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

Auction Details arrow-down

Auction Closed arrow-down

The Auction was held on 06/03/13

Auction Results Auction Results

Download PDF Version

Download PDF Download PDF

Auction 30 Lot Number 25

auction search

Manuscript, Prayers for Times of War and for the Success of Caesar Franz the First – Italy

Manuscript leaf, prayers for time of war, for protection of the city and the success of Caesar Franz the First. [Italy, late 18th century or early 19th century].
At the top and at the end of the leaf are instructions for reciting Psalms and prayers. Italian titles.
Includes two prayers. The first is a prayer for salvation during war: "It shall be your will…that you shall be filled with mercy on the residents of this city… and save us from our enemies and from all those who give bad counsel or rise against us… and you shall cut down all the thorns that surround the rose… and give strength and might to the battlers…".
The second is a prayer for the success of Caesar Franz the First: "…Please King of Kings, strengthen and give courage to His Majesty our Master King Franzisko Primo [Franz the First] and Her Majesty the Queen his wife… and to all ministers of the Exalted and Majestic Austrian Kingdom…". Apparently, this is alluding to Franz the Second, Caesar of the Holy Roman Empire, called also Franz the First Caesar of Austria (1768-1835), during the times of the "Napoleon wars".
Leaf, 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, folding marks and tears to folds.

Opening200$ Sold For246$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 26

auction search

Manuscript, Prayer for Success at War – Europe, Late 18th Century

Handwritten leaf, prayer for the success of the "Exalted Coalition Kings" in the war against the "Foreigners that flooded our borders, many countries were abandoned to be trampled". [Europe, late 18th century].
At the top of the leaf is the title, "Every day before reciting Ashrei and U'Vah L'Zion, the leader of the prayers and the community shall say the five following Psalms: 13, 20, 27, 46, 144 and then they shall say the prayer".
Apparently, these prayers were said during the "Napoleon Wars" and the prayer was composed for the success of the coalition armies who fought against Napoleon's army.
Leaf 34.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition. Stains, damages [restored] to paper folds and margins.

Opening200$ Unsold

Auction 30 Lot Number 27

auction search

Collection of Printed Items and Manuscripts – The Sofia Jewish Community

Collection of printed items and manuscripts from the Jewish community of Sofia (Bulgaria). Among the items: an invitation to a concert of a Jewish Organization of Sofia [1933]; wedding invitations [1923-1928]; stencil-copied manuscript leaves [Ladino], some with stamps of the community committee [1927-1931]; receipt, type-written leaves with signatures and stamps [Bulgarian]; letters and manuscript leaves [Ladino and Bulgaria].
22 paper items. Various sizes and conditions.

Opening700$ Sold For861$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 28

auction search

Poem for Mishloach Manot by Rabbi Simcha Bunam Dichtvald / Letter and Proclamation – Chelm Jewish Organizations, 1917

* Handwritten leaf, poem for mishloach manot, by Rabbi Simcha Bunam Dichtvald Rabbi of Chelm, in honor of Moshe Kalmesh [Acrostic: Moshe Kalmesh – Rosh, Simcha Bunam – Rabbi of Chelm]. On the leaf margins is the rabbi's stamp [the year is unclear, perhaps: 1917?].
* Printed proclamation (Polish), with signatures and stamp of "Chelmer Yiddishe Arbeiter Heim". 1917.
* Letter with signatures (Polish), on official stationary and stamp of the "Linat Tzedek (Association), Chelm". 1917.
Total of three items. Various sizes and conditions.

Opening200$ Sold For246$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 29

auction search

Printed Letter of Request, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz of Jerusalem, 1842

"Notice" – printed letter of request, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz of Jerusalem calling for help to print his books "Divrei Yosef". On the reverse side: a letter of request in German in Hebrew lettering, with two recommendation letters by his brother, Rabbi Chaim Shwartz and Rabbi Wolf Hamberg. [Germany"], 1842.
2 printed pages. 25 cm. good-fair condition, minor damages to leaf margins.

