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Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts & Autograph Letters

by Kestenbaum & Company


393 lots | 215 with images

May 2, 2013

242 West 30th Street, 12th floor

New York, NY, 10001 USA

Phone: (212) 366-1197

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Email: kestenbook@aol.com

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Lot 1: ABOAB, SAMUEL.

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Description: Sepher HaZichronoth [on ethical behavior] FIRST EDITION. ff. (4), 86. Ink soiled on opening leaf, browned. Later elaborately blind-tooled calf over thick wooden boards, with clasps and hinges. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Prague 367.(Prague, circa 1650).

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Lot 2: ABRABANEL, DON ISAAC.

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Description: Pirush HaTorah [commentary to the Pentateuch]. Edited by Samuel d'Archivolti. FIRST EDITION . Printer's device on title (Yaari, Hebrew Printers' Marks 18) ff. 425 (i.e. 424), (1). Title and several other leaves laid to size with some loss, stained. Modern calf. Folio. Vinograd, Venice 641; Mehlman 626.• "The commentary on the Pentateuch may be considered Abravanel's most authoritative presentation of his views, and it was not without good reason that he considered it the first and foremost of his works. As Abravanel put it: 'I invested in it all my thought and all my knowledge.'" B. Netanyahu, Don Isaac Abravanel: Statesman & Philosopher. (1968) p. 86.Venice, Asher Parenzo for Giovanni di Gara, 1579.

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Lot 3: ALSHEICH, MOSES.

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Description: Shoshanath Ha'Amakim [commentary to the Song of Songs] FIRST EDITION ff. 60. Marginal taped repairs, wormed in places, few stains. Modern morocco-backed boards. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Venice 764; Haberman, di Gara 133.Venice, Giovanni di Gara, 1591.

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Lot 4: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: [Cerisier, Antoine-Marie]. Suite des observations impartiales d'un vrai Hollandais, Sur les intérets & l'etat présent des affaires politiques de la France, de l'Angleterre, des Provinces-Unies des Pays-Bas & des Etats-Unis de l'Amérique ["Conclusion of Impartial Observations of a True Dutchman, On the Interests and Present State of Political Affairs of France, England, the Netherlands and the United States of America"] Uncut and unopened. pp. (4), 74. Contemporary wrappers. 8vo.• In Defense of America's Independence from Britain.In a rejoinder to an earlier (1778) pamphlet entitled Discours d'un bon Hollandois, this argues that England has traditionally been the most dangerous rival of Dutch commerce (p. 6). A year earlier in 1778, the author published Observations impartiales d'un vrai Hollandois. Our present work, as its title indicates, may be construed as the continuation of that work. In a lengthy footnote on p. 45 we find an attack upon "le celebre Mr. Pinto de la Haye" (the celebrated Mr. Pinto of The Hague.) The author, tongue in cheek, finds it difficult to conceive that the Discours d'un bon Hollandois and the excellent economic Traité de la circulation et du crédit (Treatise on Circulation and Credit) issued from the pen of the same man.Isaac de Pinto (1717-1787), a Dutch Jew of Portuguese descent, an economist and director of the Dutch East India Company, was one of the wealthiest Jews in all Holland. Hailed as one of the most brilliant economists of the age, Pinto was firmly opposed to the American Revolution, ostensibly on economic grounds, and gave vent to his thoughts in several works. See JE, Vol. X, p. 54; EJ, Vol. XIII, cols. 553-554; M.H. Gans, Memorbook (1977), pp. 112-113.French journalist Antoine-Marie Cerisier (1749-1828) proved himself to be a good friend of the nascent United States. John Adams visited Cerisier in Utrecht and was duly impressed by the later's enthusiasm for the American cause. Cerisier was instrumental in assisting Adams in disseminating pro-American and anti-British propaganda in the Netherlands.n.p., (1779).

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Description: Wilson, James P. An Easy Introduction to the Knowledge of the Hebrew Language Without the Points. Selected Translations of the Pentateuch, Psalms, Prophets and Job; plus a Hebrew Grammar. FIRST EDITION. pp. 275, (1). Foxed and stained, leaves loose. Contemporary calf, boards detached, worn. 8vo. Goldman, 175.• The first work in Hebrew to appear in Philadelphia. The first Hebrew text with translation of selected passages of the Bible (other than psalms) published in America. See Wolf and Whiteman, The History of the Jews of Philadelphia (1957) p. 308.Philadelphia, Fry and Kammerer, 1812.

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