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Auction Description for Kestenbaum & Company: Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters,

Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters,

by Kestenbaum & Company


484 lots | 336 with images

November 14, 2013

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Lot 1: AARON IBN CHAIM.

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Description: Korban Aharon [extensive commentary to the Sifra with an essay on hermeneutics] FIRST EDITION . Two parts in one. Title within architectural arch. ff. 139, 302, (4). Some staining. Later morocco, gilt. Folio. Vinograd, Venice 1058; Habermann, di Gara 271.• With various owners' signatures including R. Ber Adler HaKohen, father of Nathan Marcus Adler, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire.Venice, Giovani di Gara, 1609.

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ABRABANEL, JUDAH.

Lot 2: ABRABANEL, JUDAH.

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Description: ("Leone Ebreo.") Dialoghi di Amore. Printer's mark on title. ff. 246. Despite a few marginal repairs, a bright copy. Recent tinted vellum. 8vo. Adams A-63.• The author was the eldest son of Don Isaac Abrabanel and one of the foremost philosophers of the Renaissance. Commonly known as Leone Ebreo, his reputation rests upon the Dialoghi, among the most popular philosophical works of the age. See C. Roth, The Jews in the Renaissance (1959), pp. 128-36.Venice, Domenico Giglio, 1558.

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ABRAHAM BEN ELIEZER LIPMAN.

Lot 3: ABRAHAM BEN ELIEZER LIPMAN.

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Description: Igereth HaTzofeh. FIRST EDITION. Marginalia throughout: Mostly short synopses of the text and possibly prepared by the author for a new edition. ff. 34. Some staining, paper repair to final leaf affecting some words, previous owners' marks. Contemporary boards, rubbed, upper cover detached. 4to. Vinograd, Bialystok 4.• Introduction to the study of Rav Alfas (Ri"f) and his commentaries; with Kanfei Nesher, halachic matter pertaining to the distinguishing marks and signs of Kosher birds; Ir Cheshbon on the Mitzvoth, and Chalon HaTziftzuf, Kabbalistic and homiletical comments.The title page cites the Vilna Gaon on the importance of studying the Ri"f. The author who was a Maggid and Dayan in Vilkomir, Lida and other towns, published a number of works including Hin Tzedek, Amudei Shamayim and Kanfei Nesharim. Although he obviously was influenced by the Vilna Gaon, he was related to the great Chassidic Rabbis R. Elimelech of Lizhensk and R. Zushye of Annapoli. It has been suggested he was in fact their brother or nephew. See See H. Liberman, Ohel Rochel Vol. III, pp. 517-19; A.C. Michaelson, Ohel Elimelech, siman no. 151; and M. Eidelblum, R. Elimelech MiLizhensk, p. 31.Bialystok, Aaron Halevi Horowitz, 1806.

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Description: Dwek, Jacob Saul. Derech Emunah. Printed presentation label with autograph additions by the author on front pastedown. pp. 24, ff. 133. Previous owner's signature on title, recent handwritten table of contents inserted after introduction, Contemporary boards, calf backed spine. 8vo.• A volume of inspirational sermons, alphabetically arranged, delivered between Passover and Shavuoth. The author, Jacob Saul Dwek (1828-1919) was Chief Rabbi of the ancient city of Aleppo. See D. Sutton, Aleppo City of Scholars (2005) pp. 182-85.Aleppo, Y. Dayan, 1914.

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Lot 5: ABUDRAHAM, DAVID BEN JOSEPH

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Description: Abudraham [commentary to the prayers]. FIRST EDITION. Printed in double columns. With diagrams of the Temple altar in Jerusalem on ff. 23r. -24v. and calendric tables of "Moladoth" on ff. 134r., 137, 139v.-140r. Scattered marginalia in a Sephardic hand. ff. (169 of 170). f. 1 in facsimile, some text missing on ff. 2-3 replaced in facsimile. Several ff. paper repaired (especially final leaf laid to size), slight worming repaired, clean tear on f. 162 neatly taped, some staining, (pencil marking of leaf numbers erroneous.) Previous owner's signature on verso of final leaf "Yitzchak Ibn Lebo." Modern elegantly tooled morocco, with matching fitted case. Folio. Vinograd, Lisbon 4; Goff 36; Goldstein 92; Offenberg 1; Steinschneider, p. 859, no. 4784, 1 "Expl. Perfectum Rariss."; Thes. B19; Wineman Cat. 57. Not in Cambridge University; Roest p. 296 (also lacking first leaf); Yeshiva University copy incomplete (See G. Cohen, Hebrew Incunabula...Yeshiva University no.1).• THE SECOND BOOK PRINTED IN LISBON. A Wide-Margined Copy. An invaluable encyclopedia concerning the ritual customs of Spain, France, Provence and Germany.David ben Joseph Abudraham of Seville wrote this liturgical commentary in 1340. He was motivated to write the work in response to contemporary liturgical confusion: "The lengthy exile and intensive persecution have led to a variety of customs in different kingdoms so that most ordinary folk, when they offer their prayers to God, are ignorant about their meaning and have no understanding of the sense and structure of liturgical practices." Abudraham's work accordingly not only provides clear rules, but devotes much space to the reasons behind many customs, as well as commenting on the text of the prayers and piyutim. The work offers commentary to all daily, Sabbath, monthly, Festival and fast-day prayers, also provides guidance on lectionaries, the calendar, as well as an extensive treatise upon the various benedictions. See S. C. Reif, Judaism and Hebrew Prayer (1993), pp. 204-5."Of all the [incunable] Hebrew presses that flourished in the Iberian Peninsula, that of Lisbon - the last of them all - was typographically the best equipped and most successful." See J. Bloch, Early Hebrew Printing in Spain and Portugal (1938) pp. 32-3.The opening leaf of this first edition is especially rare and is lacking in many copies. Indeed, Brad Sabin Hill states, [Incunabula, Hebraica & Judaica from the Jacob M. Lowy Collection, National Library of Canada (1981) no. 92] "this may be the only complete copy in the world."Lisbon, Eliezer (Toledano), 1489.

