Auction No. 100

Rare and special items

June 20, 2017
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Sold for $ 3,660
Including buyer's premium

A work on the book of Tehillim, by Rabbi Yehuda Leib of Braunschweig. Ashkenazi handwriting. 18th century [perhaps 1805]. Not printed.

Specifications: 108 leaves. 17x21 cm, Thick paper, written on both sides of the leaf.

Content: A large, complete work on the entire book of Tehillim. In the colophon [page 105b]: Yehuda Leib in Braunschweig. Brunswick-Braunschweig, a city east of Hanover, Northern Germany.

Unique Features: Orderly and legible handwriting, with no erasures. At the beginning of each chapter is a title with the chapter number and its beginning, a line is drawn between each chapter, with a small number of additions in the page margins, which shows that the author's intention was to print the work. It begins with a long introduction from the author in which he writes in a Kabbalistic approach about various interpretations of verses connected to the Jewish soul and the soul of Moshe Rabbeinu, which encompassed 600,000 souls. In the colophon, the author writes that he prays he will be able to bring the commentary to print.

In the end, the work was not printed, and we have been unable to discover any further details about the author.

The manuscript was in the Montefiore Collection, MS 36, with the stamp of the library in Ramsgate, it appeared in a Sotheby's catalog of manuscripts in Montefiore's library in 2004.

Condition: Very fine. A few aging stains. Bound in original simple binding.