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Auction 72: March 16th, 2017

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Lot: 168 (LITURGY). Seder Tefilloth MiKol HaShanah KeMinhag Kehiloth Ashkenazim [Order of Prayers for the Entire Year]. A nearly immaculate copy, with remarkably wide margins. ff. 352 [1-448]. Some marginal dampstaining, otherwise in extraordinarily fine condition. Owner's inscriptions on front free endpaper and f. 352v. Later limp vellum, partial yapp edges, edge of lower cover with minimal loss, remnants of leather ties. (Incorrect) title in manuscript on spine. 16mo. Vinograd, Basle 138; Prijs 125.

Ambrosius Froben [and Israel Zifroni], Basle: 1579. Est: $15,000 - $25,000

-The first Siddur printed in Switzerland.
It is exceedingly rare to find a prayer-book in this state. The pristine nature of this copy may very likely be attributable to its having remained undisturbed for centuries in the library of Perseigne Abbey, a Cistercian Monastery near Neuchâtel, a mere fifty miles from where it came off the press in Basle. The monks were clearly unaware of the small volume's true identity, as they mislabeled the binding to read "Biblia Hebraica." The Siddur was later acquired by the renowned Hebrew scholar Paul Humbert (1885-1972), professor and librarian at the University of Neuchâtel.
     Prijs records only two copies of this Siddur, located in the British Library and at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
     An impeccable copy of a highly scarce edition.

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