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Description: Sepher HaTakanoth shel Agudath Yisrael HaBesarabith - Statutul Societatei Evreesti din Basarabia "Agudas Isroel" Text in Hebrew, Romanian, Yiddish and Russian pp. 22. Original printed wrappers, light wear. 4to• Scarce. Delineates the objectives of the early Agudath Israel movement. Among the 51 points of business are proposals seeking to establish seminaries for teacher education and sports organizations for the healthy physical development of students.Kishinev, P. Galanter, 1920.

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Lot 7: ALFASI, ISAAC BEN JACOB (RI"F)

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Description: Sepher Hilchoth Rav Alfas [Rabbinic code]. With commentary of Rashi, index on quotations from Arbah Turim of Jacob b. Asher, and index of Biblical quotations Three parts in one volume. Titles within woodcut architectural arch, incorporating printers' device (Yaari no. 61) ff. 211, (1); 160; 204. Previous owners' stamps, light stains in places. Contemporary elaborate blind-tooled calf, spine in compartments, remnants of clasps and hinges, extremities worn. Thick 4to. Vinograd, Amsterdam 66; Fuks, Amsterdam 210• A Handsome Copy.@Amsterdam, Immanuel Benveniste, 1643.

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Description: Castillo, Martin Del. Arte Hebraispano. Dikduk Lashon Hakodesh Belshon Sepharadith. Grammatica de la Lengua Santa. FIRST EDITION. Text in Hebrew and Spanish. Hebrew words are pointed and followed by Spanish transliterations. Woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. pp. (24), 336. Some worming, especially to inner margin, some water-staining and foxing. Contemporary limp vellum, stained, binding almost detached. 8vo. Palau 481466.• First edition of the first Hebrew grammar printed for the New World. No doubt a Marrano, Martin del Castillo was born in Burgos and studied Hebrew under the converso Rabbi Moyses (D. Francisco del Hoyo) while guardian of the Franciscan convent in Mexico.Although approved in 1656 the work was not printed until twenty years later due to the lack of printing facilities in Mexico that could accommodate a work with Hebrew type; thus Castillo had the book produced in Europe. The author remarks; "The distance between Mexico, in the New World, and Lyons, in the Old World, should excuse any writer from the blame that several misprints have occurred.""The book is so rare that the author's name...is given in Kayserling's bibliography as Martyr del Castillo with a remark that it is the pseudonym of a Spanish Jew. Neither he nor Steinschneider gave the title of the book correctly." See Alexander Marx, (Ed. M. Schmelzer), Bibliographical Studies and Notes on Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. (1977) p. 171.Lyons, Florian Anisson, 1676.

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Description: Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Charibbee Leeward Islands from 1690 to 1730. pp. 15, 24, (4), 25-231, (30). Modern calf-backed marbled boards. Folio.• First Acts relating to Jews in the New World. The Leeward Islands are a group of islands in the West Indies. They are the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles chain. The Leeward Islands became a British colony in 1671 and an important trading outpost of the British Empire.This volume is the first collected printing of British Laws for the Leeward Islands and a primary source on the administration of justice in the West Indies in the 18th century. After consolidating their power over most of the Leeward Islands the British set about instituting a uniform code of laws. Most of the laws were passed on and pertain to Antigua, the largest island in the group and the British colonial headquarters in the Leeward Islands. A handful of acts refer particularly to the island of Nevis. Many of the laws date to as far back as the 1670's, including the establishment of a legal system, rules governing servants and laborers, weights and measures, agriculture, trade, and the local militia. Several acts address the issues of slavery.Of particular interest is an act against Jewish trade passed by the Leeward Island Council and Assembly on August 31st 1694 (p. 4), which is now, December 10th, 1701, "abrogated and repealed" (pp. 12-13.) The original law came about because the Jews were trading with black slaves on the Christian Sabbath - but more likely was due to resentment over the commercial success of Jewish merchants. Its repeal here came about because of the increasingly important role the Jews played in sugar planting and and their value to trading and economic life on the island of Nevis as a whole.See M. Arbell, The Jewish Nation of the Caribbean (2002) pp. 218-21; N. Zacek, Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776 (2010) pp. 140-43.London, John Baskett, 1734.

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Description: Aryeh Leib Breslauer. P'nei Aryeh [responsa] FIRST EDITION. With marks of previous owner: Tzvi Hirsch Yitzchak Toyvish. ff. (3), 106. Lightly stained and dampwrinkled. Later boards, light wear. Sm. folio. Vinograd, Amsterdam 2181• Includes a Halachic question concerning financial matters relating to philanthropy (f.46) offered by Haym Salomon of Philadelphia, demonstrating the conscientious religious nature of this early American merchant and Revolutionary War patriot. "One of the most fascinating figures in American Jewish history." See J.R. Marcus, Early American Jewry (1953) Vol. II pp.132-64.Amsterdam, The Widow & Orphans Proops, 1790.

