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Miniature prayer book with silver binding adorned with Levi family emblem
Padua, Italy
1729
Binding: silver, repoussé, engraved, punched, and pierced
Book: printed on paper
Inscribed in hebrew on the spine of the binding: "Prayer"; on the title page: "Daily and festival prayers according to the Sephardi rite printed for the brothers Zemach Jacob David sons of the sage Meir Corcos. In Amsterdam, in the house of the outstanding physician Naftali Herz Levi in the year... [5]489 [1729]"
On page 4v, the introduction: "I saw in the city of Amsterdam a prayer book in a tiny cover with tiny letters without vowels and the youths cannot read it during prayers and I felt their distress and I printed this prayer book in a tiny cover such as has never been seen before in small, fine letters with new, beautiful vowels, to educate the young in the Commandments when their eyes behold it: [signed] Meir Corscos fils." On the first page, the owner's signature, "Shabtai son of Shlomo Marini, my book," and on the second page, in his handwriting, benedictions for the Hanukkah festival.
Binding: H: 12.3; L: 6.4; D: 2.1 cm
Book: L: 5.9; W: 4.1 cm
Accession number: B86.0281, B86.0150 ; 184/149, 142/081


From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

Exhibitions:
The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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