Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $2,000
Estimate $4,000 - $5,000

"Wondrous calendar through the end of the sixth millennium." Magnificent, intricate creation, that took an entire year to create. Unknown discovery!

Large, deluxe wall calendar, printed from an illustrated manuscript. It includes the name of the artist and, exceptionally, the name of the proofreader. Also printed with prominent approbations. The bottom section of the calendar notes the year and place that it was made.
The calendar includes times of the moladot and tekufot, leap years and shemittah years, planets, signs of the zodiac, prayer times, Shabbat times, Birkat HaChamah and much historic information. It includes customs, laws and customs of the haftarah, times for kiddush levanah and its laws. With dozens of nice sketches, high-level geometric designs. With pictures of the signs of the zodiac, animals, three pictures of the moon at different times of the month and more.

The name of the artist and writer appears on the bottom section: David Elya son of Binyamin Beinus Wallach of Chorostkow, a village in Tarnopol, Galicia. Includes the name of the proofreader, Yisrael Tenenbaum. On the bottom left, the artist writes that he started this work in 1884 and finished it a year later in 1885. He writes how proud he is of his handiwork.

The upper section features the approbation of Lemberg rabbis: Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Orenstein and his son-in-law, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Brodye. The bottom section features the approbation of Admor Yisrael of Chortkov, signed by his noted gabbai Rabbi Aharon Dahl and the approbation of Rabbi Shimon Babad of Tarnopol, the son of Rabbi Yosef Babad, author of the Minchat Chinuch, and his father's successor in the rabbinate. Along with the approbations of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Teumim, author of Shu"t Eretz Tzvi and Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Yost of Lemberg, author of Ohalei Yaakov and Mikraei Kodesh.

This calendar is not discussed the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. To the best of our knowledge, it is not in any of the large public libraries throughout the world. The artist is also unknown.

[1] printed leaf mounted on cardboard. 72x58 cm. Matted and framed. Very fine condition.

Proclamations, Etchings and Graphics