AUCTION 49 | Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters and Graphic Art

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BRANDES, SIMON WOLFF. Bi'ur Sod HaNevu'ah ["Explanation of the Secret of the Prophecy": by use of gematri'oth or numerical equivalents, Author interprets Psalm XXI as referring to Prussian King Frederick] Two parts. German section suffused with Hebrew. pp. (8); 15, (1); (8). Hebrew section crisp, German section lightly browned. [Vinograd, Berlin 21 (no copy in JNUL)]. Berlin: Daniel Ernst Jablonski / Ulrich Liebpert, 1701. * BOUND WITH other works relating to Frederick and his successor Frederick William, of a general nature: Cernitius, Johanne. Decem `e Familia Burggraviorum Nurnbergensium Electorum Brandenburgicorum [genealogy of Electors of Brandenburg]. Berlin: Typis Rungianis, 1628. pp. (8), 110. * Preussische Kroenungs-Geschichte / Oder Verlauf der Ceremonien / Mit welchen…Hern Friderich der Dritte…zu Brandenburg / Die Koenigliche Wuerde…Koenigreichs Preussen [description of ceremony whereby Frederick III of Brandenburg assumed the throne of the Prussian Kingdom] Berlin: Ulrich Liebpert, 1702. pp. (32), 95, (1 blank), 87, (1 blank), (20). * Geburths-Tag des…Herrn Friedrich Wilhelms / Koenig in Preussen…Den 15. Aug. 1714. [birthday celebration of Frederick William, King of Prussia. (Halle: Christian Henckel, n.d.) pp. (42). * Oratio Secularis…Frederici Wilhelmi, Regis Prussiae, Electoris Brandenburgici Frankfurt on Oder, n.d. pp. (74) Ex-library. Contemporary half-vellum marbled boards, expertly rebacked. Folio

Est: $1,500 - $2,500
RARE. Vinograd knew of the existence of the book Bi'ur Sod HaNevu'ah only through the hearsay of Friedberg. On the title, Simon Wolff Brandes presents himself as the protected "Schutz-Jude in Berlin." In 1701, Frederick (1657-1713) elevated himself from "Frederick III, Margrave or Elector of Brandenburg," to "Frederick I, first King of Prussia." Upon his death in 1713, he was succeeded by his son Frederick William I (1688-1740), who in turn ruled as King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg until his death in 1740