Auction 103 Fine Judaica.
By Kestenbaum & Company
Sep 20, 2023
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States

Auction of Judaica. Including a large offering of Americana from a distinguished Private Collection. Focusing on Jews in the American Civil War, featuring photographs, autograph letters and printed books.

Judaica books and manuscripts (non-Hebraic) are offered next.

This includes two important letters from the United States regarding Edgardo Mortara (Lot 31); an exceptionally rare E.M. Lilien livre-de-artiste (Lot 150); an impressive 18th-century plate-book featuring the Holy Land (Lot 156); a recently discovered illustrated letter by Arthur Szyk (Lot 199).

Utilize the Search-bar to locate books that are of regional interest, including: Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Spain.

The final portion of the auction includes a wide selection of Jewish Graphic Arts, many formerly in the collection of the late Peter Ehrenthal; and Ceremonial Objects from a distinguished four-generation collection.

For any and all inquiries please contact Shaya Kestenbaum:

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LOT 50:


Autograph Letter Signed, written ...

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$ 500
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Buyer's Premium: 25%
sales tax: 8.875% On the full lot's price and commission


Autograph Letter Signed, written to “my dear Hattie” by Captain William W. Dorr, of the 121st Pennsylvania Infantry.

Letter has much interesting information on the events taking place at that place and time. Jewish officers CAPTAINS JOSEPH ROSENGARTEN AND CHARLES ETTING prominently mentioned (see below).

Six pages. 8vo.

Camp, near White Oak Church, Virginia, 13th January, 1862

An account of an anti-Semite overcoming his prejudice, Dorr writes: “You can have no idea how the nobler qualities of Rosengarten have come out since our number of line officers has become reduced. I have learned from being prejudiced against him to like him very much.” Dorr continues to mention Rosengarten’s aid to fellow soldiers (including Etting).

On his maternal side, Dorr was a descendant of the Chief Justices Lynde (father and son) of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; the Reverend Increase Mather and the Reverend John Eliot, the "Apostle to the Indians.”

Dorr was killed in action on May 10th, 1864, at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia.

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