Auction 83 - Part I - Rare and Important Items

Manuscript – Commentary of the Radak on Tehillim – Italy, 14th Century

Opening: $3,000
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Sold for: $17,500
Including buyer's premium
Manuscript, commentary of R. David Kimchi – the Radak, on the book of Tehillim. [Italy, ca. 14th century].
Thick, high-quality paper; watermarks similar to known mid-14th century North Italian watermarks. Semi-cursive Italian script.
The text of the commentary in the present manuscript is somewhat edited and shortened. The chapter numbers, which are noted in the margins (in a different hand than the rest of the manuscript), differ from the standard numeration.
Several interlinear emendations and brief glosses (trimmed). Censorship deletions in a few places.
Signature at the beginning of chapter 71: "I, Daniel Alcostantini".
Ownership inscriptions at the beginning of the manuscript and at the beginning of chapter 115: "This is the book of Yehuda Gonzaga" (rabbi and physician in Rome in the 18th century, his composition Minchat Yehuda is extant in manuscript).
[161] leaves. Lacking beginning and end. Comprises 14 gatherings, including 13 complete, consecutive gatherings (each of 12 leaves). First gathering incomplete, comprising only 5 leaves. Manuscript stops in the middle of Psalm 119 (numbered 115 in the present manuscript).
20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains and dark stains. Tears and worming, affecting text in several places. Several leaves repaired with paper. Original parchment binding, damaged.
Incunabula and Early Manuscripts – 14th and 15th Centuries
Incunabula and Early Manuscripts – 14th and 15th Centuries