Books, Manuscripts and Rabbinical Letters Books, Manuscripts & Rabbinical Letters

Auction Details arrow-down

Auction Closed arrow-down

The Auction was held on 13/12/11

Auction Results Auction Results

Download PDF Version

Download PDF Download PDF

Auction 19 Lot Number 25

auction search

Illustrated Ketuba – Isfahan 1875

Illustrated and colorful Ketuba, Isfahan (Persia), Cheshvan 1875. Many signatures of witnesses, groom, rabbis, honored attendants and family members. Illustrations of lions, birds, sun etc.
Approx. 71x55 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears with damage to text, placed in frame 77x61 cm. (Not examined out of frame).

Opening200$ Sold For246$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 26

auction search

Ketubah – Yazd (Persia), 1840

Ketubah in honor of marriage of groom "Tzadik son of Eliezer", and bride "Rachel daughter of Gad". [Yazd?], [1840].
Ink upon paper. Borders of Ketubah contain many signatures of family members and wedding participants (as customary in certain congregations), in addition to signatures of witnesses.
42 cm. Leaf in 45x34 cm. frame. Fair-poor condition, stains, tears (with damage to text) and wear.

Opening200$ Unsold

Auction 19 Lot Number 27

auction search

Colorful Printed Ketubah – Plovdiv (Bulgaria

Colorful printed Ketubah, pages adorned with leaf and flower patterns, Star of David and more. Filled in, in handwriting in honor of marriage of groom Chaim Pardo and bride Zimbol Ramat Tilkamshiach. Plovdiv (Bulgaria), [1938].
Symbol of "Central Council for Jews of Bulgaria" in background of Ketubah. Glued stamps and official ink-stamps.
61x44 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, creases, tears and wear.

Opening300$ Sold For677$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 28

auction search

Rebbe Aharon of Belz and the Rebbe of Bilgoraj – An Invitation to the Marriage of Their Nephew

An invitation from Rebbe Aharon Rokeach of Belz and his brother Rebbe Mordechai Rokeach of Bilgoraj [the Belzer Rebbe's father], on the marriage of Rabbi Yitzchak David Rokeach, son of their brother Rabbi Yehoshua of Jaroslaw who was murdered in the Holocaust. Jerusalem, 1946.
The groom, Rabbi Yitzchak David Rokeach is the father of Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach - the Rebbe of Makhnowka. At that time, Rabbi Yissachar Rokeach, the current Belzer Rebbe, had not yet been born and that groom was the only successor of the Belz dynasty.
8.5 cm. Good condition. File holes, erased inscription.

Opening200$ Sold For394$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 29

auction search

Rabbis and Giants of Israel – Early Photograph, Hamburg, 1870

"Rabbis and Giants of Israel" - creation composed of cut-out photographs and manuscript glued and re-photographed. "Created by Yisraelג€¦ Zevizen scribe and cantor and Halachic ruler of Ungarn, Hamburg", [Hamburg, 1870].
Tweve group photographs of leading rabbis, physicians and scholars, known public figures and prominent figures of the Enlightenment. Majority of photographed are from the countries Hungary, Germany, Poland, France and Holland. Partial list: The "Aruch LaNer" and his son-in-law Rabbi Yosef Izkazan, the "Ktav Sofer", Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (unknown photograph), Moshe Dessoi (Mendelssohn), Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Rapoport of Prague, Rabbi Yehosaf Schwarz, Rabbi Binyamin Bergman of Jerusalem, Rabbi Meir Lehman, Rabbi Avraham Tzvebner (Shag), the Maggid of Koznitz, Moshe Montefiore, the Rothschild Barons, Akiva Lehren of Amsterdam, David Sassoon of Bombay, and many other figures.
23x26 cm. photograph, in old frame of 34.5x36 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Not examined outside of frame.

