AUCTION 41 | Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Graphic Art

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Lot 200


(Liturgy). Monteil, Abraham, (Ed.) Seder HaAshmoroth MeRosh Chodesh Elul VeAsereth Yemei Teshuvah [Early Morning Prayers from the New Moon of Elul through the Ten Days of Repentance]. According to the Rite of the Communities of Carpentras, L'isle and Cavaillon ff. 82. Stained with some worming. Ex-library. Contemporary calf, broken. 4to Vinograd, Amsterdam 1823

Amsterdam: Hertz Levi Rofe & son-in-law 1763

Est: $700 - $900
SCARCE COPY WITH VARIANT TITLE PAGE MENTIONING THREE COMMUNITIES. Abraham Monteil, editor of this prayer book, was a native of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, smallest of “the four holy communities” of Comtat Venaissin, the papal territory in Southern France that historically provided a safe haven for Jews fleeing the provinces of Languedoc and Provence, from whence they were expelled by the French monarchs. (The other three communities were: Avignon, Carpentras, and Cavaillon.) The Jews of the Comtat had their own synagogue rite, which Cecil Roth notes to be “of very considerable historical and literary interest.” According to Roth (see p. 85 in his Studies in Books and Booklore cited below), the title page on this copy which also mentions L'isle and Cavaillon is a rare variant of which only a small number of copies were published (not cited by Vinograd). See C.Roth, “The Liturgy of Avignon and the Comtat Venaissin,” Journal of Jewish Bibliography I (1939) p. 99-105; reprinted in Cecil Roth, Studies in Books and Booklore (1972), pp. 81-87; EJ, Vol. V, cols. 208, 859; Vol. IX, col.105; Vol. XI, col. 402