87 158 (MESSIANISM). Precationes Hebraicae… [Birkath HaMazon] With excerpts from Sepher Amanah written by a Messianic Jew to prove the truth of his faith. Text in Hebrew and Latin. ff. (16). Lightly foxed, two small wormholes on final leaf. Modern morocco. 4to. [Vinograd, Isny 14; Mehlman 1909.] Isny, Paulus Fagius, 1542. $1000-1500 ❧ Grace After Meals for Messianic Jews. What commences as a traditional Aschkenazic Grace After Meals (ff. 2-6), is followed by a Christological version of the same (ff. 7-10). In the appended tract (“Quid obstet iudaeis quo minus credant”), the Author contends that what prevents Jews from accepting Christianity is the thorough social ostracism that is the fate of the apostate Jew. According to a note written by Mehlman in the NLI copy of this work: “but one other copy is known to exist.” Lot 159 159 MIDRASH TEHILIM. [Midrashic commentary to the Book of Psalms]. Anonymous. FIRST EDITION. Few marginal notes. A WIDE-MARGINED COPY. ff. 51. Lightly stained, censored, inscription on and with stamp removed from opening page, f. 46 with small hole, final leaf repaired with some loss. Modern blind-tooled calf. Housed in custom slip-case. Sm. folio. [Vinograd, Const. 36; Mehlman 173; St. Cat. Bodl. col. 595, no. 3788 “Ed Rara.”] Constantinople, np, 1512. $10,000-15,000 ❧ The Midrash Tehilim, also known as Midrash Shocher-Tov due to its opening verse, is one of the most beautiful composed texts of Midrashic literature. Its exalted language covers many variegated themes and contains colorful stories and parables. Entitled “Midrash Tilim” (without the letter “Hei”), it concludes at Psalm chap. 118. The Midrash on Psalms chaps. 119-150 was published approximately three years later (bibliographers debate the exact imprint and date). Lot 158 Lot 158