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Description: Mordecai M. Noah. Discourse Delivered at The Consecration of the Synagogue. K.K. She'erith Israel in the City of New York. pp. 47. Ex-library. Unbound. 8vo. Singerman 290; Rosenbach 199.• First discourse delivered for a consecration of a synagogue in America, delivered by Mordecai Manuel Noah, the most prominent Jew in America of the time and faithful member of the congregation, for which his great-grandfather, seventy years earlier, had served as hazzan.Noah (1785-1851) was born into a family of Portuguese Sephardic ancestry. He was the first Jew born in the United States to reach national prominence.New York, C.S. Van Winkle, 1818.

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Description: Sepher Tehillim. Liber Psalmorum Hebraïce cum Notis Selectis ex Editione Frances Hare S.T.P. Episcopi Cicestrensis: et cum Selecta Lectionum Varietate Ex Ed. Vet. Test. Heb. Benj. Kennicott S.T.P. FIRST EDITION. Title in Hebrew and Latin. Hebrew and Latin translation with Latin footnotes interspersed with Hebrew. ff. (2), pp. 495. Foxed in places, few leaves starting, 19th-century inscriptions on opening blank. Contemporary tree-calf, rubbed, small chip at top portion of spine. 12mo. Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America no. 1; Rosenbach 152 (locating only one copy - his own); Shaw & Shoemaker 17004; Sabin 66455.• The First Printing of Any Part of the Bible in Hebrew in America. A highly desired American Judaicum. This Psalter represents the first printing in America of any portion of the Bible in Hebrew. Its appearance sparked a desire to print the complete Hebrew Bible in the New World, that reached fruition in 1814 (see Rosenbach 171.)Concerning this scarce and important American Hebrew Psalter, see J. Wright, Early Bibles in America (1894) p. 122.Cambridge, New England, Hilliard and Metcalf, 1809.

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Lot 13: (AMERICAN JUDAICA)

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Description: George Washington. A Collection of the Speeches of the President of the United States... Addresses to the President, with His Answers. FIRST EDITION pp. xii, 282, (1), (1 blank). Foxed. Later half-roan over marbled boards. 8vo. Singerman 102• First official publication of the United States Government relating to American Jews. Among the contents of this anthology of George Washington's speeches and letters is the correspondence exchanged between him and the Jewish communities of America following his inauguration. The volume was "published according to an act of Congress" and is thus the earliest official publication of the United States government that refers to Jews.Characteristically, American Jews chose not to unite and dispatch one letter to congratulate Washington upon his inauguration. The congregation in Savannah sent its own letter, and the communities of Philadelphia, New York, Charleston and Richmond sent one jointly. In response to the good wishes expressed in the latter letter, Washington reciprocated: "May the same temporal and eternal blessings which you implore for me, rest upon your Congregations."The Jews of Newport declined to sign the letters sent by the other congregations. This may have been because the citizenry of Rhode Island were divided as to whether or not to join the new Union and the state's Jews may have been hesitant to make a public statement on the matter by writing to the newly elected President. Nonetheless, when Washington visited Newport in 1790, Moses Seixas, the warden of the congregation, addressed him on its behalf. Washington famously replied: "For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support ... May the children of the stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants."During the struggle for the passage of the Maryland Jew Bill (to eliminate Jewish disabilities in the state) at the beginning of the 19th century, one supporter, Col. William G.D. Worthington, delivered an address before the State Legislature and read the entire correspondence between the Jews of Newport and Washington. These letters continued to be cited by Jews and their advocates throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries to demonstrate that the Founding Father had fully sanctioned their inclusion into the new American nation.Boston, Manning and Loring, 1796.

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Description: Laws Made and Passed by the General Assembly of the State of Maryland.Includes: "An Act for the Relief of the Jews of Maryland " (Vol. I pp. 154-55; and see vol. II p. 21). Two volumes bound in one. Browned. Contemporary calf, needs rebinding. Thick 4to.• exceptionally important for the achievement of full civil rights for jews in the united states. While the Federal Constitution and Bill of Rights guaranteed full equality to American Jews, its provisions were not binding on state governments prior to the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868.In Maryland there was a protracted struggle to invest the Jews with political equality. Maryland's first Constitution, passed in 1776, retained a colonial statute requiring all public servants to invoke a Christian oath. Not only were governmental officials and members of the legislature considered public servants, but so were lawyers, militia officers and jurors. Thus, a Jew was deprived of a possible professional livelihood and opportunity to demonstrate loyalty to his country. Maryland Jews protested their inferior status as early as 1797, but it was not until 1825-6, when the Jew Bill was confirmed by the legislature, that Jews were fully relieved of social prejudices.On Feb. 26, 1825 the Jew Bill, an act "for the relief of the Jews in Maryland," was passed by the House of Delegates by a vote of twenty-six to twenty-five. The bill provided that "every citizen of this state professing the Jewish religion" who shall be appointed to any office of profit or trust shall, in addition to the required oaths, make and subscribe a declaration of his belief in a future state of rewards and punishments instead of the declaration now required by the government of the state.The bill was championed by legislator Thomas Kennedy, who declared: "This bill ought to pass even if it was only to do justice to the long oppressed Hebrew; but it is not for their benefit alone; it is establishing a general principle... approved by the patriots of the Revolution, sanctioned by wisdom and virtue and tested by experience... Let us pass this bill... even on a dying pillow it will comfort us to think that we have done at least one good act in our lives... establishing religious freedom in Maryland."See S. F. Chyet, The Political Rights of the Jews in the United States, in: American Jewish Archives 10.1 (Apr. 1958): 14-75; Edward Eitches, Maryland's Jew Bill, in: American Jewish Historical Quarterly 60.3 (Mar. 1971): 258-79.Annapolis, J. Hughes, 1824-25.