Opening250$ Sold For443$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 30

auction search

Pictures of Prominent Rabbis – Breslau C. 1890

"Prominent Jewish Rabbis" - lithograph printed large leaf - S. Schottlaender. Breslau, no note of year of printing. [Printing press operated from 1888-1894].
Portraits of 40 leading rabbis: Rambam, Rabbi Shmuel Eidels (the Maharsha), Maggid of Koznitz, Vilna Ga'on, Chatam Sofer and his sons, Ba'al Shem Tov of Michelstadt, Rabbi Akiva Eiger, and others.
40x51.5 cm. Printed with gold and olive green decorations. Good condition. Minor tear to upper margins and few stains. Placed in frame 45x57.5 cm. Not examined out of frame

Opening200$ Sold For369$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 31

auction search

Rabbi Akiva Eiger (Portrait by Herman Shtruk)

"Rabbi Akiva Eiger", lithographic printing of coal sketch, by Herman Shtruk. Berlin, c. 1910.
The artist Herman Shtruk (1876-1944) Berlin-Haifa, a leading Jewish artist of the 20th century.
20.5 cm. Good condition, tiny moth holes to margins.

Opening150$ Sold For209$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 32

auction search

Five Photographs – Second Great Assembly – Vienna, 1929

Collection of photographs from the Second "Great Assembly" of "Agudat Israel". Vienna, 1929.
Five photographs, various sizes and conditions, some damaged and with filing holes. Majority of photographs are rare and unknown.

Opening400$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 33

auction search

Assembly of Rabbis in Kaunas – Two Photographs

Two photographs from assembly of "Association of Rabbis in Lithuania", in the city of Kaunas, 6th of Iyar 1926.
One photograph depicts the directorate table, surrounded by the genius rabbis: Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch, Rabbi Avraham Dovber Shapiro, Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis, Rabbi Baruch Horowitz and additional rabbis. Additional photograph from far, in which the participants appear as well.
Two photographs. Divided as a postcard. Stamped with stamp of "Executive Committee of Association of Rabbis of Lithuania".

Opening200$ Sold For271$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 34

auction search

Historical Photograph of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook and Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld

Historical photograph in which Rabbi Kook, Chief Rabbi of Israel is sitting together with Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, Rabbi of "Eida HaCharedit" of Jerusalem [congregation which was established as a result of the opposition to the rabbinate of Rabbi Kook and the establishment of the Chief Rabbinate by the Zionistic Delegate Committee] together with other rabbis of Jerusalem. Apparently the photograph was taken during the "cornerstone-laying" of one of the new neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Despite the public rivalry between the two rabbis they had a deep friendship and appreciation of one another. This is also apparent in this interesting photograph.
Approx. 12x17 cm. Clear photograph in very good condition, imprinted stamp of photographer "Tzakov Basan, Jerusalem".

Opening150$ Sold For320$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 35

auction search

Anniversary of Death of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz – Printed Illustration

"Anniversary of death of the holy Rabbi Chaim Halberstam and depiction of his gravestone in the city of Sanz" - printed illustration. [Poland, early twentieth century]. Artist: Lidja Triebling.
The illustration portrays a large gathering around the gravestone of the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam in the cemetery of the city of Sanz. The upper section portrays three images of old rabbis, floating on top of a cloud, with the caption: "I am with whoever is just", [apparently, the artist is portraying a Beit Din session of three, in respect of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz as Av Beit Din of the city of Sanz].
25x30 cm. Printed upon cardboard plate. Fair condition. Stains, creases and tears on margins.

Opening200$ Sold For615$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 36

auction search

Sefer Tehillim with Ma’amadot – Slavita, 1827

Sefer Tehillim, with Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion. Includes Seder Ma'amadot. Slavita, [1827]. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro son of Rabbi of Slavita.
Prayer books printed by sons of Rabbi Shapiro of Slavita and grandsons of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz are well-known for their unique quality, who intended in their actions to evoke mercy for the through the prayers of the Jewish nation.
Complete copy. Separate title page for Seder Ma'amadot.
[2], 178 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Title page and number of leaves reinforced with tape. Old, damaged and loose leather binding.

Opening8,000$ Sold For20,910$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 37

auction search

Chamisha Chumshei Torah – Slavita, 1826 – Magnificent Set

Chamisha Chumshei Torah with Rashi commentary, Onkelos translation, Ba'al HaTurim and Siftei Chachamim. Includes Megillot [with second translation of Megillat Esther]. Five sections in five volumes [Bereshit-Devarim]. Slavita, 1826. Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita. [According to approbations, publisher of the Chumash is the Rabbi of Slavita - Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, son of the righteous Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz. Name of Chumashim and place of print in red ink. Sefer Shemot is mistakenly dated 1836. Oriental ownership signatures.
Five volumes: 222 leaves; 222 leaves; 150 leaves; 175 leaves; 176 leaves. Sefer Bamidbar missing leaves 21-24. 20-21 cm. General condition very good. Bluish paper. Stains on some leaves (last leaves of Sefer Shemot contain prominent stains). Tears without omission on several leaves. Ancient and magnificent damaged leather bindings. Includes three antique leather boxes for the Chumashim.

