Auction 106: Rare Hebrew Books
By Kestenbaum & Company
Jun 27, 2024
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States
The Marx Library (Part II).
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LOT 47:


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Auction took place on Jun 27, 2024 at Kestenbaum & Company


Hebrew, Pentateuch). Chamishah Chumshei Torah.

Printed on Van Gelder paper. ONE OF 850 COPIES.

Typeface designed by Marcus Behmer. Woodcut decorative title in blue, brown and black. Initial word of each of the Five Books surrounded by arabesques and printed in brown and black, few verses and single words printed in red.

Bound in two volumes. Later grey boards with original printed spine labels. Folio. * With: Prospectus tipped in.

Berlin, Officina Serpentis (E. W Tiffenbach) for Soncino Gesellschaft, 1931-33.


The most ambitious undertaking of the Soncino Gesellschaft der Freunde des juedischen Buches, an organization of Jewish bibliophiles in Germany.

This Bible was printed with a new typeface designed by Marcus Behmer and styled on the Prague Hagadah of Gershom Kohen. The intended completion of the entire Bible was aborted due to the rise of Nazism.

According to Karp, the verse in Deuteronomy 33:29, “Your enemies shall dwindle away before you, and you shall tread upon their high places” was printed in red, in silent but eloquent protest against the rise of Nazism in Germany.

See A.J. Karp, Library of Congress Catalogue pp. 31-34; L. Avrin, The Art of the Hebrew Book in the Twentieth Century, in: New York Public Library Catalogue, A Sign and a Witness (1988) p.135.

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