The prayer book, originates from the Middle East and is about 50 pages long, is written in Hebrew and is still in its original binding. Using sophisticated carbon-test dating methods, it was discovered that the Jewish prayer book dated to the first half of the Ninth Century AD, making it the oldest in existence. The study of the text is ongoing and is only due to end in 2015.
The prayer book contains three main parts: the morning service, liturgical poems and the Haggadah, read during the Passover Seder. The rare book was first presented to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by its owner Steve Green, owner of one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical artifacts, known as the Green Collection.
The negative was considered to be an exceptionally unusual item and the copyright which was included added another dimension, as often only the physical item is offered for sale. The auctioned image was taken at Zuma Beach in Malibu. The pictures made Joseph Jasgur famous and helped create the star who would go on to become Marilyn Monroe.
Part of The Watsons on display
The exhibition, which also includes a needle case and other domestic tools belonging to Austen, focuses on the way the author meticulously prepared her writing surface, pinning precisely sized patches to the paper in those rare places where she made substantial revisions.
Earlier this year, Russell Graves took 75 Civil War-era cartes de visite and about 50 posters from World War I and World War II from the Library. All of the stolen items, the value of which was alleged to have been about $31,000, were recovered.
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