Monday, August 31, 2009

September 10, 2009: Kestenbaum Auction

from the e-mail announcement:

"Fine Judaica Will Be Auctioned By Kestenbaum & Company
On September 10th 2009 at 3:00 pm
Sale to Include Duplicates from the Rare Book Room of The Yivo Library, New York
and The Library of the Late Dr. Max Kimche, Part II

Kestenbaum & Company's fall auction of Fine Judaica is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th at 3:00 pm. The sale will take place at the firm's gallery in New York City. The majority of the sale will feature Duplicates from the Rare Book Room of The YIVO Library, New York along with the second part of The Library of the Late Dr. Max Kimche of Zurich. A good selection of Manuscripts, Illustrated Books and Graphic Art will be offered as well.

Dr. Max Kimche (1907-1987), a lawyer and financier from Switzerland devoted his life to his community and other Jewish causes. His love of Hebrew books and learning led to his acquirement of a supreme library over the course of his life. The first part of his exceptional library was offered for sale at Kestenbaum & Company's auction in June 2009 and yielded impressive results. Presented in this current auction is the second part of the library.

For further information relating to bidding or any other queries, please contact:
Daniel Kestenbaum 212-366-1197

Most prominent among the books offered for sale are rare Incunabula including the first complete printed edition of the Mishnah, Naples, 1942 at a pre-auction estimate of $30,000-40,000 (lot 231); Solomon Ibn Gabirol's Mivchar HaPeninim, Soncino, 1484, estimate $12,000-18,000 (lot 154); Immanuel Ben Solomon of Rome's Sepher HaMachbaroth, the first printed book of Hebrew poetry, Brescia, 1491, estimate $10,000-15,000 (lot 161) and David Kimche's Sepher HaShorashim, Naples, 1491, at an estimate of $10,000-15,000 (lot 197).

Early Printed Books
The sale features a significant section of Early Printed Rabbinic Books. Fine examples include Shimon B"R Yochai's Sepher HaZohar, Cremona, 1559-1560, estimate $12,000-18,000 (lot 261), Elazar Ben Judah of Worms' Sepher HaRoke'ach, Fano, 1505, estimate $10,000-15,000 (lot 98) and Moses Ben Maimon's Mishneh Torah, Venice, 1574-75, at an estimate of $7,000-10,000 (lot 241). Further highlights are Elijah Mizrachi's Sepher HaMispar, Constantinople, 1533-34, estimate $7,000-10,000 (lot 235); Moses Ben Nachman's Peirush Ha-Torah, Pesaro, 1513-14, estimate $6,000-9,000 (lot 242); Jacob Landau's Sepher Agur, Rimini, 1525-26, estimate $5,000-7,000 (lot 204) and Kol Bo, Rimini, 1525, at a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-8,000 (lot 201).

Bomberg Talmud
Early Venetian editions of the Bomberg Talmud offered for auciton include Masechta Eduyoth, 1521, estimate $3,000-5,000 (lot 266); Masechta Temurah, 1522, estimate $3,000-5,000 (lot 267); Masechta Eruvin, 1522, estimate $8,000-10,000 (lot 268); Masechta Nazir, 1522, estimate $6,000-8,000 (lot 269) and Masechta Bechoroth, 1522, at an estimate of $4,000-6,000 (lot 270).

Passover Hagadot
Passover Hagadahs of particular interest are Sepher Zevach Pesach, Cremona, 1557, estimate $2,000-3,000 (lot 128) and Hagadah shel Pesach, complete with engraved folding map of the Land of Israel, Amsterdam, 1712, at an estimate of $3,000-5,000 (lot 129). Also notable are two Holocaust-related Hagadahs which parallel the suffering endured in Egypt to the misery inflicted upon the Jews by the Nazis: Yosef Dov Sheinson's Musaph LeHagadah shel Pesach, Munich, 1946, at an estimate of $3,000-5,000 (lot 137) and H.agadah shel Pesach - She'erith HaPleitah Be'Landsberg, 1946, estimate $2,000-3,000 (lot 134).

Most prominent in the Americana section is the first Hebrew Bible printed in America, Philadelphia, 1814, estimate $10,000-15,000 (lot 28) and the first complete set of the Talmud to be printed in North America, Montreal, 1919, at an estimate of $1,000-1,500 (lot 31).

Further books of note include Tobias Cohn's Ma'aseh Tuviah (the celebrated encyclopedia of medical and natural sciences), Venice, 1707-1708, estimate $3,000-5,000 (lot 86); a miniature Bible, published in Chicago before 1912, (which is the very smallest Hebrew miniature book printed) estimate $1,200-1,500 (lot 229) and a scarce early report concerning the Jewish community of Kaifeng China written by Christoph Gottlieb von Murr, Hale, 1806, at an estimate of $1,200-1,800 (lot 82).

Rounding out the Printed Book Section is a number of polemical texts by Jacob Emden, along with a single volume consisting of a fascinating collection of records noting the self-government of the Aschkenazic Community of Amsterdam all bound in a fine contemporary Dutch-Jewish binding, Amsterdam, 1737-1773 at an estimate of $6,000-9,000 (lot 27).

Illustrated Books
Good selections among the Illustrated Books are Bernard Picart's The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Several Nations of the Known World, complete in six volumes, London, 1731-1737 (lot 292); C. R. Conder & H.H. Kitchener's Map of Western Palestine containing all twenty-six large sheets, London, 1880, estimate $1,000-1,500 (lot 287) and Moyshe Broderson's book of poetry, Yud featuring photomontages of early 20th century Polish Jewry, Lodz, 1939, at an estimate of $600-900 (lot 283).

The Manuscripts section of the sale features two appealing illuminated Marriage Contracts, one from Ponta Delgada, 1831, relating to the exotic Jewish community of the Azores Islands, estimate $3,000-5,000 (lot 304) and the other is a marriage contract of a member of the Lisboan branch of the Amzalak Family, Lisbon, 1860, estimate $2,000-3,000 (lot 305). Also eye-catching are three illuminated Esther Scrolls. Two of the scrolls are of contemporary vintage while the third is likely Near Eastern, 19th century (lots 308-310).

Graphic Art
A large Map of the Holy Land by Jan Janssonius, estimate $3,000-5,000 (lot 315) is a striking example in the Graphic Art section. Also noteworthy are a number of engravings by Hermann Struck.

Viewing Beforehand on:
Tuesday, 8th September ......... 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, 9th September ......... 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday, 10th September ............ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm (Auction commencing at 3pm)
(Note: NO VIEWING on Sunday and Monday, 6th-7th September)

Kestenbaum and Company
12 West 27th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 366-1197
Fax: (212) 366-1368

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