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Description: Isaac Gomez. Selections of a Father for the Use of His Children. FIRST EDITION . Present copy contains an approbation from President John Adams pasted in. pp. viii, 9-408. Foxed. Contemporary calf, rubbed, joints starting. 8vo. Singerman 322; Rosenbach 209• This literary anthology for adolescents, included an approbation by John Adams that was pasted into a few copies only. Adams judged that the book was "worthy to be presented by every father to every child, and deserve a place in every family."Gomez's Jewish affiliation resonates in the book with his decision to include a selection from The History of Pope Pius V, which is the source for the "pound of flesh" incident in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. As opposed to Shakespeare's telling, in the History of Pope Pius V, it is the Jew who is the victim and the Christian who threatens him. Gomez prefaced the selection by writing: "The following subject shows that Shakespeare altered the character of Shylock, making him to be of the Jewish nation, when in reality he was not." As Louis Harap notes (The Image of the Jew in American Literature, p. 260), "Gomez was obviously trying to combat the effects of the Shylock stereotype."Isaac Gomez (1768-1831), whose great-grandfather had fled from Portugal to New York in 1703, was active in New York's Jewish community. The few early literary contributions by American Jews "was anything but impressive, but Gomez's book is worth remembering as one of American Jewry's earliest literary efforts... Gomez, both a devotee of the humanities and a committed Jew, lived comfortably ensconced in the two worlds of the Jew and the cultured American" (J. R. Marcus, United States Jewry, vol. 3, p. 455). See also Blau and Baron, The Jews of the United States, 1790-1840, Vol. II, pp. 440-2.New York, 1820, Southwick and Peluse, 1820.

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Lot 16: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: William Davis Robinson. Memoir Addressed to Persons of the Jewish Religion in Europe on the Subject of Emigration to and Settlement in, One of the Most Eligible Parts of the United States of North America. FIRST EDITION. pp. 40. Ex-library, stained, paper repair on title. Unbound. 8vo.• Scarce. A precursor to Mordecai Manual Noah's Ararat Plan, this is a pamphlet written by an American resident in London seeking wealthy European Jews to invest in land along the upper Mississippi River and Missouri Territory to be reserved for Jewish settlement."To what part of the habitable globe can the Jews fly for an asylum, where they will be exempt from persecution and oppression? No part of Europe offers to them a secure or convenient refuge, nor can they seek it in Asia or Africa... The United States of America, where the field of enterprise is immense, which is the only government among civilized nations that has wisely rejected any exclusive establishment, and where neither sect nor individual is molested on account of religion, is the only country upon earth that affords them the means of regeneration, of security and comfort." (pp. 8-9.)See Daly & Kohler, The Settlement of the Jews in North America (1893) pp. 92-96.London, H. Hay, 1819.

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Lot 17: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: The First Report of the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews. pp. 48. marginal stains, signature on title-page. Unbound. 8vo. Rosenbach 232.• The first of many annual reports of the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews. Organized in 1820, the primary objective of the Society was to better the condition of the Jews by converting them to Christianity, a tactic that produced the inevitable backlash within the Jewish community. The Society hoped that conversion would bring the Jews not only spiritual salvation, but worldly improvement through education. This report recounts the history of the American Society and of similar groups in Europe, and describes their proposed tactics - the publication of a monthly journal, called Israel's Advocate, benevolent interaction with Jews, and prayer. A statement of finances is included, as are the speeches made at the Society's annual meeting and the names of officers around the United States.See Lorman Ratner, Conversion of the Jews and Pre-Civil War Reform, in: American Quarterly, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring, 1961), pp. 43-54.New York, Gray and Bunce, 1823.

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Description: (Noah, Mordecai Manuel). Ten thousand dollars bail bond. Printed document with manuscript additions, signed by M.M. Noah in his capacity as Sheriff of New York. Two pages. Central fold.New York, 27th May, 1822.

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Description: Compendium of the Order of the Burial Service, and Rules for the Mournings. Compiled by Desire, and Published on Account of the Hevra Hesed Ve'Emet of the K"K Sephardim Shearith Israel Prayers in Hebrew with English translation facing. Introductory compendium of Jewish laws in English interspersed with Hebrew keywords. Wide margins. pp. 12, (1 blank); ff. 4-18; pp. (3). Stained, margins torn and frayed. Unbound. Tall 8vo. Singerman 0447.• Congregation Shearith Israel of New York, established by the members of the first Jewish Community of North America who arrived in 1654, remains the oldest congregation in the United States. Its Burial Society, Hevra Hesed Ve'Emet is the oldest existing Jewish philanthropic society in New York. This compendium was its first publication. See Goldman, no. 35.New York, S.H. Jackson, 1827.