Opening200$ Sold For677$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 30

auction search

“Kol Kore Le-Ezrah – Yeshivat Kamenitz” – With Facsimiles of Letters Handwritten by the “Chafetz Chaim” and Rabbi Hayim Ozer

Public appeal for help of Yeshivat "Knesset Beit Yitzhak", (A Helfs Ruf), An Urgent Appeal to Our Jewish Brethren. [USA?], c.1920s-1930s.
Letter in Hebrew, Yiddish and English to benefit the Yeshivah. With photos of "Rabbeinu Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan" and "Maran Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibovitz", class photo of yeshiva students of Kamenitz Yeshiva and a facsimile of letters handwritten by Rabbi Hayim Ozer Grodzinski and the "Chafetz Chaim".
Proclamation 55x43 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, with minor stains, folding marks and chips to edges.

Opening250$ Sold For308$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 31

auction search

Worms Mahzor – Elaborate Facsimile

Facsimile, "Worms Mahzor", elaborate manuscript from the 13th century. Austria-Switzerland-Jerusalem, 1986.
Large elaborate facsimile on thick parchment-like paper. Antique-style leather and metal binding, with clasps for closing. A numbered copy, from an edition of 300 copies.
The" Machzor", written in 1272, was used for hundreds of years in the synagogue of the Worms congregation until the destruction of the synagogue by the Nazis on Kristallnacht, on November 1938. The "Machzor" was saved by Worms' archivist, who concealed it in a cathedral. In 1957, the manuscript was transferred to The Israel National & University Library in Jerusalem.
[224] leaves. Size of leaves: 39x31 cm. Very good condition. Includes volume of prefaces and two illustrated facsimile leaves from a similar manuscript from the same period, bound separately. Original wooden case for all items.

Opening500$ Sold For1,169$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 32

auction search

Rabbi Ya’akov Emden’s Siddur, “Sha’arei Shamayim” – Korets, 1818

"Seder Tefillah", Part 2: Castle of G-d's city "Sha'arei Shamayim". With the commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov of Emden (Yavetz) according to revealed and hidden Torah thought and the "kavanot" of Ha'Ari and laws pertaining to prayer. Korets, [1818].
145 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, restored damages. Elaborate semi-leather binding.

Opening400$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 33

auction search

Rabbi Ya’akov Emden’s Siddur – Lemberg, 1859-1860 – First Sephardic Version Edition

Siddur with commentary of Rabbi Ya’akov Emden. Section one – Amudei Shamayim [prayers for weekdays and Shabbat]. Section two – Sha’arei Shamayim [prayers for festivals and more], Sephardic version. [Lvov, 1859-1860].
First edition of Sephardic version prayer book with commentary of Rabbi Ya’akov Emden. The commentary was compiled by the publisher for this version for the first time. Separate title page for section two with forged location of print, “Kyritz”, and detail of year of Kyritz publication.
Copy missing 8 leaves. Section one: 2-7, 13-176, 277-292, 193-226 leaves (faulty pagination. Missing: Title page and two following leaves, leaves 8-12); Section two: 85, [1] leaves (leaf 12 partially missing. Replaced with leaf from other copy). 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Majority of leaves in good condition, tears on several leaves and scotch tape restorations. Stains. Damaged binding.

Opening300$ Unsold

Auction 30 Lot Number 34

auction search

Siddur and Psalms, Amsterdam, 1769-1773 – Miniature Volume

Year round prayers in "a small volume", Amsterdam, [1773]. Printing press of the brothers Yosef Ya'akov and Avraham Props. Bound with separate section for Psalms and "Seder Ma'amadot", Amsterdam, [1769]. Printed by the Props brothers.
12, 415 leaves; 56 leaves; 47 leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and detached leaves. Antique leather binding, damaged and detached.

Opening250$ Sold For418$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 35

auction search

Avodat Boreh Prayer Book – Wilhelmsdorf, 1688

Sefer Avodat Boreh, prayer book for weekdays and Friday night, with commentary based upon concealed and alluded wisdom, including Kabbalistic intents. By Rabbi Akiva Ber of Vilnius, Wilhelmsdorf, 1688. First edition.
[51] leaves. (Originally: 52 leaves. Missing: Leaf 24). 19.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage on text, stains and wear, restored damage on several leaves. New binding.

Opening250$ Sold For677$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 36

auction search

Tefilat Yesharim Prayer book, Amsterdam, 1740

Tefilat Yesharim prayer book, Sephardic custom, arranged according to the Arizal and Rabbi Moshe Zacut. Amsterdam, 1740.
[4], 112, 213-277; 142 leaves. Approx. 18 cm. Fair condition, damage and stains from usage, moth damage in middle of the prayer book. Restored damage on title page. New binding.

