Vidu’im, Techinoth, U’Bakashoth [confessions, supplications and requests]

AUCTION 80 | Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 1:00 PM
The Valmadonna Trust Library: Further Selections from the Historic Collection. * Hebrew Printing in America. * Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 15

Vidu’im, Techinoth, U’Bakashoth [confessions, supplications and requests]

Manuscript in Hebrew, written in an exquisite square Ashkenazic-Italian hand, on vellum. Form of Menorah on f. 28a. ff. (33). Pricked along outer margin for ruling. Modern half-morocco over vellum, housed in matching solander-box. 7 x 10 cm (3 x 3 3/4 inches).

Northern Italy: circa 1400

Est: $40,000 - $60,000
A pocket-sized collection of prayers and supplications according to the Italian rite. Comprising: [1a]: Vidui, Benyamin ben Zarach, from the prayers for Yom Kippur. (See Davidson, Otzar I no. 6140). [2a]: Poem, Bachaye ben Yoseph (based on his name). (Otzar II no. 964). [3a] Verses to be recited daily, Moshe ben Nachman (Nachmanides). [3b-5b]: Short prayers; confessions, R. Nissim Gaon. (Published in Italian Machzor for Yom Kippur, ShaDa’L edition). [5b-9a]: Supplications for Yom Kippur. (ShaDa’L, Vol. II pp. 144; Otzar II 757). [10a]: Prayer. (Otzar, Mem 735). [12a-23b]: Short prayers, includes: seafarers, sea-storms, at graves of prophets, the righteous and pious. [24a-27a]: Prayers for the Way (Tefilath HaDerech). [27b-28b]: Sod HaMenorah (The kabbalistic secrets of the menorah), beginning with an introduction, followed by a title: “VeZo Tzurath HaMenorah” and the verses of Psalm 67 in the form of a Menorah. An explanation follows beginning with the statement: “Gaze at it and you will see great secrets…” [29a-33b]: Supplications, including one attributed to Maimonides. <<A very finely composed miniature medieval liturgical manuscript.>>