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Auction 59 Lot Number 1

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Torah Scroll – “Chatam Sofer” Scribal Writing – Hungary, Early 20th Century

Torah scroll. [Hungary?, ca. first half of 20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing. 42 lines per column.
The letters are formed conforming with the approach adopted by the Chatam Sofer, which he learned from his teacher R. Natan Adler of Frankfurt am Main (see Chatam Sofer responsa, Yoreh De'ah, Siman 266).
Height of parchment: approx. 58 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Detached membranes in Parshat No'ach and in Parshat Balak. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing. The scroll was written with "vavei ha'amudim" [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 2

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Small Torah Scroll, with Brass Handles – Ashkenazi-Chassidic Script – Southern Poland, 19th Century

Torah scroll, Ashkenazi-Chassidic scribal writing. [Southern Poland, ca. mid-19th century].
Ink on parchment, 42 lines per column. Rolled on brass Atzei Chaim.
Two ornamentations: One appears at the beginning of Shirat HaYam above the opening words: Az Yashir, and the second is a slanting of the letter "chet" of "VaYachel Moshe". The travels in Parshat Mas'ei are written in a unique manner: most of the lines begin with the word "VaYis'u".
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls who determined the place and date of writing: "The script follows the method of Chassidic leaders who followed the tradition of the Arizal. The name Havaya is also written according to Chassidic teachings and according to the Eshel Avraham of Buczacz (Buchach)". The expert also notes that the membranes were sewn with consecutive stitches.
Height of parchment: approx. 30-32 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: approx. 49 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Faded ink, slightly browning. Holes with halachically valid patches. Parshat Pinchas opens with a new 3-column membrane [ca. beginning of 20th century]. The scroll is rolled on a pair of cast and engraved brass atzei chaim, upper handles broken and damaged. Non-original mantle, red velvet with silver embroidery (on a cardboard lining). The mantle is larger than the book.

Opening1,800$ Sold For2,952$ Including buyers premium

Auction 59 Lot Number 3

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Torah Scroll – US, Mid-20th Century

Torah scroll. [US?, ca. mid-20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing, Central and Eastern European style during the 20th century. The scroll was written with vavei ha'amudim [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.
Height of parchment: approx. 53 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment, glossy verso. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Several membranes at the beginning of the scroll are detached. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

Auction 59 Lot Number 4

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Small Torah Scroll – Poland, 19th Century / Silver Case Embedded with Gemstones

Small Torah scroll. [Poland, second half of 19th century]. Housed in a wooden and silver case. [Unknown country of origin, 20th century].
Octagonal case, in Uzbek-Bukharin style, made of silver-plated wood. The exterior of the case is decorated with Stars of David, Two Tablets of Law and lamps, many granulation ornamentation and embedded gemstones. The case has stylized handles and a silver-chain bolt. The case is crowned by two (removable) finials designed like crowns, also embedded with gemstones and decorated with granulation and filigree.
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Dark stains. Faded ink and ink spreads in several places. Late corrections. One membrane was written by another scribe. Some membranes are detached and some loose. The upper and lower margins of the scroll have been trimmed to fit into the wooden case [made according to Sephardic custom]. Perhaps the parchment was chemically treated imbuing the current light-brown color.
Height of case: 31 cm. Diameter: 18 cm. Height of finials: 27 cm. Good condition. Missing gemstones. Bends. Stains.

Opening4,000$ Sold For7,380$ Including buyers premium

Auction 59 Lot Number 5

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Torah Scroll in a Tunisian Style Wooden Case – Dedications in Memory of R. Faraji Alush Rabbi of Gabès and Members of his Family – Israel, Mid-20th Century

Torah scroll, Sephardi scribal writing, housed in a Tunisian-style wooden case wrapped in drapery. [Israel, ca. 1960s].
Ink on processed parchment. Writing characteristic to Oriental Jewry in Eretz Israel in the 60s.
The scroll is housed in a 13-sided wooden case draped in fabric in Tunisian style, topped with a sawn crown. Attached to the case are dedication plates shaped like the Two Tablets with the names of: "R. Faraji Alush and his son Susu Alush and his wife Felila"; and the inscription: "Donation of the girls Kadara and Zahiya Alush for the life of the family of the holy rabbi…". Hooks are attached all around the case for hanging the crimson velvet drapery machine-embroidered with silver threads, decorated with a braided ribbon and straps. A Torah crown and Tablets of Law are embroidered in the center, flanked by verses, Stars of David surrounded by flowers, lamps and dedications: "Kadara daughter of Felila Alush, Zahiya daughter of Felila Damara and Simcha daughter of Tita Bochovze"; "Felya daughter of Aziza, Aziza daughter of Esther, and Oreda daughter of Rivka, R. Parazi son of Oreda and Pinchas son of Mas'uda Alush".
R. Faraji Alush (1854-1921), Rabbi of Gabès (Tunisia) was a revered sage in Tunis. Author of the Ohev Mishpat responsa. In the 1970s, his remains were brought to Israel and interred in the Be'er Sheva cemetery in which his disciple R. Chaim Chori was buried.
Height of parchment: approx. 50 cm. Light-colored white parchment. Good condition.
Height of case: 74 cm. Diameter: approx. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Breaks. Open break on one side of the crown.
Drapery: 57X113 cm. Good condition. Unraveling fabric and stitches and torn loops.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 6