Opening300$ Sold For369$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 37

auction search

Siddur Kol Bo Katan, Homburg, 1749

Siddur Kol Bo Katan, year round siddur and machzor (with piyutim), according to Eastern Ashkenaz custom. The Yotzrot are according to Ashkenaz custom. Homburg, "In Amsterdam letters". 1749.
"In it you will find the order of prayers… for Shacharit and Arvit and Rosh Chodesh and the festivals with the machzor and selichot for the whole year… Passover Haggadah and the Omer counting, Yotzrot for the whole year, ma'ariv for each festival in its place, Pirkei Avot, all Tikunei Shabbat with songs, Parshiot for the whole year, Shir HaYichud, Yom Kippur Katan, Hoshanot and Zulatot". With Perek Shira and other additions.
Approximately 600 leaves. Mistaken leaf numbering. (Lacking 2 or 3 leaves in the middle of the siddur at various places). 16.5 cm. fair condition, use stains and various damages. Restored leaves. Some leaves have damages with lack. Leaf cutting with damage to titles and to edge of text. Leather binding, antique and worn.

Opening250$ Sold For308$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 38

auction search

All-Inclusive Prayer Book as Customary in Poland / Tehillim / Beit Rachel Ve’Sha’ar Hallel Y’ah – Amsterdam, 1816

All-year prayer book as customary in Poland with Sefer Tehillim at end “with fine and straightforward commentary”. Amsterdam, (1816).
Pamphlet “Beit Rachel Ve’Sha’ar Hallel Y'ah” bound at the beginning, by Rabbi Naftali Katz author of Smichat Chachamim. Amsterdam, (1816).
15 leaves; [1], 256, 120 leaves; 90, [2] leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, especially on section of Passover Haggadah. Old unoriginal binding.

Opening250$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 39

auction search

Seder Ta’aniyot – Amsterdam, 1771

Seder Ta'aniyot, prayers and lamentations for four fast days, according to the custom of the Sefardim. Amsterdam, [1771].
The haftara for Tisha B'Av appears with translation to Porteguese.
[1], 2, [2], 3-132 leaves. 17 cm. Good condition, few stains. Gilt leaf cutting. Original binding, partially detached.

Opening200$ Unsold

Auction 30 Lot Number 40

auction search

Machzor – Amsterdam, 1814

Year round machzor, according to the custom of Ashkenaz and Poland. Amsterdam, 1814.
Instructions in Yiddish-Deitsch. The Mussaf prayer of Shemini Azeret has etchings of illustrations of the constellations.
354 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, few stains. Bound in red attractive binding, with reconstructed metal clasp.

Opening200$ Sold For295$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 41

auction search

Ma’aravot, Frankfurt am Main, 1714

Ma'aravot, Yotzrot, Zulatot and Selichot. A collection of piyutim according to Worms custom, for evening prayers, Yotzer, Zulat etc. lacking in the machzor according to regular Ashkenasic customs. Frankfurt am Main, [1714]. Printed by Johann Kelner.
Signature of Rabbi "Isaac Berlin" – Rabbi Isaac Berlin of Hamburg, a Torah scholar and linguist, son of Rabbi Elazar Lazi Berlin (1741-1814) Chief Rabbi of the Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek communities. Author of Mishnat Rabbi Eliezer.
46 leaves, approximately 20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.

Opening200$ Sold For320$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 42

auction search

Set of Ashkenasic Machzorim – Redelheim, 1800-1805 – First Edition

Machzorim according to Ashkenasic customs. Full nine-volume set [first and second day of Passover; seventh and eighth day of Passover; Rosh Hashana; Second day of Rosh Hashana; Ma'ariv of Yom Kippur; Yom Kippur; Succot; Shemini Azeret and Simchat Torah]. Redelheim, 1800-1805. First edition of "machzorim" published by Rabbi Wolf Redelheim. [Besides Vol. 9 for Shemini Azeret, which is from the second and rare edition, Redelheim, 1805]. Approbations by Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz, author of the "Hafla'ah" and other approbations.
The first title page of the Passover machzor is signed "Zalman ben My Father Rabbi Meir Rothschild".
9 volumes, approximately 19 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather original bindings, worn.

