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Torah Scroll – “Chatam Sofer” Scribal Writing – Hungary, Early 20th Century

Torah scroll. [Hungary?, ca. first half of 20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing. 42 lines per column.
The letters are formed conforming with the approach adopted by the Chatam Sofer, which he learned from his teacher R. Natan Adler of Frankfurt am Main (see Chatam Sofer responsa, Yoreh De'ah, Siman 266).
Height of parchment: approx. 58 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Detached membranes in Parshat No'ach and in Parshat Balak. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing. The scroll was written with "vavei ha'amudim" [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.

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Small Torah Scroll, with Brass Handles – Ashkenazi-Chassidic Script – Southern Poland, 19th Century

Torah scroll, Ashkenazi-Chassidic scribal writing. [Southern Poland, ca. mid-19th century].
Ink on parchment, 42 lines per column. Rolled on brass Atzei Chaim.
Two ornamentations: One appears at the beginning of Shirat HaYam above the opening words: Az Yashir, and the second is a slanting of the letter "chet" of "VaYachel Moshe". The travels in Parshat Mas'ei are written in a unique manner: most of the lines begin with the word "VaYis'u".
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls who determined the place and date of writing: "The script follows the method of Chassidic leaders who followed the tradition of the Arizal. The name Havaya is also written according to Chassidic teachings and according to the Eshel Avraham of Buczacz (Buchach)". The expert also notes that the membranes were sewn with consecutive stitches.
Height of parchment: approx. 30-32 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: approx. 49 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Faded ink, slightly browning. Holes with halachically valid patches. Parshat Pinchas opens with a new 3-column membrane [ca. beginning of 20th century]. The scroll is rolled on a pair of cast and engraved brass atzei chaim, upper handles broken and damaged. Non-original mantle, red velvet with silver embroidery (on a cardboard lining). The mantle is larger than the book.

Opening1,800$ Sold For2,952$ Including buyers premium

Torah Scroll – US, Mid-20th Century

Torah scroll. [US?, ca. mid-20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing, Central and Eastern European style during the 20th century. The scroll was written with vavei ha'amudim [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.
Height of parchment: approx. 53 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment, glossy verso. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Several membranes at the beginning of the scroll are detached. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

Small Torah Scroll – Poland, 19th Century / Silver Case Embedded with Gemstones

Small Torah scroll. [Poland, second half of 19th century]. Housed in a wooden and silver case. [Unknown country of origin, 20th century].
Octagonal case, in Uzbek-Bukharin style, made of silver-plated wood. The exterior of the case is decorated with Stars of David, Two Tablets of Law and lamps, many granulation ornamentation and embedded gemstones. The case has stylized handles and a silver-chain bolt. The case is crowned by two (removable) finials designed like crowns, also embedded with gemstones and decorated with granulation and filigree.
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Dark stains. Faded ink and ink spreads in several places. Late corrections. One membrane was written by another scribe. Some membranes are detached and some loose. The upper and lower margins of the scroll have been trimmed to fit into the wooden case [made according to Sephardic custom]. Perhaps the parchment was chemically treated imbuing the current light-brown color.
Height of case: 31 cm. Diameter: 18 cm. Height of finials: 27 cm. Good condition. Missing gemstones. Bends. Stains.

Opening4,000$ Sold For7,380$ Including buyers premium

Torah Scroll in a Tunisian Style Wooden Case – Dedications in Memory of R. Faraji Alush Rabbi of Gabès and Members of his Family – Israel, Mid-20th Century

Torah scroll, Sephardi scribal writing, housed in a Tunisian-style wooden case wrapped in drapery. [Israel, ca. 1960s].
Ink on processed parchment. Writing characteristic to Oriental Jewry in Eretz Israel in the 60s.
The scroll is housed in a 13-sided wooden case draped in fabric in Tunisian style, topped with a sawn crown. Attached to the case are dedication plates shaped like the Two Tablets with the names of: "R. Faraji Alush and his son Susu Alush and his wife Felila"; and the inscription: "Donation of the girls Kadara and Zahiya Alush for the life of the family of the holy rabbi…". Hooks are attached all around the case for hanging the crimson velvet drapery machine-embroidered with silver threads, decorated with a braided ribbon and straps. A Torah crown and Tablets of Law are embroidered in the center, flanked by verses, Stars of David surrounded by flowers, lamps and dedications: "Kadara daughter of Felila Alush, Zahiya daughter of Felila Damara and Simcha daughter of Tita Bochovze"; "Felya daughter of Aziza, Aziza daughter of Esther, and Oreda daughter of Rivka, R. Parazi son of Oreda and Pinchas son of Mas'uda Alush".
R. Faraji Alush (1854-1921), Rabbi of Gabès (Tunisia) was a revered sage in Tunis. Author of the Ohev Mishpat responsa. In the 1970s, his remains were brought to Israel and interred in the Be'er Sheva cemetery in which his disciple R. Chaim Chori was buried.
Height of parchment: approx. 50 cm. Light-colored white parchment. Good condition.
Height of case: 74 cm. Diameter: approx. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Breaks. Open break on one side of the crown.
Drapery: 57X113 cm. Good condition. Unraveling fabric and stitches and torn loops.

