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Possibly the most valuable collection of Hebrew and Jewish books ever to be sold comes up for auction in Zurich on Tuesday.

It consists of 33 items from the library of the late David Solomon Sassoon, who died in 1942. Among them are a 10th century Hebrew bible from Syria or Iraq, which is one of the oldest surviving texts of the Old Testament, as well as some of the most beautiful surviving illuminuated Haggadot from Spain and medieval Germany. The oldest item in the collection is a ninth century fragment of the Palestinian Mishnah.

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