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The Auction was held on 28/08/18

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Auction 62 Lot Number 1

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Handwritten Parchment Leaf which Served as Binding – Part of a Manuscript of Piskei HaRosh with Hagahot Asheri – Germany, 15th Century

Handwritten parchment leaf, a section from Piskei HaRosh with Hagahot Asheri. [Germany, ca. end of 14th century or beginning of 15th century].
The leaf was cut for use in binding. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script, one gloss from Hagahot Asheri is in smaller writing, in a "window". This fragment contains Piskei HaRosh to Tractate Moed Katan, Chapter III (sections 80-85).
Three other leaves of this manuscript have survived and were bound at the end of a Rav Alfas manuscript (British Library, Margoliouth Catalogue no. 474) from 1386, containing passages of Tractates Moed Katan (Chapters I and III), Sukkah and Berachot. It seems that those leaves were also used in binding. See enclosed material.
[1] parchment leaf. Loss of text due to trimming to size of binding. Height: 19.5 cm. Width: 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, some particularly dark. Several holes affecting text.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 2

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Collection of Leaves of Ancient Manuscripts from the Middle Ages Originating from Geniza – Oriental Countries

Collection of ancient handwritten leaves, which were retrieved from geniza. Mostly complete leaves.
· Gathering of six leaves out of a manuscript composition on Mitzvot, in Judeo-Arabic, from a chapter discussing the laws of ritual slaughtering. It appears to be a Karaite work. Early oriental square script. [13th/14th century].
[6] leaves, [12] written pages. 18 cm. 21 lines per page. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Large tears affecting text in several places.
· Two leaves, out of a medical composition in Judeo-Arabic. Early oriental semi-cursive script. [14th/15th century]. Out of chapters on eye care. A diagram appears on p. [3].
[2] leaves, [4] written pages. 17.5 cm. 15-16 lines per page. Fair condition. Stains, tears and wear, affecting text.
· Two leaves, three of the pages contain Arabic inscriptions (presumably concerning commerce), and the fourth page contains lists in Arabic in Hebrew script. Early oriental semi-cursive script. [15th century?].
[2] leaves, [4] written pages. 18 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, wear and tears, affecting text.

Opening500$ Sold For2,952$ Including buyers premium

Auction 62 Lot Number 3

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Leaf Fragments of the Radak Commentary – Printed in Guadalajara, Spain, 1482 (Incunable)

Nine leaf fragments from a "binding geniza" – the Radak commentary on Neviim Acharonim (Yeshaya), printed in Guadalajara (Spain): R. Shlomo Alkabetz, 1482.
The margins contain completions of verses in Sephardic handwriting from the time of the printing. The leaves contain passages of the commentary to Yeshaya, Chapters 19, 21-26.
Nine leaves. Average height: 21 cm. Varying degrees of damage, as a result of the binding. Stains and tears, professionally restored. Bound.
The printing press of R. Shlomo Alkabetz of Spain (grandfather of the Kabbalist R. Shlomo Alkabetz [the second] of Safed, author of Lecha Dodi), was the first Hebrew printing press in Spain, and one of the first Hebrew printing presses in the world. The press published approximately twenty books, including the first printing of the Passover Haggadah (in 1480).

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Auction 62 Lot Number 4

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Collection of Leaves from a “Binding Geniza” – Leaves from the Naples 1492 Edition of the Bible – Handwritten Leaf with “Reshut L’Haftarot”, 16th Century

Collection of ancient leaves from a "binding geniza":
· 13 leaves from an edition of Neviim and Ketuvim, Naples: Joshua Solomon ben Israel Natan Soncino, [ca. 1492].
The collection consists of the following leaves (this book is apparently the first book printed with pagination): Kohelet – leaves 119-120; "Achashverosh" (Megillat Esther) – leaves 122, 128; Yeshaya – leaves 228, 245; Daniel – leaves 376, 379-380; Divrei HaYamim – leaves 426-429.
· Handwritten leaf, "Reshut prior to the Haftara", an Aramaic piyyut beginning with "Berich Elaka Ilaa…". Cursive Sephardic script [16th century?]. The top of the page bears a calligraphic signature (undeciphered).
[14] leaves. 30 cm. Leaves severely damaged from binding, repaired on both sides with transparent netting, and bound together. Severe stains and tears, affecting text, signs of past dampness and damage. Old binding, damaged.

Opening500$ Sold For5,412$ Including buyers premium
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