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Torah Scroll on Gevil – Morocco, 18th/19th Century

Torah scroll, ink on gevil, in Sephardi scribal writing. [Morocco, ca. 18th/19th century[.
Ink on soft, light-brown gevil. 52 lines per column.
Height of membranes: approx. 51 cm. Good-fair condition. Few stains. One membrane slightly detached. Housed in a new case, 85 cm, made of Formica-covered wood with a colorful print, framed with tin crown ornaments.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 7

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Torah Scroll on Gevil – Original Ornate Atzei Chaim – Morocco, 19th Century

Torah scroll. [Morocco, 19th century].
Ink on Gevil (soft texture, brown-hue), Sephardi scribal writing. Rolled on the original atzei chaim. 48 lines per column.
The scroll is rolled on a pair of wooden atzei chaim, carved with a geometric pattern and decorated in green and red. Silver rings, also etched with geometric patterns are attached to the top of the atzei chaim. At the bottom edge of one of the atzei chaim is an ownership inscription in ink: "This is the scroll of [Rabbi] Yitzchak Gabai".
Height of membranes: approx. 53 cm. Maximum height including the atzei chaim: approx. 96 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains. Tears to membrane. Tears affecting text in several places. Late corrections to text. Two late replaced membranes [20th century?].
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 8

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Esther Scroll, with Blessings and Kabbalistic Kavanot – Italy, Early 17th Century

Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, ca. first half of 17th century].
Faded light-brown ink, on light-brown parchment. Sephardi scribal writing (16 lines per column). Several letters in the column listing the names of the ten sons of Haman are embellished with adornments characteristic to Italy in the 16th-17th centuries.
Written on the last membrane at the end of the scroll [in a later writing: ca. first half of the 18th century] is the blessing "HaRav et Riveinu" and the text of "Arur Haman…", with Kabbalistic kavanot (according to the book Chemdat Yamim).
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, some damaging text. Some tears were sewn together (with thread made of animal veins) and one was glued on the verso with a strip of paper. Folds affecting text. Hole in one place affecting text. Many letters are blurred and faded due to aging.
Enclosed is an expert's report.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

Auction 59 Lot Number 9

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iniature Esther Scroll – Italy, Turn of the 18th Century

Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, end of 17th century or first half of 18th century].
Miniature format.
Ink on thin parchment. Italian scribal script (14 lines per column). Enlarged initial, style of layout similar to the scroll printed at the end of the 1551 Venice Chumash. The layout of most of the megillah conforms with the layout of the scroll which was printed at the end of the 1555 Ferrara Chumash.
Height of parchment: 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Holes in the beginning of the scroll, affecting text. Faded ink and ink spreading in several places.
Enclosed in an expert's report.

Opening400$ Sold For541$ Including buyers premium

Auction 59 Lot Number 10

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Esther Scroll – Sephardi Script

Esther scroll. [Near East (most probably Eretz Israel), first half of 20th century].Ink on parchment.
Sephardi scribal script decorated with serifs (tagim). "Hamelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "Hamelech"), 20 lines per column.
On the reverse of the first membrane appears an inscription in oriental script: "This scroll was… the estate of the deceased rabbi…". Rolled on a wooden roller. Parchment strip for binding (detached).
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Height of parchment: 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and creases. Some tears. Correction of ink in some places.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 11

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Large Chassidic Esther Scroll – Enlarged Holy Names – Poland

Parchment Esther scroll, large format. [Poland, 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat scribal writing, HaAri Ashkenazi-Chassidic. 42 lines per column.
In seven places in the scroll, letters alluding to Holy Names at the beginning and end of words are enlarged [The Name of G-d is not mentioned throughout the Esther scroll, but allusions can be found to His Names. A common Chassidic-Kabbalistic practice is to stress the Names in the scroll, however, according to the opinion of the Vilna Gaon, only letters enlarged by the Mesorah (tradition) are permitted to be enlarged].
Height of parchment: 54 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and dark discoloration. Few holes and tears to parchment. Creases. Blurred and faded letters in some places.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 12

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Esther Scroll in Small Writing – Poland-Lithuania, 19th/20th Century

Esther Scroll on parchment. [Poland-Lithuania, ca. 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Small artistic Ashkenazi scribal writing. 42 lines per column.
Height of parchment: 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Few holes and tears to parchment. Blurred, faded letters in some places due to aging.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 13

