Oldest Ashkenazi Siddur Sold

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Sotheby auctioned the earliest existing copy of an Ashkenazi siddur and Haggadah for a little over $300,000

The siddur was a complete copy of an early siddur published at the press of Daniel Bomberg in Venice in 1519-1520.

siddur would normally wear out from constant use, but this one was owned for much of its history by non-Jews and spent two centuries in the library of a Catholic monastery in France.

The siddur’s antiquity is reflected in many nuscha’os different from modern siddurim. Kabbolas Shabbos, which was first introduced in the 16thcentury in Tzefas, is absent.

 

{Matzav.com Israel}

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