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Description: The Sabbath Service and Miscellaneous Prayers, Adopted by the Reformed Society of Israelites, Founded in Charleston, South Carolina, November 21, 1825. FIRST EDITION. Text entirely in English. Prepared by Isaac Harby, Abraham Moise and David Nunes Carvalho. The Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron (1888-1979) copy. pp. 68. Trace browned. Modern boards. Singerman 488 (locates just two copies); Rosenbach 327.• The first original Reform prayer book issued in the United States. of considerable rarity. In 1824, a group of 47 members of the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) in Charleston, South Carolina, petitioned the leaders of their Congregation to make reforms to the Spanish and Portuguese customary ritual. They hoped their plan would revitalize Jewish life and attract more members. In particular they sought major changes in the Sabbath service (a shorter service, English translation of Hebrew prayers, a weekly sermon in English and new prayers reflecting contemporary American life be added.)When the congregation refused to consider their proposal, the group led by Isaac Harby, Abraham Moise and David Nunes Carvalho formed an organization within the congregation to promote their reforms. Determined to replace "blind observance of the ceremonial law" with "true piety... the first great object of our Holy Religion," the Reformed Society of Israelites for Promoting True Principles of Judaism According to Its Purity and Spirit sought for their services to become more "American" while retaining Orthodoxy's core liturgy and teachings. They wished to worship no longer, as they put it, as "slaves of bigotry and priestcraft," but as part of the "enlightened world." Critically, they would go on to publish America's first Reform Jewish prayer book, The Sabbath Service and Miscellaneous Prayers Adopted by the Reformed Society of Israelites.Even though Harby's original petition was influenced by his Reform-oriented peers in Frankfurt, his prayer book had no similarity to the German Reform prayer book published in Hamburg in 1819. "Germany had accomplished little and the whole movement in Charleston breathed the spirit of American freedom and liberality. Its constitution, creed, and prayers reflect much of the new republic's laws and institutions." (See L.C. Moise, Biography of Isaac Harby (1931) p. 41)."For the first time, American Jews could choose from a variety of congregations and not just the traditionalist strategy of the 'established' Sephardic congregations. Moreover, Jews who did not feel at home in synagogue no longer had to compromise their principles for the sake of consensus; they felt free to withdraw and start their own congregations. In free and democratic America, congregational autonomy largely became the rule, resulting in a new American Judaism--a Judaism of diversity and pluralism" (Jonathan Sarna).See Gary P. Zola,"The First Reform Prayer Book in America" in: Dana Evan Kaplan (Ed.), Platforms and Prayer Books (2002) pp. 99-117.Charleston, J.S. Burges, 1830.

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Description: Sidur Siphthei Tzadikim / The Form of Prayers According to the Custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. Volume Sixth - Fast Day Service. Prepared by Isaac Leeser. List of Subscribers at end. Half-title inscribed: "REBECCA S. SEIXAS, NEW YORK, PRESENTED TO HER BY THE AUTHOR. " ff. (2), 186; pp. (4), 12. Contemporary calf, scratched, spine-labels removed. 4to. Goldman, 36; Vinograd, Philadelphia 12.• Sidur Siphthei Tzadikim, Rev. Isaac Leeser's comprehensive prayer book, was the first American edition containing the liturgy for the entire year. A landmark in the early flowering of the Religious Jewish Community of America.Philadelphia, Haswell, Barrington, and Haswell, 1838.

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Description: (Bible, Hebrew and English. Pentateuch). Torath HaElo-him - The Law of God. "Edited, and with Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised" by Isaac Leeser FIRST EDITION . Complete in five volumes. Hebrew and English on facing pages. Fine condition with wide margins Ex-library. Original uniform morocco with large geometric designs on upper and lower covers, gilt extra. Extremities slightly rubbed; a.e.g. 4to. Rosenbach 569; Singerman 884.• The first translation into English of any part of the Bible by an American Jew, for a specifically American Jewish audience. This was Isaac Lesser's crowning literary achievement and was the standard Jewish translation of the Pentateuch into the 20th-century.See B.J. Bamberger, American Jewish Translations of the Bible in: The Jewish Book Annual (1957) pp. 33-40.Philadelphia, C. Sherman, 1845-6.

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Description: Public Laws of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.Including: "An Act to Secure and Appropriate the Touro Jewish Synagogue Fund (pp. 476-78). Browned. Needs rebinding. Thick 4to.• By the first quarter of the 19th century the synagogue of Newport Rhode Island (established in 1763) was used infrequently as the community there had dwindled. It was Abraham Touro's bequest to the legislature of the state for "supporting the Jewish Synagogue in the State" that spurred the town to safeguard this architectural jewel. Endowing the building, even when it was not in use, protected it. It would come into regular use again when Eastern European immigrants reconstituted the Newport Jewish community. See Benton H. Rosen, The Touro Synagogue Fund, A Fiscal Review in: Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes, pp. 236-44.Providence, 1844.

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Description: Smith, Ethan. View of the Hebrews; or the Tribes of Israel in America. Second edition. pp. x, (3), 14-285. Foxed and stained. Contemporary calf, rubbed and rebacked. 12mo. Singerman 431;, 280; Sabin 82540.• Proto-Mormonism: Ethan Smith's attempt to identify the Lost Tribes of Israel with the North American Indians. This claim would be mirrored by Joseph Smith five years later with the printing of the Book of Mormon. This is the second edition of View of the Hebrews, which is believed Smith used to write his Book of Mormon. Claims of plagiarism were leveled at Joseph Smith at the time, which he vehemently denied. View of the Hebrews is the most famous of all Mormon parallels. See B.H. Roberts, Mormon Parallels, 399.Poultney (Vermont), Smith & Shute, 1825.