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Tehillim – Venice, 1521

Tehillim. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1521.
On the first leaf is a partial title page, titled Ketuvim. Part of a volume of the Bible printed in Venice in 1521. The 1521 edition was identical to the first Bomberg edition of the Bible printed in Venice in 1518, with the exception of the book of Tehillim which in this (1521) edition is printed in short lines, four columns per leaf.
Long Latin inscriptions throughout the book.
399-434 leaves (a photocopy of the general title page of the Bible was added to the beginning of the volume). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 14

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Trei Asar and Five Megillot – Paris, 1543 – The Miniature Edition

Two volumes - Trei Asar and the Five Megillot. Paris, 1543. Part of the miniature edition of the Bible printed by Robertus Stephanus (Robert Estienne) in 1543-1546.
Two volumes. Trei Asar: [117] leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Worming to some leaves. Stains. Several inscriptions. Five Megillot: [80] leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Stains. The last two leaves were replaced with leaves from another copy. Contemporary bindings.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 15

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Five Books of the Torah – Sabbioneta, 1554 – Pocket Edition with Contemporary Leather Binding

Five Books of the Torah. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, "by Cornelio Edelkind", [1554].
Pocket edition. Handsome volume with contemporary leather binding.
Printed on the title page: "Open parshiot according to the Rambam… similar to a copy of a Torah scroll as much as possible, therefore the vowels and te'amim were omitted. A chart was added at the end which shows the source of the Torah readings for the entire year and for Shabbat and Festivals…". On the verso of the title page: "All need this, because all are obligated [to hear] the reading… Therefore, we have agreed to print this Chumash…to accompany a person at all times…".
223, [3] leaves. 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains to title page and to other pages. The text on one leaf is slightly flawed. Contemporary leather binding, with minor damages.
The date of printed was determined by Avraham Ya'ari, Mehkerei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, p. 361 no. 15 and p. 348.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 16

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Bible – Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim – Antwerp, 1573-1574

Bible - Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
This edition was printed without vowelization or cantillation marks.
[1], 3-389 pages. 16.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstains. Dark and stained pages. Wear and creases. Several pages have severe staining and dampstains. The margins of the title page are cut flush with the border, without damage to the border or text. Minor damage to the title page. Old leather binding, without spine; damaged.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 17

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Five Books of the Torah and Neviim – Antwerp, 1573-1574 – Pocket Edition

Five Books of the Torah, and Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
Pocket edition, volume with three parts (of four, without Ketuvim). Contemporary ancient leather binding, with gilt decorations on the spine and with a metal clasp.
Three parts in one volume. Torah: 318 pages, [6] blank pages. Nevi'im Rishonim: 271 pages, [5] blank pages. Nevi'im Achronim: 287 pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Both front and back boards are detached.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 18

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Nevi’im and Ketuvim – Antwerp, 1573-1574 – Three Volumes, Pocket Edition – Ancient Manuscript Fragments Incorporated Into Binding

Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, [1573-1574].
Three volumes in pocket editions: Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim. Part of a four-volume edition of the Bible.
Leaves from a manuscript of Ibn Sina's Canon of Medicine (Hebrew translation), in Sephardi script [15th/16th century], were used in making the bindings of all three volumes.
Volume of Nevi'im Rishonim: 271, [1] pages. Lacking title page. Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: 287, [1] pages. Volume of Ketuvim: 352 pages. 9.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather bindings with minor damages.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 19

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Bible – Leiden, 1610 – Original Binding

Five Books of the Torah, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Leiden: sons of Franciscus Raphelengius, [1610].
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Separate title pages for Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Unvowelized.
Incomplete copy - four leaves missing. 32, 37-44, 45-264, 227; 238 leaves; [1] blank leaf, 287 leaves. Pages 33-36 and 45-48 are missing and have been replaced with handwritten pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The title page is mostly detached. Erased inscription on the title page. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation. The letters "M.E.S.L.V.S." are embossed on the front and back covers. Wear and minor damage to the binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 20

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Mikraot Gedolot – Venice, 1617

Mikraot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with Targum, Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Radak and Ralbag commentaries and the Mesorah. Venice: Bragadin, [1617-1619].
Two volumes containing Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim [from a complete four-volume edition of the Bible]. The books were printed and sold in weekly pamphlets, during 1617-1619, to finance the printing costs [see the Ketuvim volume, at the end of p. [8b]].
Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: [1], 442-668. 40 cm. Volume of Ketuvim: [1], 672-908; 8; [25] leaves (lacking a leaf from the appendices. Originally: [26] leaves). 39 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains and wear. Several leaves bound out of order. Damages to the title page of Nevi'im Achronim. Volume of Ketuvim: Several slightly damaged leaves repaired with glued paper. Ancient leather binding. The volume of Ketuvim has laces for fastening.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 21

