SOTHEBY'S TO AUCTION STUNNING ARRAY OF ANCIENT HEBREW WRITINGS

Nov 12, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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Sotheby’s auction house is offering what is considered to be – the world’s most important private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts.

And Sotheby’s Vice chairman David Redden says the “glory” of the auction is the first printing of the Talmud – from Venice in the 1520s.

11,000 items are going on sale – collected by a London diamond dealer.

They document life in the Jewish diaspora from Europe and Africa to Asia – spanning a millennium.

A dozen items from the collection will be auctioned in New York on December 22nd.

They include a Hebrew Bible from 1189 – said to be the only surviving “dated” Hebrew manuscript – written before Jews were expelled from England in 1290.

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