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Description: Machzor shel Pesach - Form of Prayers for the Feast of Passover. According to the Custom of the German and Polish Jews. Hebrew with English translation. pp. 300, 20. Lightly foxed, few edges chipped. Modern boards, all edges gilt. 8vo.• THE FIRST ASCHKENAZIC PESACH MACHZOR PRINTED IN AMERICA. Issued alongside a volume for Shavu'oth and Sukoth, this "completes the separate German and Polish liturgies begun in 1854" (Goldman 43.)Based upon the celebrated Wolf Heidenheim edition, this prayer book was issued by the Jewish printing establishment of Henry (Chaim) Frank of New York, thus enabling the newly rising community of Aschkenazic American Jews to conduct services according to their own custom, as opposed to that of the Sephardic rite.See next Lot and see Kestenbaum & Company, Sale 58, Lot 18.New York, Henry Frank, 1856.

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Description: Machzor shel Sukoth - Form of Prayers for the Feast of Tabernacles. According to the Custom of the German and Polish Jews. Hebrew with English translation. pp. 11, 48, 4, 180, 20. Lightly stained, few leaves starting. Contemporary straight-grain morocco gilt extra, extremities rubbed, spine taped. 8vo.• THE FIRST ASCHKENAZIC SUKOTH MACHZOR PRINTED IN AMERICA. Issued alongside a volume for Shavu'oth and Pesach, this "completes the separate German and Polish liturgies begun in 1854" (Goldman 43).Based upon the celebrated Wolf Heidenheim edition, this prayer book was issued by the Jewish printing establishment of Henry (Chaim) Frank of New York, thus enabling the newly rising community of Aschkenazic American Jews to conduct services according to their own custom, as opposed to that of the Sephardic rite.See previous Lot and see Kestenbaum & Company, Sale 58, Lot 18.New York, Henry Frank, 1856.

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Description: Isaac Leeser. Catechism for Jewish Children. Designed as a Religious Manual for House and School. Third edition. Dedicated to Rebecca Gratz. pp. x, 134. Stained and foxed. Original boards, worn. 8vo. Singerman 1437.• From Isaac Leeser's preface to this third edition: "The favourable reception which this manual met with on its first appearance induced me to issue, in 5605, a second edition, differing scarcely from the first. ...About eleven years have now elapsed since this book was reissued; and, as it has by degrees found its way into many schools, I now present it in a manner more permanent than before. ...The title slightly changed, and with such verbal corrections here and there as a careful revision has pointed out to be needed...it is to be hoped that the Catechism in its new form may be the means of an extended usefulness for many years to come. And, in this connection, I cannot avoid stating that it is a gratifying phenomenon that, notwithstanding the indifference which many express towards religion, there is a deep-seated feeling that something ought and must be done to enlighten the youthful mind. Therefore, if any event in my life can afford me some degree of satisfaction, it is the consciousness of having added one contribution, by this unpretending work, to satisfy the demand for information in the ways of the law of God. ...With these few words the Catechism is again offered to the indulgent kindness of the American and British Israelites, in the full hope that it may be of service to those for whose edification it was composed."Philadelphia, L. Johnson, 1856.

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Description: Israelitische Volks-Bibliothek. Deutsch-Amerikanische Skizzen für jüdische Auswanderer und Nichtauswander. pp. 108. Unbound. 8vo.• Anonymous report of the experiences of a German Jew who arrived in America in 1853. Provides unusual data about New York Jewry as well as a stimulating, critical - albeit in some parts prejudiced - view of it.The author begins by describing his journey from Europe to America (along with 12 other Jews) and although does not specifically explain why he left Germany, he looked to America for the religious freedom missing from his homeland. His writing style indicates an educated upbringing, both yeshiva-trained and secular. His religious orientation may be characterized as neo-Orthodox, welcoming reform but not if motivated simply to imitate American Christian society. He is most critical of American congregational formats so far developed and worries about the neglect of Jewish education. He is brutally critical of New York's Temple Emanu-El as well as of the B'nai B'rith. He surveys the position of women, rabbinic leadership and religious piety.The author provides an in-depth analysis of of She'arith Israel, the oldest and most prominent Sephardi Jewish congregation in New York, as well as a description Mordecai M. Noah, one of the most important members of the congregation. He criticizes the plethora of other synagogues that have been built "no matter the financial sacrifice, no real Jewish spirit is involved" for they seem to exist only in order to make money. He reserves his harshest criticism for the wealthy who are uncharitable. He is kindly disposed towards the Polish Orthodox Jewish congregations and most positively inclined towards Dutch and English Orthodox congregation. He explains their Orthodoxy by saying that Jews from countries without persecution retained the forms of Judaism after emigrating, while persecuted emigrants, associating these forms with hard and ugly times, eliminated them. He notes with discomfort the American atmosphere of materialism, but ultimately enjoys America for its democratic and equal treatment of all individuals. He realizes that the difference between the German and American culture is so severe that some Jews either avoid the American reality completely or surrender to it without qualifications.See G. Greenberg, A German-Jewish Immigrant's Perception of America, 1853-1854 in: American Jewish Historical Quarterly. LXVII, 4 (June,1978) pp. 307-41.Leipzig, Oskar Leiner, 1857.

