Hebrew. PENTATEUCH). Chamishah Chumshei Torah

AUCTION 22 | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art Including Holy Land Maps, Illustrated Books, Photography and Graphic Art from The Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg of Greenwich, Conn

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Lot 160

Hebrew. PENTATEUCH). Chamishah Chumshei Torah

ONE OF 850 COPIES printed on Van Gelder paper. Typeface designed by Marcus Behmer. Woodcut decorative title in blue, brown and black. Initial word of each of the Five Books surrounded by arabesques and printed in brown and black, few verses and single words printed in red Contemporary morocco-backed vellum, gilt. Folio

Berlin: Officina Serpentis for the Soncino Gesellschaft 1931-33

Est: $600 - $900
The most ambitious undertaking of the Soncino Gesellschaft der Freunde des juedischen Buches. The Bible was printed with a new typeface designed by Marcus Behmer and styled on the Prague Hagadah of Gershom Kohen. “It ranks among the most beautiful Hebrew books ever printed.” The intended completion of the entire Bible was aborted due to the rise of Nazism. See A.J. Karp, Library of Congress Catalogue pp. 31-34 (illustrated); L. Avrin, The Art of the Hebrew Book in the Twentieth Century, in: New York Public Library Catalogue, A Sign and a Witness (1988) p.135 (illustrated)