Auction 92 Part 2 Rare and Important Manuscripts and Items of the Gross Family Collection

Miniature Siddur and Calendar in Spanish – Elaborate Binding with Silver Ornaments – Amsterdam, 1656

Opening: $3,500
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Sold for: $5,000
Including buyer's premium

Miniature volume – siddur and calendar in Spanish, in an elaborate binding with silver ornaments.
Orden de oraciones, de mes con los ayunos del solo y congregacion y Pascuas nuevamente emendaco y añedido (order of prayers for weekdays, Shabbatot and festivals). Amsterdam: Iehuda Machabeu for Eliau y David Uziel Cardoso, 1656. Spanish.
The siddur was printed entirely in Spanish, and was intended for Marranos and members of the Spanish community in Amsterdam.
Rare edition. The siddur is not listed in the NLI catalog.
Bound with: Calendario de Ros-Hodes, fiestas y ajunos, que los Hebreos celebran cada año, con declaracion de la cauza por que las guardan y la razon por que ayunan, des el año ... 5436, hasta 5460 (calendar of Rosh Chodesh and festivals for 1676-1700). Amsterdam: Gillis Joosten Zaagman, [1675]. Spanish.
The binding is decorated on both sides with four silver cornerpieces and two silver clasps designed as pillars. Additional silver ornaments serve as hinges attaching the front and back boards to the spine.
This style of binding was prevalent in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, and was in use primarily in the Netherlands, for binding Bibles and prayer books. Bindings of this type were not often used for Jewish books; the known exemplars mostly originate from the Spanish and Portuguese communities in Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Siddur: [2], 697, [3], 9, [9] pages. Missing final 4 leaves (pp. [10]-[17]). Calendar: 32, [2] pages. 8.5 cm. Gilt edges. Good condition. Stains (dark stains to several leaves). Wormhole in the margins of many leaves. First gathering partially detached. Leaves trimmed with minor damage to headings and page numbers at top of some pages; loss of one line on final leaf. Bookplate of L. [Léon] Gruel inside front board. Losses and minor blemishes to binding.

The binding is documented in the Center for Jewish Art (CJA), item 40665.
Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, NHB.228 / NHB.229.

Broadsides, Jewish Ceremonial Art, Parchment Manuscripts