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Torah Scroll on Gevil – Morocco, 18th/19th Century

Torah scroll, ink on gevil, in Sephardi scribal writing. [Morocco, ca. 18th/19th century[.
Ink on soft, light-brown gevil. 52 lines per column.
Height of membranes: approx. 51 cm. Good-fair condition. Few stains. One membrane slightly detached. Housed in a new case, 85 cm, made of Formica-covered wood with a colorful print, framed with tin crown ornaments.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.

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Torah Scroll on Gevil – Original Ornate Atzei Chaim – Morocco, 19th Century

Torah scroll. [Morocco, 19th century].
Ink on Gevil (soft texture, brown-hue), Sephardi scribal writing. Rolled on the original atzei chaim. 48 lines per column.
The scroll is rolled on a pair of wooden atzei chaim, carved with a geometric pattern and decorated in green and red. Silver rings, also etched with geometric patterns are attached to the top of the atzei chaim. At the bottom edge of one of the atzei chaim is an ownership inscription in ink: "This is the scroll of [Rabbi] Yitzchak Gabai".
Height of membranes: approx. 53 cm. Maximum height including the atzei chaim: approx. 96 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains. Tears to membrane. Tears affecting text in several places. Late corrections to text. Two late replaced membranes [20th century?].
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.

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Esther Scroll, with Blessings and Kabbalistic Kavanot – Italy, Early 17th Century

Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, ca. first half of 17th century].
Faded light-brown ink, on light-brown parchment. Sephardi scribal writing (16 lines per column). Several letters in the column listing the names of the ten sons of Haman are embellished with adornments characteristic to Italy in the 16th-17th centuries.
Written on the last membrane at the end of the scroll [in a later writing: ca. first half of the 18th century] is the blessing "HaRav et Riveinu" and the text of "Arur Haman…", with Kabbalistic kavanot (according to the book Chemdat Yamim).
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, some damaging text. Some tears were sewn together (with thread made of animal veins) and one was glued on the verso with a strip of paper. Folds affecting text. Hole in one place affecting text. Many letters are blurred and faded due to aging.
Enclosed is an expert's report.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,230$ Including buyers premium

iniature Esther Scroll – Italy, Turn of the 18th Century

Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, end of 17th century or first half of 18th century].
Miniature format.
Ink on thin parchment. Italian scribal script (14 lines per column). Enlarged initial, style of layout similar to the scroll printed at the end of the 1551 Venice Chumash. The layout of most of the megillah conforms with the layout of the scroll which was printed at the end of the 1555 Ferrara Chumash.
Height of parchment: 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Holes in the beginning of the scroll, affecting text. Faded ink and ink spreading in several places.
Enclosed in an expert's report.

Opening400$ Sold For541$ Including buyers premium

Esther Scroll – Sephardi Script

Esther scroll. [Near East (most probably Eretz Israel), first half of 20th century].Ink on parchment.
Sephardi scribal script decorated with serifs (tagim). "Hamelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "Hamelech"), 20 lines per column.
On the reverse of the first membrane appears an inscription in oriental script: "This scroll was… the estate of the deceased rabbi…". Rolled on a wooden roller. Parchment strip for binding (detached).
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Height of parchment: 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and creases. Some tears. Correction of ink in some places.

