Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 1,500 - $ 2,000
Sold for $ 1,342
Including buyer's premium

Manuscript. An excerpt on parchment removed from its binding from Maimonides's monumental work the 'Mishneh Torah', from the Zemanim section. Germany, 13-14th century. 

Specifications: [2] large attached leaves. Parchment. 23x29 cm. Ashkenazi handwriting on both sides of the leaves (the handwriting on the inner side is faded). 

At the top of the excerpt is written: "Hilchot Megillah and Chanuka, Hilchot Shekalim", followed by chapter 1 of Hilchot Shekalim until almost the end of chapter 3, and Hilchot Megillah from near the beginning of chapter 1 until chapter 2. 

Unique Features: Before us is an extremely early transcription of the 'Mishneh Torah' in a different order than is common today, in which Hilchot Megillah and Chanukah appear after Hilchot Kiddush HaChodesh and Ta'anit. There may also be changes of wording from the wording found today.

Condition: Moderate. Tears, mainly on the margins. A few stains. The writing on the inner pages is faded.  

Manuscripts from Ashkennaz