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Bible – Geneva, 1618

Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Geneva: Caffa Ilan, 1618.
Vowelized Bible, with two columns on each page. Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim (the five Megillot are printed after the Chumash without separate title pages). The Ketuvim title page contains the (incorrect) date of printing: 1614.
369, [1]; 124 leaves. The blank page [1] is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. 22 cm. Good condition. Light colored high quality paper. Stains. Leaves 30-32 are partially detached with minor tears to the margins. Original leather binding; damaged.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 22

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Tehillim and Seder Ma’amadot – Venice, 1623 – Miniature Edition – Bibliographically Unknown

Sefer Tehillim (Psalms), with Seder Ma'amadot. [Venice, 1623]. Unknown printer.
Miniature volume with original leather binding. Title page of Sefer Tehillim is missing. Separate title page for Seder Ma'amadot containing the printing date and location.
[94], [1] blank leaf; [71] leaves. Approx. 7 cm. Missing title page of Sefer Tehillim. Condition varies; good-fair. Stains. The second part has several open tears to the margins, affecting text in several places. Dark stains. Original leather binding; with defects and worming.
This edition is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and does not appear in the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 23

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Tehillim – Kodesh Hillulim – With Spanish Translation and Commentary – Amsterdam, 1671

Sefer Kodesh Hillulim, Las Alabancas de Santidad, traducion de los Psalmos de David, por la misma Phrasis y palabras del Hebrayco. Tehillim in Hebrew, with Spanish translation and commentary by R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo. Amsterdam, [1671].
R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo (1603-after 1675), a Jewish scholar in 17th-century Amsterdam, was born in Portugal to a family of Jews expelled from Spain and studied in Amsterdam with the rabbi of the Neve Shalom community, R. Yitzhak Uziel. Famous for his books on the structure of the temple, he later created a model of Solomon’s Temple and its holy vessels on an equivalent scale. This renowned creation earned him the appellation of “Templo” in the European world of science in those days. This is a Spanish translation with a commentary which he authored during the course of seven months, which reaped lavish praise of sages, scholars, researchers and poets.
Printed from left to right.
[16] leaves; 458, [6] pages. 18 cm. Good condition. Light-colored paper. Stains. Stamps on title page. Contemporary leather binding with ornamentation and gilt embossments. Damaged binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 24

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Bible – Amsterdam, 1659-1661

Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, [1659-1661].
First edition of the Bible edited by Johannes Leusden who also wrote the Latin introduction which appears after the proofreaders' Hebrew introduction. This edition was proofread in line with earlier printings and for many years was deemed the most accurate edition of the Bible.
Four parts in two volumes. General title page illustrated with a lovely copper-engraved frontispiece with vignettes from the Bible and a general title page in Latin. Each of the other three parts of the Bible have separate title pages.
Two volumes. Vol. 1: Torah, Five Megillot and Nevi'im Rishonim: [9], 234; 180 leaves. Vol. 2: Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim: 175, 180-190; 198 leaves. Leaves 209-234 containing the Five Megillot found in Vol. 1 were reprinted in the middle of Vol. 2 after the title page of Ketuvim. 17-18 cm. Good condition. Light-toned paper. Stains. Inscriptions and several notations (in Latin). New leather bindings.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 25

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Five Books of the Torah – Amsterdam, 1679-1680 – Original Leather Binding

Five Books of the Torah, with Five Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam: Uri ben Aaron Ha-Levi [1679-1680].
Pocket-size format, with original leather binding.
The last [4] leaves, with an "original poem for Rosh Chodesh" by R. Shlomo de Oliveyra, are not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and do not appear in the copy of the National Library of Israel.
120, 120-131, 133-149, 160-258 [i.e. 250], 239-372, [4] leaves. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The margins of the title page are trimmed with slight damage to border. Gilt-edged pages. Original green leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Worming and slight damage to binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 26

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Five Books of the Torah – Amsterdam, 1699-1701 – Ornate Leather Binding

Five Books of the Torah, with Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1699-1701].
Pocket edition. Ornate ancient leather binding, with metal clasps (one clasp is broken; part of it is missing). 402; 63 leaves (first half title page and half title page of Haftarot missing). 13.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Open tear on leaf 271.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 27

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Bible – Amsterdam, 1700-1705

Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Five Megillot, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim, Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1700-1705].
Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and for Ketuvim.
[1], 2-181; 142-286, [1]; 152, [1] leaves. Lacking leaf of approbations and illustrated frontispiece. 13 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Many Latin inscriptions on flyleaves. Restored leather binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 28

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Bible – Berlin, 1710-1711 – Four Pocket-Edition Volumes

Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Berlin, 1710-1711. Four pocket-edition volumes (tall and narrow). Part 1: [4], 220 pages. Part 2: [1], 187 pages. Part 3: [1], 194 pages. Part 4: [1], 231 pages. Part 1 lacks the front flyleaf, the Hebrew title page (replaced with an artistic photocopy) and the Latin title page. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor damages. Old bindings with leather spines, placed in slipcase (damaged).