Opening2,500$ Sold For5,904$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 38

auction search

Zohar Bereshit – Slavita Printings

Sefer HaZohar, first section, Sefer Bereshit. Slavita, [1827]. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of the Rabbi of Slavita. Interesting approbations. Various stamps of Rabbi Aharon Mendel HaCohen, Ashkenazi Rabbi of Cairo. Various stamps and signatures.
[4], 251, 17 leaves. Approx. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage on some leaves. New binding.

Opening600$ Sold For1,046$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 39

auction search

Chumashim Bereshit-Shemot with Or HaChaim – Slavita

1. Chumash Bereshit, with Targum and commentaries and Or HaChaim commentary. Slavita, [1824]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Slavita Rabbi. Approbation by Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta and other approbations.196 leaves. Approx. 26 cm. Blue-greenish paper, good condition, wear and use stains. Inscriptions of births and deaths. Damaged, detached leather binding.
2. Chumash Shemot, and Megillat Esther, with Or HaChaim commentary. Slavita, [1824]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Slavita Rabbi.Owners' inscriptions of Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Kopychintsy. On cover leafs: handwritten inscriptions of births from 1890 and deaths from 1907 [in sanctification of G-d's name in pogroms at the end of World War I].182, 24 leaves. Approx. 26.5 cm. Blue-greenish paper, varied condition, good to fair, damage and restoration to title page and several leaves. Most leaves in good condition, wear and stains. Leather binding, damaged.

Opening600$ Sold For3,690$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 40

auction search

Chumash Vayikra Ohr HaChaim, Signature of Rebbe Rabbi Yerachmiel Yosef of Lelov and Additional Esteemed Signatures

Chumash Vayikra with "Ohr HaChaim" commentary. Slavita, [1818]. Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro.
Leaf preceding title page contains various notations and holy signatures of the Rebbe Rabbi "Yerachmiel Yosef" of Lelov, of his father-in-law Rabbi "Shlomo of Stolin" and of his father-in-law's father Rabbi "Moshe ben Pearl" of Stolin.
The holy Rabbi Yerachmiel Yosef Biederman (1866-1918), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Eliezer Menachem of Lelov, grandson of Rabbi Moshe of Lelov and of the "Chozeh [Seer] of Lublin". Was an exalted righteous individual who abstained from the pleasures of This World, involved himself solely in the study of Torah and was known for his extreme righteousness. His brother, Rabbi David Tzvi Shlomo considered him an individual who attained great levels and upon his death called out "Nafla Ateret Rasheinu" [our crown has departed].
His wife, Rabbanit Nechama, was the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo of Stolin who resided in Hebron, son of Rabbi Moshe of Stolin, son of the Rebbe Rabbi Aharon of Lechovice and son of daughter of the Rebbe the Great Rabbi Asher of Stolin (father of the Beit Aharon). [Pearl, Rabbi Moshe's mother, was the daughter of Rabbi Asher, named after his grandmother Pearl, mother of the Great Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, after whom the entire "Perlow" family is named].
176 leaves. 21.5 cm. Blue paper, fair-poor condition, moth damage and stains, wear and extensive usage marks. New semi-leather magnificent binding.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,845$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 41

auction search

Chumash Vayikra with Or HaChaim – Slavita 1809

Vayikra with Rashi, Targum and Or HaChaim commentaries. Slavita, 1809. Printed by R' Dov Ber Segal and R' Dov Ber son of Pesach [Rabbi Moshe Shapira's partners. Some of the books Rabbi Moshe Shapira printed in the printing press that he established in Slavita were registered under the names of his two partners, who received an official printer's permit from the authorities].
176 leaves, 20.5 cm. Good condition, stains, minor moth damage, original leather binding, damaged.

