Machzor LeYamim Noraim [prayers for the Days of Awe]. According to Italian (Apa’m) rite.

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 277

Machzor LeYamim Noraim [prayers for the Days of Awe]. According to Italian (Apa’m) rite.

Manuscript in Hebrew, written on thick paper in a square Italian hand with Nikud. Extensive marginalia in places with explanations of many poetic piyutim written in a semi-cursive Italian hand, few textual corrections. With previous owner’s signature “Moshe LeBeith Baruch.” Pink endpapers. ff. 187 (evidently issued without a title-page). Lightly foxed in places, minimal stains. Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed. Tall folio.

(Italy): (19th century)

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
A handsomely composed tall folio manuscript containing the complete prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The manuscript accords with the unique custom of the Jews of the Piedmont region of Northern Italy known as Minhag APA’M. The three Jewish communities referred to by the abbreviated expression are Asti, Fossano, Alessandria and Moncalvo. The term (more correctly, Afam) denotes the special ritual of prayer that was utilized by the Jews of these communities who originally settled in Italy in the 14th century. They were descendants of Jews expelled from France during the years 1306 to 1394 who had moved steadily into the Piedmont region via nearby Alpine passes. See EJ, Vol. XII, cols. 240-41.