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Auction 59 Lot Number 29

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Five Books of the Torah – Dyhernfurth, 1793-1794 – Original Handsome Leather Binding

Five Books of the Torah and Five Megillot with Targum Onkelos, Rashi commentary and Haftarot. Dyhernfurth, [1793-1794].
Miniature format. Original handsome leather red binding, with gilt decorations. The front cover is embossed with the letters S.U.
494; 26, [1], 42-49; [1], 21 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original handsome leather binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 30

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Seder Me’ah Brachot According to the Sephardic Rite – Venice, 1636 – Unknown Edition – Original Handsome Leather Binding

Seder Me'ah Brachot (Hundred Blessings), "According to the Sephardic rite", including Bircat Hamazon (Grace after Meals), Passover Haggadah, Tefillat Haderech (travellers' prayer), and "prayer at sea", as well as blessings for different occasions. Venice: Giovanni Martinelli, "commissioned by Sir Vendramini", 1636.
Pocket-size edition. Original handsome leather binding, with elaborate gilt embossing and decorations. The letters GT are embossed in the center of the binding.
The edition is not registered in the catalogue of the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, and appears in neither OCLC nor the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.
Ownership inscription the back flyleaf: "This volume belongs to Elisha Emron" [of Livorno. He is mentioned in the Chida's letter; see enclosed material].
63 leaves. 9.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Stains, wear and minor damage to the title page and several other pages. Tear to page 54, slightly affecting text. Several upper margins are trimmed bordering text. Original leather binding with gilt embossing; damaged.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 31

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Machzor for the High Holidays and for Festivals – Two Volumes – Amsterdam, 1689

Two volumes of a machzor - "Machzor of Sephardim for the High Holidays", and "Prayers for Festivals Sephardic rites". Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, [1689].
Vol. 1 - Selichot, and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Vol. 2 - Prayers for Sukkot, Pesach and Shavu'ot, with commentary by the Rashbetz on Hosha'anot.
Vol. 1: 402 (i.e. 312) leaves. Without engraved frontispiece. The front binding with leaves 1-65 are detached from the rest of the machzor. Vol. 2: 255 leaves. Leaf 35 is partially torn, affecting text. Detached front binding. 14 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Loose and detached leaves. Damaged bindings.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 32

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Year-Round Siddur – Venice, 1702-1703 – Pocket Edition – Leaves with Handwritten Prayers

Seder Tefillot Me'ulot - year-round siddur according to the Sephardi rite. Venice, [1702-1703]. Pocket edition.
Includes "Tikum Chatzot cited by R. Moshe Zacuto, with a few laws and novellae". An introduction to Tikun Chatzot appears on p. 213a: "The version of Tikun Chatzot was fixed and received from the elder pious and self-effacing R. Binyamin Levi who transmitted it 'mouth to mouth' to R. Moshe Zacuto who by faithful tradition received it from the disciples of the Ari…".
12 leaves of handwritten prayers were bound at the end of the siddur: Two in semi-cursive Italian script with the version of Mi SheBerach for marriages and for circumcisions, and ten leaves in neat (vowelized) square script containing various prayers: Kabblistic prayers to add to the Shacharit prayer, a prayer to recite "before delivering a sermon in public", blessing for a guest, etc. The last prayer incorporates the names of the brothers "Moshe Chaim and Aharon Chai, Cohanim, sons of Shoshana, they and their wives and children and their entire families…" [The identity of the writer and for whom these leaves were written remains obscure, however, we assume that he was a rabbi who delivered public sermons].
55, 57-220 leaves (lacking leaf 56) + [12] handwritten leaves. Leaf 88 is bound between leaves 80 and 81. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Few tears affecting text (with gluing). Contemporary binding with vellum spine, damages.
Not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. The year on the title page is 1702 and in the colophon - 1703.

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Year-Round Siddur, Ashkenazi Rite – Amsterdam, 1704 – Tortoiseshell Book Binding with Silver Clasps

Year-Round siddur, Ashkenazi rite, with Tehillim and Ma'amadot. Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, [1704]. Separate title pages for Tehillim and for Ma'amadot.
Fine tortoiseshell binding with ornate silver clasps. Ornate silver plates are embedded in the binding, on both sides. Two of the plates are etched with the initials "S.L." and "D.L." (apparently, the initials of members of the Levi family).
270; 42; 65, [1] leaves. 16 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Light stains. Small tears to first title page, almost without loss. Detached endpapers (front endpaper is torn and partially missing). Handwritten family inscription (Hebrew and English) on back endpaper. Pasted on the front endpaper is a strip of paper with an English dedication. Minor damages and breaks to binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 34

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Siddur and Chumash with Spanish Translation – Amsterdam, 1717/1718 – Tortoiseshell Book Binding with Silver Clasps