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Description: Isidor Kalisch. A Guide for Rational Inquiries Into the Biblical Writings: Being an Examination of the Doctrinal Difference Between Judaism and Primitive Christianity. FIRST EDITION. Bookplate of Isaiah Frankel, Oskaloosa, Iowa, pp. (6), x, 192, (1). Foxed. Contemporary boards, detached. Singerman 1493.• Prussian-born Isidor Kalisch (1816-86) was an American reform rabbi, and writer. In 1849 he came to the United States and in 1850, was called to the Tifereth Israel congregation in Cleveland, Ohio, where he labored in the interest of the ultra-reform element in Judaism. In 1855, the first conference of rabbis was held in Cleveland and a ritual and common prayer-book was agreed upon, entitled Minhag America, which Kalisch edited together with Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.Cincinnati, Bloch & Co., 1857.

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Description: Board of Delegates of American Israelites. Endorsed by Henry Hart, Alexander Saroni and Isaac Leeser. Single printed page. Small tear on left margin. 4to. Singerman 1702 (locates just one copy).• Opposing federal legislation recognizing only Christian military chaplains and not Jewish ones."The formation of the Board of Delegates of American Israelites in 1859... proved somewhat effective in representing Jewish interests in the Union during the Civil War... Leeser was at the forefront of nearly all the major campaigns involving the protection of Jewish rights in the United States during the Civil War." (See L.J. Sussman, Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism (1995) p. 180 and 22-24).The first important Jewish issue of the war was the "legal disability preventing the commissioning of Jewish chaplains in the Union army." According to the Volunteer Bill only a Christian minister could hold the position of regimental chaplain. A Jew, Michael Allen was appointed as chaplain of the Sixty-fifth Regiment of the Fifth Pennsylvania Cavalry, which had a large Jewish contingent, despite the legal disability. A YMCA worker contested Allen's position and under protest Allen resigned his commission. Leeser was a childhood friend of Allen and actively worked with the Board of Delegates of American Israelites to pressure Washington to change the law to allow for Jewish chaplains. He assisted Dr. Arnold Fischel in preparing for his mission as the representative of Board of Delegates of American Israelites in Washington. Fischel's lobbying and a petition drive organized by the board generated enough political pressure and influence to get Congress to change the law and allow for non-Christian clergymen to be appointed as military chaplains.New York, 10th December, 1861.

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Description: Maimonides College. [Pamphlet Announcing the Establishment of Maimonides College in Philadelphia.] pp. (2). Stained, folded. Unbound. 8vo.• The establishment of the first Jewish Rabbinical Seminary in the United States. Unknown to Singerman - bibliographically unrecorded."The Board of Delegates of American Israelites have, in conjunction with the Hebrew Education Socirty of Philadelphia, established a college in that city, styled Maimonides College, under the charter granted to that Society by the Legislature of Pennsylvannia..." Noted thereafter are faculty appointments (including Isaac Leeser, Professor of Homiletics, Belles Lettres and Comparative Theology), details of the collegiate courses, and terms of applications for students, tuition fees, etc. Issued by Abraham Hart, President of the Board of Delegates of American Israelites.See B. Korn, The First American Jewish Theological Seminary: Maimonides College, 1867-1873 in: Eventful Years and Experiences, Studies in Nineteenth Century American Jewish History (1954) pp. 151-213; and L.J. Sussman, Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism (1995) pp. 238-40.New York, (1867).

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Description: (Liturgy). Olath Tamid-Gebetbuch für Israelitische Reform-Gemeinden [Prayer book for the Reform Communities]. Prepared by David Einhorn. FIRST EDITION . Bookplate of the social activist Alice Springer Fleisher Liveright (1882-1958). pp. viii, 492. Contemporary calf, scuffed, upper portion of backstrip lacking. 8vo. Singerman 1534• "A radical departure from the traditional prayer book...its pagination is from left to right and its changes are both substantial and substantive." A.J. Karp, From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress (1991) pp.303-304.David Einhorn (1809-79) migrated from Germany to America in 1855, where he became the broadly accepted senior leader of the Reform Movement. He advocated the introduction of prayers in the vernacular, the exclusion of nationalistic hopes from the synagogue service and many other ritual modifications. In 1858, his revised prayer book formed the model for all subsequent revisions.Baltimore, C.W. Schneidereith, 1858.

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Description: Jewish Reform. Movement to the Abandonment of the Mosaic Sabbath. No Violation of the Jewish Laws in the Alteration: Eloquent Plea in its Behalf by Rabbi [Kaufmann] Kohler. pp. 8. Light wear. Unbound. 8vo. Singerman 2400 (records just one copy).(Chicago,, 1873).

