.
Further Description: Poppers, a 17th Century Kabbalist of Aschkenazi descent, was the final editor of Lurianic Kabbalistic writings, working in Jerusalem until his death in 1662. This scroll (or “tree”) is a graphic description and summary of the Lurianic system of mysticism.
Condition: opening section strengthened on verso with small loss of text (somewhat brittle).
Reference: Wiener 614
 
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1865
Author: Ruben b. Abraham
Title: Sefer HaSegulot. (Book of Charms). BOUND WITH Sefer HaParkus (on the writings of Hai Gaon).
Publishing Data: Jerusalem: Israel Bak. Printed on the Press of Moses Montefiore and his wife Judith.
Description: 8vo. Cloth backed marbled boards; library stamp; 2 title pages in typographic borders. Has some printed, in text magical charts.
Condition: numerous minor problems including some stains, much browning, frayed edges, library stamp, loosening of quires, etc. Still a decent copy.

 
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1867
Amulet (modern frame)
Publisher: not given but in Russia
Description: Printed paper Shiviti for protection from plague, fire, etc. with text by Eliezer of Gromizer and the Vilna Gaon, with a kameah of the ARI, and a Hamsah. Hebrew text framing the pictorial images, with the name of G-d in square print, “angelic” letters and a depiction of Jerusalem. 408 x 280 mm.
Condition
: minor loss along folds, earlier repair

 
7. 1870
kabbalistic and magic text woodcut charts and figures (Hamsa) throughout
Author: (Rabbi) Shabbatai Sheftel Horowitz of Prague (1561-1619) (physician who believed in the value of Kabbalah, devotee of R. Moses Cordovero, influenced by Maimonides and R. Isaac Luria)
Title: Sefer Shefa Tal … (kabbalah)
Publisher: Warsaw. First edition was Hanau, 1612. Seems to have been reprinted according to the original edition.
Description: Folio. Disbound. Title page partial and covered with paper (not sure for what). Uncollated
Condition: worming and browing, edges frayed in places, fragile
Reference: Vinograd, Bialozorka 3; EJ; CD-EPI 0137595
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8. 1871
illustrated with magical symbols the original Adam (Adam Kadmon) received from the Angel Raziel
Title: … Raziel HaMelech
Publisher: Lemberg: Verlag v. A. Drucker (Reziel)
Description: disbound, 26 [28?] leaves, complete
Condition: fraying, mostly marginal, delicate, browning and spotting throughout
 
9. 1873-5
illustrated with a plan of Eretz Yisrael
Author: Rabbinu Yehuda HaChamid(?)
Title: Sefer HaChasidim BOUND WITH Sefer Yesod VeShoresh HaAvod
Publisher: Warsaw, 1873 and Warsaw, 1875
Description: In Hebrew. Quarto. ¼ leather with cloth.
Condition: wormed, browned, front cover detached, spine missing leather at head and foot, edges missing cloth and bumped.

10. c1875 (I can’t read the date)
Author: Chaim Vital
Title: Sefer Shaarei Hakavanot
Publishing Information: Jerusalem: (I can’t read the name of publisher)
Description: Folio. In Hebrew. Leather.
Condition: Poor: disbound, edges fraying with some loss, crude repairs, old ink notes showing well used.

11. 1877
Illustrated
Title: Tzene Urena (Yiddish)
Published: Vilna: Rozenkrantz and Schriftzetzer
Description: Quarto. 2 volumes. ¼ calf with cloth
Condition: pages browned, library stamp, hinges loosening, endpapers torn and brittle, spine severely scuffed, cloth torn at corners, etc.
 
12. 1881
illustrated with magical symbols the original Adam (Adam Kadmon) received from the Angel Raziel
Title: … Raziel HaMelech
Publisher: Vilna, Warsaw: Cupro ...(?)
Description: In Hebrew. cloth and paper, 33 leaves (appears complete)
Condition: library stamp, browning, hinges weak and pages loosening with some loose, corners frayed, covers worn
 
13. 1894
Author: ?
Title: Sefer Mikdosh Aharon. [Book of the Tabernacle of Aaron.]
Has Tabernacle plan illustration.
Publishing Data: Petersburg, Russia: publisher(?)
Description: small Quarto, paper with cloth spine
Condition: loosening, library stamps, otherwise good
 
 

20th Century (2)

 
1. 1908
Author: Ohnah, Raphael
Title: Mar’eh Hayeladim
A compilation of kabbalistic refuot, segulot, and goralot (sortilege or prognostication by throwing lots) from the Land of Israel and neighnboring countries: Egypt, Persia, Yemen. Some diagrams and charts.
Publisher: Jerusalem: Hayyim Ohnah
Description: 8vo. Cloth. Hebrew Text. Title within typographic border.
Condition: rubbed, browning and staining, loosening.Reference: unknown to Friedberg.
 
2. 1943(?)
with many folding plates of plans of the Temple
Author: Weiss, Moses
Title:  Sefer Bayit HaBakirah. [Book of the House of the Chosen.]
Publisher: Palestine: Mosad Rav Kook.
Description: Quarto. Cloth.
Condition: brown throughout, some spotting, tight with only minor problems with the binding