1. Illuminated Parchment Manuscript - Seder Birkat HaMazon, Birkot HaNehenin and Bedtime Kriat Shema
- Germany / Austria, 18
the text on every page.
The manuscript opens with an architectural title page -
illustration of an arched gate with two pillars, topped
with three vases. Written at the end of the title page:
"In Amsterdam typeface", with the word Amsterdam
enlarged (as was the custom of printers in those days).
On the following leaf, at the beginning of Seder Birkat
HaMazon appears a colorful ornamentation surrounding
the words "Baruch Hu U'Varuch Shemo" (Blessed is He
and blessed is His Name). The initial word of HaMalach
HaGo'el, on p. a, is decorated with flowers, an angel
and a light-purple border.
 leaves (33 written pages). 12.5 cm. Fair-good condition.
Stains. Slightly faded ink in several places. Ink and paint
smears to illustrations. Tiny needle-holes to inner margins
from previous sewing of the leaves. New endpapers.
Contemporary restored parchment binding, stained.
Opening price: $45,000
"Seder Birkat HaMazon with lovely illustrations, also
Seder Birkot HaNehenin… and Seder Kriat Shema
al HaMita…" - illuminated parchment manuscript.
Pocket size. Ink on parchment, with colorful illustrations.
Contemporary parchment binding, with charming floral
A book of blessings with illustrations and ornamentation
characteristic to the "Moravian School" of book
illumination, of 18
century Germany or Austria.
The illustrator of this manuscript was, most probably,
familiar with books created by artists of the "Moravian
School": Aaron Wolf Schreiber Herlingen of Gewitsch
ko), Meshulam Simmel of Polná, and others.
The manuscript is composed of 17 parchment leaves.
Neat Ashkenazi square script with vowel points, and
instructions in Hebrew (Rashi script) and in Yiddish-
Deutsch (German in Hebrew letters - Tzena U'rena
script). The initial words and some letters are decorated
with miniature decoration. Rectangular borders frame