Opening600$ Sold For738$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 43

auction search

Six Miniature Prayer Books – Rödelheim

Six miniature Redelheim prayer books: * Seder Rina U'Tefilla, nicely arranged and accurate, by Rabbi Wolf Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1844. (Lacking: Leaf 9 and last leaf – replaced with photocopy). * Divrei HaBrit, prayers, blessings and poems for brit milah. Rödelheim, 1874. With pages for circumsition records, with a few handwritten names. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1864. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1873. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim. Frankfurt am Main – Rödelheim. [190-?]. German instructions. * Traveler's prayer and Havinenu, with Avinu Malkeinu and Kiddush Levana. Rödelheim, 1904.
6 books, 8-14 cm. Varied condition.

Opening500$ Unsold

Auction 30 Lot Number 44

auction search

Miniature Prayer Book – Vienna, 1860 – Velvet Binding

Miniature prayer book, Gebete der Israeliten – Prayer of Jewish Nation, translated to German. Includes Pirkei Avot. Vienna, 1860. Text and German translation, facing each other on opposite pages.
Leaf preceding title page contains a colorful illustration of Shlomo HaMelech (Solomon).
Blue velvet binding, decorative metal clasp, initials of owners.
[6], 3-263, [3] pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Gilded paper cut. Wear and tear on velvet binding, spine of binding detached.

Opening250$ Sold For308$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 45

auction search

Seder Tefillah – Pisa, 1828

Seder Tefillah, as customary in Sephardic communities. Pisa, [1828].
Notations, handwritten signature: “Moshe son of Ya’akov”. Stamps of “Kropka Maggid” [possibly refers to community tax or monetary fundraising campaign for support of a local Maggid (preacher)].
146 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition, stains, tears on several leaves.
Bibliographically unknown, not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD or Winograd-Rosenfeld.

Opening350$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 46

auction search

Six Miniature Prayer Books

* Siddur Beit Tefillah as customary in communities of Italy. Livorno, [1861]. * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, [1892]. (Missing one leaf at end). * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, [1932]. * Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah recited upon termination of Shabbat. Livorno, [1904]. * Mincha [afternoon prayer] and Arvit [evening prayer]. Livorno, [1921]. Bound with: Sefer Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah for Saturday night. Livorno, [1931].
Total of 6 books in 5 volumes. Various sizes and conditions.

Opening400$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 47

auction search

“Tikun Leil Shavuot” – Three Editions, Sulzbach

Three copies of "Tikun Leil Shavuot" and "Tikun Leil Hoshana Raba": * Sulzbach, 1802. Stamps and signatures. * Sulzbach, 1835. Signatures of "Shmuel Shtrois" and other signatures. * "As printed in Sulzbach", [Fuerth], 1795. Bibliographically unlisted edition.
3 books, 16-18 cm. Good condition, wear. Worn original bindings.

Opening200$ Sold For246$ Including buyers premium

Auction 30 Lot Number 48

auction search

“Siddur Tefillot Yisrael – Gebeti Der Yuden”, the First Siddur Printed in German – Berlin 1786

"Tefillot Yisrael", Vol. 2, includes year-round siddur translated into German, by David Freidlander. Berlin, 1786. Printed by "Chevrat Chinuch Ne'arim".
First edition of the siddur "Gebeti Der Yuden", printed in German in Hebrew letters by David Freidlander, a close companion of Moshe Mendelson and one of the founders of the Reform Movement. Volume 1 of the siddur was fully printed as a regular siddur in Hebrew, and volume 2 was printed in German, but its content is similar to the traditional siddur. Only after several decades did the Reform "advance" to inserting significant changes into the content of the siddur itself, omitting mention of belief in the creation of the world, the giving of the Torah, Messiah and resurrection of the dead.
[6], 172, 49, [2] leaves. 15.3 cm. Good condition, use stains and handwritten punctuation marks. Torn binding.
In the Bibliography Institute CD, a different copy appears with [14], 172, 49, [2] leaves. Apparently that copy has another section titled Gebeti Der Yuden with a etching of "Pitum HaKetoret" and an organ, and 5 leaves of names of subscribers [added to some copies. These leaves are missing (or were not originally bound) in this copy].

Opening400$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium
Show 24 of 404 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?