AUCTION 19 | Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art

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Lot 58


[Liturgy]. Machzor [festival prayers for Passover, Pentecost, New Year, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles]. According to Ashkenazic rite for the communites of Italy. Two parts in two volumes. I: ff.248;72. II: ff.196;126;78. Trace foxed in places, a.e.g. 8vo. [Vinograd, Vienna 572]. Vienna, Anton Schmidt, 1823. * Tephillah Mikol Ha’shanah [daily prayers for the entire year]. According to Aschkenazic rite. ff. 148. Foxed in places. 16mo. [Not recorded by Vinograd]. Venice, Gad ben Samuel Foa, 1776. Together, three volumes. 4to and 12mo

v.p.: v.d.

Est: $20,000 - $25,000
It is unusual to find three Hebrew volumes with uniform customised silver bindings. These three prayer books comprise the liturgy for the entire Jewish year. The owner clearly had Italian sympathies; the festival prayers, though printed in Vienna are prepared for the communities of Italy and the three volumes are linked by the exquisite Italian binding that they share. Lavishly bound Hebrew prayer-books became preferred wedding gifts, often decorated with the crests, or symbols, of the two marital families.