Orden de las Oraciones cotidianas por estilo seguido [Daily prayers], Amsterdam, [1717]. Bound with: Los cinco libros de la ley divina [Five Books of the Torah]. Amsterdam, [1718]. Both printed by Shlomo Proops. Spanish.
Siddur and Chumash translated into Spanish. Title pages of both books are engraved. On the title page of the Siddur are Biblical scenes, and on the title page of the Chumash are illustrations of Moshe and Aharon, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the Beit HaMikdash. The calendar "Calendario de Ros-Hodes Fiestas y Ayunos" (1717-1733, also printed by Shlomo Proops) is bound between the two books.
Fine tortoiseshell binding, with silver clasps (marked). Silver plates are embedded in the binding, on both sides.
Siddur: [8] leaves, 535, [3] pages. Calendar: [5] leaves. Chumash: [1] leaf, pp. 411-412 (belong to the Haftarot), 528 pages. Separate title page for the Haftarot at the end of the Chumash. 17 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Stains and dampness traces. Ex-libris on the inner side of the back binding. Minor damages to binding. One broken clasp.

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Machzor for High Holidays, Sephardi Rites – Amsterdam, 1712 – Pocket Edition, Contemporary Leather Binding

"Sephardi Machzor for the High Holidays". Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, [1712].
Pocket edition, contemporary handsome leather binding with gilt ornamentation.
Two parts. Separate title page for each part. Part 1 is composed of daily prayers. Part 2 contains prayers for Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur. Approbations of the Rabbi of the Amsterdam Sephardi community R. Shlomo Ayllón (Aelion) and of the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community, author of the Chacham Zvi, appear at the beginning of the machzor.
44; 311-468. Two title pages. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Gilt edges. Fine contemporary leather binding. Minor damages to binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 36

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Siddur According to the Roman Rite – Venice, 1718 – Original Leather Binding

Prayerbook according to the Roman rite, including prayers for the entire year, Tehillim (Psalms) and Ma'amadot. Venice, [1718].
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Particularly thick volume including all prayers for the entire year: High Holidays, Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot, Tehillim, Torah readings, various prayers and Ma'amadot.
360, 336 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt-edged pages. Original leather binding with damaged clasp (second clasp missing). Damage and worming to the binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 37

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Siddur – Florence, 1736 – Two Copies

Siddur for Rosh Chodesh and Festivals, Sephardi rites. Florence, [1736]. Pocket edition.
Prayers for Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh, the Three Festivals, High Holidays, Chanuka and Purim and fast days. Contains Pirkei Avot (with Italian translation), Passover Haggadah, Azharot for the Festival of Shavuot, Selichot and Hosha'anot, etc. Ends with "Seder Zemanim - composed by… David Mildola of Livorno…", [songs and prayers for various occasions].
Two complementary copies: Copy 1 lacks the last leaf. Copy 2 lacks Leaves 227-231, 350-351 (total of 7 leaves). Originally: [1], 351 leaves. 12 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Copy 1: The margins of some leaves are trimmed, slightly affecting text. New binding. Copy 2: paper gluing to margins of title page. Contemporary damaged leather binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 38

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Miniature Prayer Book for the High Holy Days – Amsterdam, 1740

"Sephardic Machzor for the High Holy Days", "redacted in a small volume in an aesthetic and comfortable arrangement". Amsterdam: Abraham ben Raphael Hezekiah Athias, [1740].
Prayer book in miniature form, including Selichot and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Miniature volume. 360 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges (decorated). Original ornate leather binding, with gilt ornaments and clasp for fastening. Detached spine. Minor damage to binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 39

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Seder Chamisha Ta’aniyot – Amsterdam, 1740 – Miniature Edition with Original Leather Binding

Seder Chamisha Ta’aniyot, according to the Sephardic rite. Amsterdam: Abraham ben Raphael Hezekiah Athias, [1740].
Miniature edition with original leather binding.
Prayers and Torah readings for the Fast of Gedalya, the 10th of Tevet, Ta’anit Esther, the 17th of Tamuz and for Tisha B’Av.
199, [1] leaves. approx. 8 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several margins are trimmed on text border, with slight textual damage. Original handsome leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Minor damage to binding. In original case.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 40

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Machzor – Two Volumes – Venice, 1742

Year-round machzor, weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals, Italian rite. Venice, [1742]. Two parts in two volumes.
"Year round machzor according to the rites of the holy communities of Italian Jews". Engraved frontispiece in all volumes.
Part 1: Prayers for weekdays and Shabbat, Pesach and Shavuot, public fasts and the four parshiot. Part 2: Selichot and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
Part 2 contains glosses in Italian script in several places with explanations of words, text variations and errata. A handwritten index of piyyutim appears on a front endpaper.
Vol. 1: [2], 264 leaves. 18 cm. Vol. 2: [2], 274 leaves. 19.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Gilt edges. Some of the letters on the title pages are printed in red ink. Binding and several leaves of Part 1 are detached. Contemporary bindings, damaged.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 41