Opening200$ Unsold

Auction 19 Lot Number 42

auction search

Chumashim with Or HaChaim Slavita and Chernovtsy Printings – Missing Copies

1. Devarim, with Rashi and Or HaChaim. [Slavita, 1791?]. Has leaves 2-166 (originally: 171, [1] leaves).
2. Devarim, with Rashi, Or HaChaim and Targum Yonatan Ben Uziel. [Slavita, 1811]. Missing title page and 2 more leaves.
3. Bereshit, with Or HaChaim and "Be'er Mayim Chaim" by Rebbe Chaim of Chernovtsy. [Chernovtsy, 1850], with leaf of approbation by Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzhin, Rebbe Chaim of Kosiv and Rebbe Shalom of Kamenka. Has [2], 2-358 leaves (originally: [1], 364, [2] leaves, and the approbation leaf is found in some of the copies together with Chumash Devarim).
Three books, bluish paper, various sizes and conditions, fair condition, wear damage and some have moth damage.

Opening200$ Sold For246$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 43

auction search

Vayikra Chumashim – Two Slavita Editions

1. Sefer Vayikra and Megillat Shir HaShirim, with Rashi, Ba'al HaTurim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, [1827]. Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita. Title page with illustrated frame (crown and plant motifs).
2. Sefer Vayikra and Megillat Shir HaShirim, Slavita, 1833. Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita. Title page with frame.
Two copies: 150 leaves. 20.5 cm. Standard blue paper, both in good condition, stains and tears. Ownership signatures. Original leather bindings (slightly damaged).

Opening600$ Sold For923$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 44

auction search

Sefer HaMaggid on Ketuvim – Slavita, 1819

Sefer HaMaggid [Yiddish-Deitsch translation], Part 6, Ketuvim: Job, Daniel, Ezra, Nechemia. Inside of book has translation, Rashi commentary, Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion. Slavita, 1819. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
Many owners' inscriptions ("belongs to Rabbi Yitzchak Mosheג€¦ Avertin" etc.).
178 leaves. 28.5 cm. Good condition, wide margins, light blue pages. Stains, holes and tears to leaf margins, damaged binding.

Opening200$ Sold For246$ Including buyers premium

Auction 19 Lot Number 45

auction search

Slavita Tehillim – Incomplete Copy

Tehillim with "all the correct [holy] names" with the Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion commentaries. Includes prayers for the sick and the Seder Ma'amadot with a special title page. Slavita, 1827. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Slavita Rebbe.
Incomplete copy, which includes: [1 leaf], 49-145 leaves; Seder Ma'amadot title page, 147-170 leaves. (Originally: [2], 145; [146]-178 leaves).
18.5 cm. Varying condition, from very good to fair-poor condition, detached and restored paper-filled leaves, some of the leaves are torn and incomplete

Opening1,500$ Unsold

Auction 19 Lot Number 46

auction search

Tikun Leil Shavuot, Slavita, 1824

Seder Tikun Leil Shavuot and Hoshana Rabbah. Slavita, (1824). Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avram Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita.
74, 44 leaves. Approx. 19 cm. Fair condition, stains from usage and wear, ancient stamps and ownership signatures, detached binding.

Opening1,300$ Unsold

Auction 19 Lot Number 47

auction search

Tikun Leil Shavuot, Slavita, 1827

Seder Tikun Leil Shavuot and Hoshana Rabbah. Slavita, (1827). Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avram Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita.
[2], 165 leaves. Approx. 21 cm. Greenish-blue paper, fair condition, few moth holes, usage stains, ancient stamps of Rabbi "Yissachar Ber son of Rabbi Yisrael" of Tiberias. Ownership signatures, detached leaves, unbound.

Opening1,300$ Unsold

Auction 19 Lot Number 48

auction search

Mishnayot Kodshim – Slavita

Mishnayot, Seder Kodshim. Slavita, [1822], press of Rabbi Moshe of Slavita.
163 leaves, fine copy, bluish high-quality paper with wide margins, good condition. Several detached leaves, slight moth damage on last leaves. Antique leather binding, without spine.

Opening200$ Sold For541$ Including buyers premium
Show 24 of 440 Lots

Sign up for the Kedem Newsletter!

Sell / Buy at Kedem

Our specialists will provide you with a free estimate for your items. No commitment on your part.

How to Sell?

Enhance your existing collection with exciting new items or start a new collection today.

How to Buy?