A remarkable testament to the cross-cultural influences in the Golden Age of medieval Spain, this splendid illuminated Hebrew Bible is an exceptionally important exemplar of medieval book arts and literary culture. Dating from the first half of the 14th century in Castile, it features lavishly painted borders and intricately penned micrographic decoration. One of only three complete decorated Hebrew Bibles from Spain to come to auction in the past century, this extraordinary work also bears the distinction of being one of only six such manuscripts held in private hands. Click ahead to discover the story behind this rare Hebrew Bible. Important Judaica 20 December | New York
The Valmadonna Trust Library is quite simply the finest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts in the world. Assembled over a span of more than six decades by visionary collector Jack Lunzer, it comprises a wide-ranging group of more than 11,000 works which chart the spread of the Hebrew press and the global dissemination of Jewish culture. The star of the collection is a magnificent complete sixteenth-century copy of the Babylonian Talmnud produced by famed printer Daniel Bomberg.
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