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Sephardic Siddur – Venice, 1796 / Sefer Tikkunei Shabbat – Venice, 1793 – Miniature

Prayerbook according to the Sephardic rite. Venice, [1796]. Bound with: Sefer Tikkunei Shabbat by the Ari. Venice, [1793].
Miniature volume with original leather binding.
The title page of "Tikkunei Shabbat" states, "Printed as a merit for the child Na'im Gad ben Yitzchak Foa of Constantinople" (grandson of the printer, Gad Foa).
224, 128 leaves. Approximately 9 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt edged pages. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation; damaged. Tears to the spine. Includes original matching case, missing a part.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 42

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Machzor for Yom Kippur – Venice, 1792 / With Printed Leaf “Tefilla L’VaYa’avor” by the Author of Or HaChaim HaKadosh – Unicum

Yom Kippur prayers, Sephardi rites, with prayers from the writings of the Ari and from the book Chemdat Yamim. Venice, [1792].
Fine copy with contemporary leather binding.
A printed leaf titled "Tefilla L'Va'Ya'avor" is attached to the front flyleaf (with a metal pin), containing a prayer by R. Chaim ibn Attar, author of Or HaChaim, "to say on Yom Kippur while the cantor is saying Va'Ya'avor" [prayer regarding the exile of the Shechina, printed in Livorno in 1797 in the machzor for Yom Kippur (see next item) and later in additional machzorim].
This leaf was printed on its own, apparently in Livorno, soon after the printing of this machzor. The leaf is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor does it appear in the NLI catalog. As far as we know, this is the only existing copy.
[1], 146-206, 193-352, 2 leaves + [1] printed leaf. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather binding with gilt adornments, with damages. Wear and light tears to attached leaf.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 43

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Four-Volume Yom Kippur Machzor – Livorno, 1797 – Handsome Contemporary Bindings

Yom Kippur Machzor. Livorno, [1797]. Printed by Eliezer Sa'adon. Hebrew and Ladino.
Five parts in four volumes. Each part has a separate title page and title. Special medium-sized edition, for convenient use.
The prayer "Tefillah L'VaYa'avor" was first printed in these machzorim [to be said at the time the cantor recites "Va'Ya'avor"] by R. Chaim ibn Attar, author of Or HaChaim. This prayer appears in all five parts.
1. Part 1: "K'lil Tiferet - Minchah prayer for Erev Yom Kippur. Bound with: Part 2 - "Ma'ariv Aravim" - the Kol Nidrei prayer and Arvit. Kol Nidrei is followed by a prayer for Grand Duke Ferdinand III, with a Ladino text. Introduction by the printer R. David Chaim Milul (in Ladino).
2. Part 3: "Morning Prayer for the Day of Awe" - Shacharit and the Torah reading. Prayer for Grand Duke Ferdinand III, with Ladino text.
3. Part 4: "Avodat Mikdash" - Musaf prayer.
4. Part 5: "Minchah for the late afternoon and the locking of the gates" - Minchah and Ne'ila, and Arvit for Motza'ei Yom Kippur.
Five parts in four volumes: 16 leaves; [4], 46, 17-36 leaves; 105 leaves; 70 leaves; 72, 37-50 leaves. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Some worming. Contemporary binding embossed with the name Salamone Cammeo.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 44

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Set of Machzorim, Ashkenazi Rites – Rödelheim, 1800-1805 – First Edition

