Auction 54 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
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Vellum Manuscript with Illustrated Title Page - Prayers for a Cohen for the High Holidays and for Festivals and ...

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Vellum Manuscript with Illustrated Title Page - Prayers for a Cohen for the High Holidays and for Festivals and Kiddush Levana - Frankfurt am Main, 1812
Vellum manuscript, Sefer Mar'eh Cohen - The Priestly Blessing and various prayers for the Festivals and for the High Holidays. Written by the scribe "Ya'akov Shmuel son of R. Azriel Cohen Sofer of the Amsterdam community" who wrote it "In honor of R. Chaim son of R. Moshe Cohen Shuster of the Frankfurt am Main community". Frankfurt am Main, 1812.
Impressive manuscript - pocket edition. Colorful title page with floral illustrations of a Torah crown, and of hands (symbolizing priesthood). Square vowelized scribal script with artistic tagim (letter-crowns).
The manuscript was designed for a cohen's use at the time he approaches the duchan (platform) for Birkat Cohanim (the priestly blessings), so he need not carry his siddur with him.
It begins with the Birkat Cohanim and is followed by the Hallel for the Three Festivals (with the blessing upon swaying the lulav on Succot), Hosha'anot, the end of the repetitive prayer for the High Holidays including Hayom Harat Olam [at the end of Seder Shofrot], Areshet Sefatenu, Hayom Te'amtzenu, Avinu Malkenu and more. At the end of the manuscript is Birkat HaLevana which is recited on Motzei Yom Kippur. For comparison, see a similar manuscript (on paper) in Kedem Catalog, Auction 51, Item 391.
On the endpapers and flyleaves are ownership inscriptions of "Isaac son of R. Chaim Shuster Katz" and of "Louib [?] Frits" and a bookmark.
[1], 24, [5] pages. Approx. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary red leather binding, with gilt decorations and the title Mar'eh Cohen. Minor damages to binding.

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