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 262


Hebrew Manuscript on paper, written in various Ashkenazic hands. <<The Samson Raphael Hirsch copy>> with his stamp on opening page. ff. 113 (180 including blanks). Few neat marginal repairs. Modern morocco. 4to.

Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek:

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Volume of correspondence, including letters relating to heretofore unrecorded events including the appointment of Rabbis, civil issues, etc. This manuscript was apparently composed for the benefit of a communal scribe responsible for official correspondence on behalf of community officials. It guided the scribe as to how to address and communicate with various Rabbis and communal leaders on a host of subjects. Many letters here relate to events that occurred within the triple communities of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek and are described in detail. A selection of examples: <<*>> Letter addressed to the Court Jew Samson Wertheimer of Vienna (f. 41b). <<*>> Details of a dispute between communal leaders concerning the election of a new Rabbi (ff. 62-6). <<*>> Concerning the apostate Meir Kupir who spread lies about Dayan Binyamin Mirlish of Hamburg causing the rabbi monetary and reputational loss (f. 103). <<*>> Controversy regarding a shidduch and advice to burn this letter after reading (f. 116). <<*>> Scandal concerning the son-in-law of the Rabbi of the three kehiloth who made false accusations against his wife, the daughter of the esteemed Rabbi and so sullied the family reputation (f. 176). <<*>> Other entries contain formulae for the writing of ordinations; invitations to Rabbis to serve in communities; dealing with renegade Rabbis; issues of remarriage (Heter Meah Rabbanim); plus many other matters, recording many names and places.