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Large Chassidic Esther Scroll – Enlarged Holy Names – Poland

Parchment Esther scroll, large format. [Poland, 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat scribal writing, HaAri Ashkenazi-Chassidic. 42 lines per column.
In seven places in the scroll, letters alluding to Holy Names at the beginning and end of words are enlarged [The Name of G-d is not mentioned throughout the Esther scroll, but allusions can be found to His Names. A common Chassidic-Kabbalistic practice is to stress the Names in the scroll, however, according to the opinion of the Vilna Gaon, only letters enlarged by the Mesorah (tradition) are permitted to be enlarged].
Height of parchment: 54 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and dark discoloration. Few holes and tears to parchment. Creases. Blurred and faded letters in some places.

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Esther Scroll in Small Writing – Poland-Lithuania, 19th/20th Century

Esther Scroll on parchment. [Poland-Lithuania, ca. 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Small artistic Ashkenazi scribal writing. 42 lines per column.
Height of parchment: 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Few holes and tears to parchment. Blurred, faded letters in some places due to aging.

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Tehillim – Venice, 1521

Tehillim. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1521.
On the first leaf is a partial title page, titled Ketuvim. Part of a volume of the Bible printed in Venice in 1521. The 1521 edition was identical to the first Bomberg edition of the Bible printed in Venice in 1518, with the exception of the book of Tehillim which in this (1521) edition is printed in short lines, four columns per leaf.
Long Latin inscriptions throughout the book.
399-434 leaves (a photocopy of the general title page of the Bible was added to the beginning of the volume). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding.

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Trei Asar and Five Megillot – Paris, 1543 – The Miniature Edition

Two volumes - Trei Asar and the Five Megillot. Paris, 1543. Part of the miniature edition of the Bible printed by Robertus Stephanus (Robert Estienne) in 1543-1546.
Two volumes. Trei Asar: [117] leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Worming to some leaves. Stains. Several inscriptions. Five Megillot: [80] leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Stains. The last two leaves were replaced with leaves from another copy. Contemporary bindings.

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Five Books of the Torah – Sabbioneta, 1554 – Pocket Edition with Contemporary Leather Binding

Five Books of the Torah. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, "by Cornelio Edelkind", [1554].
Pocket edition. Handsome volume with contemporary leather binding.
Printed on the title page: "Open parshiot according to the Rambam… similar to a copy of a Torah scroll as much as possible, therefore the vowels and te'amim were omitted. A chart was added at the end which shows the source of the Torah readings for the entire year and for Shabbat and Festivals…". On the verso of the title page: "All need this, because all are obligated [to hear] the reading… Therefore, we have agreed to print this Chumash…to accompany a person at all times…".
223, [3] leaves. 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains to title page and to other pages. The text on one leaf is slightly flawed. Contemporary leather binding, with minor damages.
The date of printed was determined by Avraham Ya'ari, Mehkerei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, p. 361 no. 15 and p. 348.

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Bible – Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim – Antwerp, 1573-1574

Bible - Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
This edition was printed without vowelization or cantillation marks.
[1], 3-389 pages. 16.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstains. Dark and stained pages. Wear and creases. Several pages have severe staining and dampstains. The margins of the title page are cut flush with the border, without damage to the border or text. Minor damage to the title page. Old leather binding, without spine; damaged.

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Five Books of the Torah and Neviim – Antwerp, 1573-1574 – Pocket Edition

Five Books of the Torah, and Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
Pocket edition, volume with three parts (of four, without Ketuvim). Contemporary ancient leather binding, with gilt decorations on the spine and with a metal clasp.
Three parts in one volume. Torah: 318 pages, [6] blank pages. Nevi'im Rishonim: 271 pages, [5] blank pages. Nevi'im Achronim: 287 pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Both front and back boards are detached.

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Nevi’im and Ketuvim – Antwerp, 1573-1574 – Three Volumes, Pocket Edition – Ancient Manuscript Fragments Incorporated Into Binding

Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, [1573-1574].
Three volumes in pocket editions: Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim. Part of a four-volume edition of the Bible.
Leaves from a manuscript of Ibn Sina's Canon of Medicine (Hebrew translation), in Sephardi script [15th/16th century], were used in making the bindings of all three volumes.
Volume of Nevi'im Rishonim: 271, [1] pages. Lacking title page. Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: 287, [1] pages. Volume of Ketuvim: 352 pages. 9.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather bindings with minor damages.

