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Auction Name Sacred Splendor: Books and Manuscripts Total Sales (USD) 1,673,438.00
Auction Date 11/20/2019 - 11/20/2019 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 1,256,000.00
Sale Number #N10088 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 1,801,000.00
Total Lots 218
Sold Lots 101 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 3,391,800.00
% of Lots Sold 46.33% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 4,819,200.00
Unsold Lots 117 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 34.72%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
17 BOLOGNA

SIDDUR (DAILY PRAYER BOOK) ACCORDING TO THE ROMAN RITE,

1537 USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00 USD 100,000.00
13

JERUSALEM TALMUD,

[1522-1524] USD 25,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 60,000.00
37 RABBI JOSEPH CARO

SHULHAN ARUKH (HALAKHIC CODE), RABBI JOSEPH CARO, VENICE

1564-1565 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 52,500.00
47

ORHOT HAYYIM (PENTATEUCH WITH THE OR HA-HAYYIM COMMENTARY OF RABBI HAYYIM IBN ATTAR), VENICE

1742 USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 52,500.00
208 RABBI MOSES MAIMONIDES

SEFER HA-MITSVOT (BOOK OF THE COMMANDMENTS), RABBI MOSES MAIMONIDES, [CONSTANTINOPLE

CA. 1510-1525] USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 50,000.00
7

PSALTERIUM,

1515 USD 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 43,750.00
90 RABBI ISAIAH HA-LEVI HOROWITZ

SHA'AR HA-SHAMAYIM (PRAYER BOOK WITH KABBALISTIC COMMENTARY), RABBI ISAIAH HA-LEVI HOROWITZ, AMSTERDAM

1717 USD 40,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 43,750.00
211

TESHUVOT SHE'ELOT (RESPONSA AND LETTERS BY AND ABOUT RABBI MOSES MAIMONIDES), [CONSTANTINOPLE

CA. 1513-1514] USD 40,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 43,750.00
277 TRANSLATED BY ISAAC PINTO

PRAYERS FOR SHABBATH, ROSH-HASHANAH, AND KIPPUR […] ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE JEWS, TRANSLATED BY ISAAC PINTO, NEW-YORK

1766 USD 40,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD 43,750.00
5

BABYLONIAN TALMUD, TRACTATE TA'ANIT,

[CA. 1514] USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 42,500.00
21 ISAAC IBN SAHULA

MESHAL HA-KADMONI (FABLES), ISAAC IBN SAHULA, [VENICE]

[CA. 1546-1547] USD 35,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 40,000.00
31 ATTRIBUTED TO RABBI SIMEON BAR YOHAI

SEFER HA-ZOHAR (THE BOOK OF SPLENDOR), ATTRIBUTED TO RABBI SIMEON BAR YOHAI, MANTUA

1558-1560 USD 35,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 40,000.00
182 EDITED BY RABBI AARON BEN JEHIEL MIKHL HA-LEVI OF MICHALISZKI

SIDDUR (DAILY PRAYER BOOK) ACCORDING TO THE HASIDIC RITE (MINHAG SEFARAD), EDITED BY RABBI AARON BEN JEHIEL MIKHL HA-LEVI OF MICHALISZKI, SLAVUTA

1827-1828 USD 35,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 37,500.00
1 EDITED BY RABBI JACOB LANDAU

PSALMS WITH THE COMMENTARY OF RABBI DAVID KIMHI, EDITED BY RABBI JACOB LANDAU,

1487 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 35,000.00
41 SIMEON HA-LEVI GÜNZBURG

MINHOGIM (YIDDISH CUSTUMAL), SIMEON HA-LEVI GÜNZBURG, VENICE

1600-1601 USD 30,000.00 - 40,000.00 USD 35,000.00
125 WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY ARYEH LEIB BEN DANIEL OF GORAJ

AN IMPORTANT ESTHER SCROLL, WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY ARYEH LEIB BEN DANIEL OF GORAJ, RADENSDORF, MARGRAVIATE OF BRANDENBURG, JULY 29

1735 USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 35,000.00
72 EXECUTED BY ARTHUR SZYK, EDITED BY CECIL ROTH

THE HAGGADAH, EXECUTED BY ARTHUR SZYK, EDITED BY CECIL ROTH, LONDON

[1940] USD 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 USD 32,500.00
162 RABBI MOSES ISSERLES

TORAT HA-HATTAT (TREATISE ON THE LAWS OF KASHRUT), RABBI MOSES ISSERLES, KRAKOW

1569 USD 25,000.00 - 35,000.00 USD 32,500.00
32 ATTRIBUTED TO RABBI SIMEON BAR YOHAI

SEFER HA-ZOHAR (THE BOOK OF SPLENDOR), ATTRIBUTED TO RABBI SIMEON BAR YOHAI, CREMONA

1559-1560 USD 18,000.00 - 20,000.00 USD 30,000.00
224 RABBI NISSIM GERONDI

DERASHOT (DISQUISITIONS ON JEWISH PHILOSOPHY), RABBI NISSIM GERONDI, [CONSTANTINOPLE

CA. 1533] USD 20,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 27,500.00
298 ILYA SCHOR

HASSIDIC FIGURES, "DIG, DANCE, AND DAVEN"

USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 23,750.00
80 RABBI SHABBETAI HA-KOHEN

SELIHOT VE-KINOT (PENITENTIAL PRAYERS AND ELEGIES IN COMMEMORATION OF THE CHMIELNICKI MASSACRES), RABBI SHABBETAI HA-KOHEN, AMSTERDAM

1651 USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 22,500.00
206 DON ISAAC ABRABANEL

SEFER ZEVAH PESAH (PASSOVER HAGGADAH WITH COMMENTARY), DON ISAAC ABRABANEL, [CONSTANTINOPLE

1505] USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 21,250.00
254 RABBI JOSIAH PINTO

KESEF NIVHAR (COMMENTARY ON GENESIS, EXODUS, AND LEVITICUS), RABBI JOSIAH PINTO, DAMASCUS

1605-1606 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 21,250.00
294 ISAAC LEESER

DISCOURSES ON THE JEWISH RELIGION, ISAAC LEESER, PHILADELPHIA

1867-1868 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 21,250.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
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