A rare 15th century festival prayer book written in Hebrew and estimated to be worth up to $800,000 will be exhibited in New York next week ahead of its sale at Christie’s Books and Manuscripts auction in Paris next month.
The 400-page illuminated prayer book, or Mahzor, that was probably made in Florence is considered one of the finest and rarest of its kind and has never been publicly exhibited.
The lavishly illustrated book on vellum, which features Renaissance motifs, contains daily prayers and blessings for Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
“It is very beautifully written and richly decorated with illuminations of mixed styles,” said Kay Sutton, the director of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the international books department at Christie’s.
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