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Sold for $70,000 (£55,550) by specialist auction house Kestenbaum (25/20% buyer’s premium) on June 22 was an exceptionally crisp and well preserved copy, bound in the early 20th century as two volumes in half vellum and green morocco.

An example of the second printed edition, it was issued c.1490 by the celebrated Italian Ashkenazic family of printers, the Soncinos – this edition bearing the name of Solomon Soncino.