AUCTION 73 | Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 290


Two Hebrew prayers relating to weather and conditions of nature: <<*>> Metzalin Leatzirath Geshamim [prayer for rain]. Eshpoch Kayam Mei Dema’oth. Manuscript on paper. pp. 9. Neat Italian semi-cursive Hebrew script. Wax-candle staining. Final page written in Italian with date 1613. Later wrappers. 4to. <<*>> Tephilah al Shetef Mayim [prayer against the flooding of the River Po]. Manuscript on paper. Single page. 14.5 x 10 in. Italian square Hebrew script. Turin, 18th-century. Worn at folds, taped repairs.

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Est: $1,200 - $1,800
The first prayer was recited during a time of drought (see Davidson no. 8148). The second prayer was recited in communities situated along the River Po, including Cremona, Ferrara, Mantua, Reggio and Turin. The Po is a river that flows eastward across northern Italy and over the centuries has been subject to heavy flooding.