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Bible – Leiden, 1610 – Original Binding

Five Books of the Torah, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Leiden: sons of Franciscus Raphelengius, [1610].
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Separate title pages for Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Unvowelized.
Incomplete copy - four leaves missing. 32, 37-44, 45-264, 227; 238 leaves; [1] blank leaf, 287 leaves. Pages 33-36 and 45-48 are missing and have been replaced with handwritten pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The title page is mostly detached. Erased inscription on the title page. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation. The letters "M.E.S.L.V.S." are embossed on the front and back covers. Wear and minor damage to the binding.

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Mikraot Gedolot – Venice, 1617

Mikraot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with Targum, Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Radak and Ralbag commentaries and the Mesorah. Venice: Bragadin, [1617-1619].
Two volumes containing Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim [from a complete four-volume edition of the Bible]. The books were printed and sold in weekly pamphlets, during 1617-1619, to finance the printing costs [see the Ketuvim volume, at the end of p. [8b]].
Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: [1], 442-668. 40 cm. Volume of Ketuvim: [1], 672-908; 8; [25] leaves (lacking a leaf from the appendices. Originally: [26] leaves). 39 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains and wear. Several leaves bound out of order. Damages to the title page of Nevi'im Achronim. Volume of Ketuvim: Several slightly damaged leaves repaired with glued paper. Ancient leather binding. The volume of Ketuvim has laces for fastening.

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Bible – Geneva, 1618

Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Geneva: Caffa Ilan, 1618.
Vowelized Bible, with two columns on each page. Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim (the five Megillot are printed after the Chumash without separate title pages). The Ketuvim title page contains the (incorrect) date of printing: 1614.
369, [1]; 124 leaves. The blank page [1] is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. 22 cm. Good condition. Light colored high quality paper. Stains. Leaves 30-32 are partially detached with minor tears to the margins. Original leather binding; damaged.

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Tehillim and Seder Ma’amadot – Venice, 1623 – Miniature Edition – Bibliographically Unknown

Sefer Tehillim (Psalms), with Seder Ma'amadot. [Venice, 1623]. Unknown printer.
Miniature volume with original leather binding. Title page of Sefer Tehillim is missing. Separate title page for Seder Ma'amadot containing the printing date and location.
[94], [1] blank leaf; [71] leaves. Approx. 7 cm. Missing title page of Sefer Tehillim. Condition varies; good-fair. Stains. The second part has several open tears to the margins, affecting text in several places. Dark stains. Original leather binding; with defects and worming.
This edition is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and does not appear in the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.

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Tehillim – Kodesh Hillulim – With Spanish Translation and Commentary – Amsterdam, 1671

Sefer Kodesh Hillulim, Las Alabancas de Santidad, traducion de los Psalmos de David, por la misma Phrasis y palabras del Hebrayco. Tehillim in Hebrew, with Spanish translation and commentary by R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo. Amsterdam, [1671].
R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo (1603-after 1675), a Jewish scholar in 17th-century Amsterdam, was born in Portugal to a family of Jews expelled from Spain and studied in Amsterdam with the rabbi of the Neve Shalom community, R. Yitzhak Uziel. Famous for his books on the structure of the temple, he later created a model of Solomon’s Temple and its holy vessels on an equivalent scale. This renowned creation earned him the appellation of “Templo” in the European world of science in those days. This is a Spanish translation with a commentary which he authored during the course of seven months, which reaped lavish praise of sages, scholars, researchers and poets.
Printed from left to right.
[16] leaves; 458, [6] pages. 18 cm. Good condition. Light-colored paper. Stains. Stamps on title page. Contemporary leather binding with ornamentation and gilt embossments. Damaged binding.

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Bible – Amsterdam, 1659-1661

Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, [1659-1661].
First edition of the Bible edited by Johannes Leusden who also wrote the Latin introduction which appears after the proofreaders' Hebrew introduction. This edition was proofread in line with earlier printings and for many years was deemed the most accurate edition of the Bible.
Four parts in two volumes. General title page illustrated with a lovely copper-engraved frontispiece with vignettes from the Bible and a general title page in Latin. Each of the other three parts of the Bible have separate title pages.
Two volumes. Vol. 1: Torah, Five Megillot and Nevi'im Rishonim: [9], 234; 180 leaves. Vol. 2: Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim: 175, 180-190; 198 leaves. Leaves 209-234 containing the Five Megillot found in Vol. 1 were reprinted in the middle of Vol. 2 after the title page of Ketuvim. 17-18 cm. Good condition. Light-toned paper. Stains. Inscriptions and several notations (in Latin). New leather bindings.

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