Set of machzorim, Ashkenazi rites, published by R. Wolf son of R. Shimshon of Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1800-1805. Nine volumes, all first editions. Two title pages per volume. Attractive set with original leather bindings.
The printing of the first edition of these machzorim, by R. Ze'ev Wolf Heidenheim, began in 1800 and ended in 1805 with the printing of the machzor for Shavu'ot (in which he writes: "The work on this part has been completed together with the Kerovot for all nine parts). During these years, the first volumes were reprinted several times. These machzorim merited enthused approbations by leading Torah figures including the Ba'al Hafla'ah. The Chatam Sofer too, wrote an approbation praising these machzorim. Often, in his sermons and in his compositions, the Chatam Sofer cites the commentaries and notations of "the accomplished sage R. Wolf Heidenheim". The Admor HaZaken, R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Ba'al HaTanya, endorsed the Heidenheim siddur and upon printing his own siddur, he "instructed to proofread it from the siddur of the well-known sage R. Wolf Heidenheim printed in Rödelheim, because it is accurate [and] proofread very well". His machzorim made a great contribution to the research and preservation of the piyyutim of Ashkenazi communities, and numerous editions were reprinted up until the Holocaust.
Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Heidenheim - the Rava (1757-1832) - was an exegete, grammarian and renowned mesorah researcher. In his printing press in Rödelheim, he printed his grammatical works, his Chumashim accurately adhering to the mesorah, and his celebrated machzorim "Sefer Kerovot."
Nine volumes. Vol. 1 (First Day of Rosh Hashanah; 1800; first edition): [2], 103; 12 leaves. * Vol. 2 (Second Day of Rosh Hashanah; 1800; first edition): [2], 99, 12 leaves. * Vol. 3 (Eve of Yom Kippur; 1800; first edition): [1], 56, 16 leaves + [3], 68; 12; 22 leaves from volume 4.* Vol. 4 (Yom Kippur; 1803; first edition): 41; 12; 28; 12; 33; [1] leaves. The first part of this volume ([3], 68; 12; 22 leaves) is bound at the end of Vol. 3. * Vol. 5 (First and Second day of Pesach; 1800; first edition): [6], 104; 12 leaves. * Vol. 6 (Seventh and Eighth day of Pesach; 1800; first edition): [2], 14; 116; 12 leaves. * Vol. 7 (Shavu'ot; 1805; first edition): [8] 10; 12; 124; 12 leaves. * Vol. 8 (First and Second day of Sukkot; 1800; first edition): [2], 12; 63; 10; 12 leaves. * Vol. 9 (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah; 1803; first edition): 7 [actually: 4], 115; 12 leaves.
18 cm. White and greenish paper. Gilt edges. Overall very good condition. Scattered stains. Paper restorations in some places. Matching set. Original leather bindings, with new leather spines.
All nine volumes contain the bookplate of Professor Yisrael Ta-Shema (1936-2004). His handwritten notations and inscriptions appear in several places and on the flyleaves.

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Beit Tefilla – Pisa, 1816 – Miniature Siddur

Siddur Beit Tefilla, containing prayers for the entire year according to the Italian rite, "with small letters that have been carefully proofread". Pisa, [1816].
Miniature siddur containing year round prayers, birkat hamazon, traveler's prayer, "beautiful prayer… from the siddur of Rabbi Shmuel Latif", and many other prayers.
64, 49-224 leaves. 7.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases to the margins of several pages. Original leather binding, partially detached. Minor damage to binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 46

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Seder Ma’ariv BiZmana V’Sefirat HaOmer – Mantova, 1740 – Miniature Edition

Seder Ma'ariv BiZmana V'Seder Sefirot HaOmer. Mantova, [ca. 1740].
Miniature volume, bound in original leather binding with gilt embossments and original leather case. A printed blessing for protection appears on the title page. Arvit prayer conforming with Italian rites. With laws of Sefirat HaOmer, and a separate page for each day of the Sefirah, containing Kabbalistic kavanot.
[1], 2-28, 28, 22-27, [1], 28-42, 52 leaves. Mispagination. Total of 52 leaves (complete). 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor wear. Open tear to one of the last leaves (slightly affecting text). Green fabric bookmark. Contemporary leather binding in very good condition. Housed in its original leather case.

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Two Miniature Books – Seder Sefirat HaOmer – Pisa, 1794 / 1796

Two volumes of "Seder Sefirat HaOmer" in miniature format, printed by Gad Foa in Pisa, Italy.
* Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot (intentions) from Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Pisa, 1794.
[36] leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Creases to the corners of several pages. Front wapper. Without binding.
* Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot (intentions) from Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Pisa, 1796.
[40] leaves. 9 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Creases to the corners of several pages. Front wrapper, partially detached. Without binding.

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Seder Sefirat HaOmer and Birkat HaLevana, Sephardi Rite – Amsterdam, 1862 – Small Format – Unusual Text for Last Day of Sefirah

Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with Birkat HaLevana, Sephardi rite. [Amsterdam]: J. B. de Mesquita, 1862. Small format (5.8 cm).
The book opens with the blessing for counting the Omer and with the prayer recited after the counting. This is followed by the full text for each day's counting, a separate page for each day, with the Hebrew text above and the numbers of the days and weeks in Latin script below. The latter is written in the following manner (in Spanish or Portuguese): H [=Hoy/Hoje, today], S [=Semana, week], D [=Día/Dia, day]. Afterward, the Birkat HaLevana and the subsequent prayers are printed.
On p. 54 is an unusual text for the counting of the last day of the Omer: "Today is forty-nine days of the Omer which are seven complete weeks" (instead of "seven weeks"). This text appears in the machzor of the Aleppo rite, Venice 1527, and is similar to the Yemenite text and the text of the Geonim [see: Mekorei HaTefillah, R. A. Zlotnik, Jerusalem 2015, Part 2, p. 169].
65 pages (and another 12 blank leaves at the beginning and end of the book). Height of pages: approx. 5.8 cm, width: approx. 2.6 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tear affecting text to p. 55. Several leaves trimmed on text border. Gilt edges. Original binding, partially detached and slightly damaged, with gold blocking: "Sefirat HaOmer". Placed in a cardboard sleeve.
Rare. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, nor in the NLI catalog. Only two copies are listed in the OCLC, both in Dutch public libraries.

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