Godines, Benjamin Senior (Ed.) Me’ah Berachoth / Orden de Bendiciones.

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 215

Godines, Benjamin Senior (Ed.) Me’ah Berachoth / Orden de Bendiciones.

Text in Hebrew and Spanish face à face. Editor’s introduction in Portuguese. Engraved frontispiece by the Jewish artist Benjamin Godines depicting Man’s Five Senses by way of the performance of five ceremonial acts. ff. (12), 303, pp. 50, (4), 51-54, (7), 7, (22). Touch discolored in places, otherwise a clean copy. Contemporary gilt-tooled morocco, rubbed, gilt faded. 12mo.


Est: $2,000 - $3,000
A most striking volume of collected prayers and instructions issued for Marrano refugees. Included in the Me’ah Berachoth are: A Passover Hagadah; an index of blessings for the entire year including relevant laws and commentary according to Sephardic rite; a perpetual liturgical calendar; a recipe for Charoseth; instructions for constructing a Mikveh; prayers for the sick, last rites, and prayers for martyrs burned at the stake by the Inquisition. Of uncommon interest are the ceremonies celebrating the birth of a daughter “Zeved HaBath” (Fadas de la Hija) and circumcision ceremony for proselytes and servants.