Italian). Imrei Lev- Preghiere D’un Cuore Israelita [festival prayers]

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

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Lot 146

Italian). Imrei Lev- Preghiere D’un Cuore Israelita [festival prayers]

Translated into Italian by Marco Tedeschi. Four parts in one. Lithographed title printed in blue. Two fine lithographed plates by A. Hoenig. Bookplate of “Susana Rosmanelli’ on front paste down pp. (6),359. Trace foxed in places. Contemporary elegant gilt-tooled chestnut calf, gently rubbed at extremities, elegant silver clasp and hinges. 8vo

Asti (Piedmont): Fratelli Paglieri 1852

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
The two expressive plates depict a synagogue congregation at prayer and an emotive death-bed scene, both unknown to Rubens. The death-bed scene depicts family members with prayer-books in their hands - thus depicting the tradition requiring those in the presence of the dying to recite a selection of psalms and prayers. -Another figure points heavenward, apparently encouraging the dying man to recite the confession. The introduction specifies that the prayer book was primarily intended for women, both for their own use and for the purpose of instructing their children. An entire section is devoted to prayers related to death and mourning and concludes with meditations on the nature of the soul and immortality. See From This World to the Next-Jewish Approaches to Illness, Death & the Afterllife, Catalogue of The Jewish Theological Seminary Library (1999) p. 9 no. 1 (illus.)