Lot 1

Parchment Manuscript – Kiddush Levana – Germany, 1726 – With Yiddish Instructions and Kabbalistic Practices

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Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Sold for: $4,500
Including buyer's premium
Parchment manuscript, Kiddush Levana, with Yiddish instructions and kabbalistic practices. [Germany], 1726. Illustrated title page.
Small format. Brown and black ink on parchment. Square (vocalized) and semi-cursive Ashkenazic script. Enlarged initial words, one with hollow letters and one colored with gold ink. An illustrated title page opens the manuscript, with the name of the owner (who ordered the manuscript) in the center and note of the year: "Belongs to… Yoel son of R. Lima Segal, 1726".
The following inscription appears at the top of the page following the title page: "See my sons, who are scrupulous in observing the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana". This is followed by a section beginning with: "The Kabbalists have written that performing the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana on Motzei Shabbat in festive attire is a great mitzvah…".
Instructions in Yiddish, in semi-cursive Ashkenazic script. For example, before the words "Baruch Yotzrech, Baruch Osech", are instructions to recite these words three times and to have the intent that the initial letters compose the name "Yaakov".
Written on p. [7b]: "The Kabbalists say that one should also recite chapter 67 in Tehillim and shake out the hems of their clothing to chase away the 'kelipot' and this is a great and awesome secret".
The back endpaper bears a late penciled inscription: "This Kiddush Levana was given to me as a gift by my father in 1878".
[8] leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Early binding, velvet-covered wood, partially damaged.
Parchment Manuscripts – Illustrated Manuscripts, Megillot and Single Leaves
Parchment Manuscripts – Illustrated Manuscripts, Megillot and Single Leaves