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

Lot 113

Printed Wall Calendar for 5342 – Mantua, 1581 – Only Known Copy

Opening: $4,000
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Sold for: $9,375
Including buyer's premium

Printed wall calendar for 5342 (1581-1582). Mantua: Meir son of Efraim of Padua, [1581].
Large leaf, printed on one side. Detailed calendar of the months of the year, with the times of the molad, the Parashiot read every week, the dates of festivals and special days, the tekufot, and the Hebrew dates of Christian saints' days.
In the lower left-hand corner, printer's device of Meir son of Efraim of Padua (active in Mantua in 1556-1583): a lion holding a ball in his front paws, set in a cartouche (see: Yaari, Diglei HaMadpisim HaIvriim, Jerusalem 1944, pp. 17 and 135 no. 29; Yudlov, Diglei Madpisim, Jerusalem, 2002, pp. 119-120, no. 29).
Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. To the best of our knowledge, this the sole existing exemplar.

45X31.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, including dark dampstains. Closed and open tears, primarily to upper part of leaf, affecting text, repaired with paper.

The NLI catalog (previously the Valmadonna collection) lists most of the calendars printed in Mantua in the 1560s-1580s, in similar format. The present calendar is one of the very few lacking in the collection.
• Elisheva Carlebach, Palaces of Time, Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe (Harvard University Press, 2011). The present calendar is photographed on p. 63.
• The Writing on the Wall, a Catalogue of Judaica Broadsides from the Valmadonna Trust Library, London & New York, 2015, pp. 239-244.
Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, 075.011.020.

Broadsides, Jewish Ceremonial Art, Parchment Manuscripts