Auction 101 Sale of Fine Judaica
By Kestenbaum & Company
Mar 23, 2023
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States

Kestenbaum's Early Spring auction of Fine Judaica is, as usual with all our sales, exceptionally broad in Judaic subject matter.

The opening 33 lots are seasonal, being Passover Hagadot. Of particular note is Lot 30.

American-Judaica commences with lot 34. Initial 14 lots are Civil War era carte-de-visite photographs, followed by varied autograph letters and printed books. Of particular note is Lot 50.

The next subsection are Hebrew manuscripts and autograph letters (Lots 68-98). This includes Chassidic materials, Synagogue Pinkas record books, and two very sweet Italian liturgical manuscripts (lots 82 and 83).

Lot 99 commences the section of Printed Books in which both Hebrew texts and books in a multiplicity of other languages are combined. Sprinkled throughout are books from the library of the late Haham Solomon Gaon, especially Sephardic texts, many of which carry inscriptions from the Authors.

Utilize the Search-bar to locate books that are of regional interest, including: Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Syria.

Holocaust-era materials are numbered Lots 149-169.

The penultimate lot in the auction is the first English edition of Theodor Herzl's Jewish State (Lot 228).

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(Photograph). Adah Isaacs Menken. Stereoscope card.

Pencil inscription identifying the sitter and noting: “John C. Heenan [American bare-knuckle prize fighter] former wife.”

Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-68) was the highest earning American actress of her time. She was best known for her performance in the melodrama Mazeppa, with a climax that apparently featured her nude on stage while riding a horse.

“Adah Isaacs Menken, the first American Jewish ‘superstar, ’ helped pioneer the art of cultivating an outsized, even outrageous, personality as a path to fame and fortune.” (JVL).

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