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Auction Description for Swann: Hebraica & Judaica

Hebraica & Judaica

(354 Lots)

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

354 lots

December 19, 1991

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

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Lot 1: AARON HALEVI OF BARCELONA (ATTRIBUTED TO) Sepher Hachinuch [exposition to the 613 precepts]. Second edition. Edited by

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Description: Isaac Herlesheim. Title within typographic border. 4to, modern 1/4 leather over marbled boards; trimmed, scattered paper repairs with occasional loss, few leaves misbound though complete. Habermann, di Gara 201. Venice: Giovanni di Gara, 1600-01.

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Lot 2: ABRABANEL, DON ISAAC Pirush al Nevi'im Rishonim [exegesis to Former Prophets]. Edited with commentary

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Description: by Jacob Fidanque. Title within architectural arch, additional Latin title page. Folio, later tree calf, spine worn, corners bumped; lower outer corner of opening title replaced in manuscript, ff.1-2 supplied from another copy, outer edges dampstained. Cowley 255. Hamburg: Thomas Rose, 1686 Bearing library stamps of R. Chaim Meir Yechiel Shapira of Sadigore/Drohobycz (1863-1924). See Y. Alfasi, Hachasidut page 102.

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Lot 3: AGNON, SHAI (SHMUEL YOSEF) Autograph Letter Signed, to the scholar Judah Bergmann (1874-1956); receipt of

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Description: payment for article towards Festschriften ("Vezot Leyehudah") for Chief Rabbi Judah Loeb Landau of South Africa. 1 page, folio, folded with 2 small tears along extreme edge, file holes. Np, 10th Nissan 1936.

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Lot 4: ALMOSNINO, MOSES Pirkei Moshe [commentary to Ethics of the Fathers, with text]. 4to, later

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Description: cloth-backed mottled leather boards; previous owners" stamps and inscriptions (including signature of MORDECHAI LURIA) on title page, lower outer corners of final 4 leaves repaired not affecting text, last page, final blank and rear endpapers bearing stamp struck out in pen, some dampstaining chiefly on lower corners, final leaf with censors" signatures of Giovanni Dominico Carretto, 1617 (recto) and Dominico Irosolimitano 1595 (verso), though uncensored copy; wide margins. Yudlov, Mehlman 128. Salonika: Yoseph b. Yitzchak Ya'avetz, 1563 [SEE ILLUSTRATION].

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Lot 5: ALTER, ABRAHAM (OF GER) Autograph Postcard Addressed and Signed, regarding a prospective visit to a

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Description: follower, 8vo, stamp removed from verso. Warsaw, nd Great grandson of Isaac Meir Rothenberg-Alter (the "Chidushei HaRI"M") the founder of the Ger Chassidic movement, Abraham Alter was the last member of the dynasty to lead from Poland. Under his immensely capable leadership Agudath Israel was founded.

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