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Description: Die Deborah. Juedisch-Amerikanische Familienzeitung. German text. Volume 27, numbers 1-52. Bound together in one volume. Boards, detached. Folio.• German-language supplement of the English language weekly "The Israelite," created by Isaac Mayer Wise in Cincinnati in 1855. The first Jewish periodical in America devoted to women, Die Deborah appeared until 1902, two years after Wise's death. While ostensibly directed at women, the journal also served the larger needs of 19th-century America's German-speaking Jewry, promoting a program of German identity, bourgeois culture and Jewish Reform.The paper reported on Jewish affairs from all over the world and published essays on Jewish religion, culture, and history. It particularly featured news from Germany and informed its readers on the cultural life of the German immigrant community in America. Articles in Die Deborah promoted German culture and it hailed the German concept of Bildung - the harmonious formation of the intellect and of the character which was to inform true religiosity. The contributors to Die Deborah understood their Germanness not as an ethnic identity but as a legacy of cultural excellence, moral distinction, political progressiveness and universalism which they wished to integrate into American society. Die Deborah promoted a Judaism based on a divinely inspired system of norms and values that encouraged free and rational thinking that was quite distinct from the patterns of male learning and halachic observance of previous centuries.In this culture of middle-class propriety and enlightened German-Jewish sensitivity and religiosity Die Deborah exalted the Jewish mother and wife as the pillar on which the Jewish religion rested. She instilled her children with faithfulness to Judaism and guaranteed the moral and cultural standards of Jewish family life. Domesticity, marriage, and motherhood remained central in Die Deborah, but the periodical also encouraged women's education, praised women's accomplishments in Jewish history and encouraged women's activities outside the home, including professional careers. Thus, Die Deborah came to endorse the New Jewish Woman of the turn of the century and eventually supported women's suffrage. The importance of Die Deborah declined towards the end of the 19th century, as its readership achieved the integration into American society and the upward mobility that the journal had promoted. (EJ).See M.T. Baader, "From the 'Priestess of the Home' to the 'Rabbi's Brilliant Daughter': Concepts of Jewish Womanhood and Progressive Germanness in Die Deborah and the American Israelite, 1854-1900" in: Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, Vol. 43 (1998) pp. 47-72.Cincinnati, 1883-84.

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Description: Rev. Dr. E.G. Hirsch. The Crossing of the Jordan: Inaugural Sermon Before the Sinai Congregation. pp. 16. Light wear. Unbound. 8vo. Not in OCLC, unrecorded by Singerman.• Emil Gustav Hirsch (1851-1923) served for 42 years as the rabbi of Chicago Sinai Congregation, one of the oldest synagogues in the midwest. At this post, he became well known for an emphasis on social justice and delivered rousing sermons on the social ills of the day. In this, his inaugural sermon, Hirsch addressed the future of the Reform movement and more broadly, the great changes affecting American society.The Chicago Sinai Congregation was established in 1861. Under Dr. Emil Hirsch, it became a proponent of "Radical Reform," whereby Sabbath services took place on Sunday, Hebrew was eliminated from the service and the Ark was removed and the Torah Scroll donated to the University of Chicago library.See Spertus Museum, Uncovered & Rediscovered: Chicago's Jewish Pioneers, no. 1; T. Brinkmann, Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago (2012) p. 125.(Chicago), 1880.

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Description: David Miller. Sepher Mikvah ["Instructions how to Construct a Private Mikvah at Home, Easily, Quickly and Cheaply."] In Yiddish. With numerous diagrams. pp. (1), 32. Some staining. Original printed wrappers. 8vo.• Ordained by R. Isaac Elchanan, the author also had an engineering background and believed that there was no halachic barrier to using city water to build a small mikvah in one's own home. Indeed he received approval for his innovative plan from Rabbi Tzvi Shimon Albom of Chicago, along with three of the most important Rabbis of New York - R. Shalom Elchanan Jaffe, R. Gavriel Zev Margolis and R. Moshe Zevlun Margolis. However, Rabbi Miller's point of view was not well received in other Orthodox circles and thus it was R. Nissan Telushkin (author of Taharas Mayim) who noted that the observance of mikvah would have been more widely heeded in the United States had other Rabbis been more supportive of Rabbi Miller's campaign.Oakland, California, circa, 1924).

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Description: W.M. Citron (Ed.) Aufbau Almanac - The Immigrant's Handbook. FIRST EDITION. Illustrated. Text in English and German. Foreword by Albert Einstein. pp. 192. Few smal tears. Original printed wrappers. 4to.• A guide for recently arrived German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, with information and instruction on Jewish-German immigrant associations, citizenship classes, American life and customs (particularly in New York City), the text of The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, and the meaning of such vernacular expressions as the 'Bronx cheer' and 'sawbucks.' Produced by the editors of the monthly German-Jewish immigrant self-help magazine Aufbau.New York, Verlag German-Jewish Club, 1941.

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Description: A.B. Ehrlich. Rashei Perakim. FIRST EDITION. pp. (4), 67, (1), 115. Dampstained, leaves loose. Loose in original boards, spine taped. 8vo. Goldman 288.• FIRST TALMUD TEXTBOOK FOR JEWISH CHILDREN IN AMERICA. Vocalized selections from the Talmud and Midrash. It represents the first attempt to incorporate Talmud into elementary Jewish education in America. The author writes in his introduction: "My heart originally desired to add a translation and commentary in the language of this land in order to benefit our youngsters, however the heart is dependent on the pocket... therfore my work leaves the print-shop without the translation." The Polish-born author converted to Christianity only to return to Jewish observance soon after immigrating to America in 1876.New York, J. Wiley's Sons, (1883).

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Description: Moses Franks and the French and Indian War.Concerning the supply of provisions to the troops under Generals Amherst and Monckton in America during the French and Indian War. Nine letters are signed by Lord Ilchester and James Cresset, one by Cresset alone. They discuss terms of contracts, amounts supplied, payments, etc. for troops under the command of Generals Amherst and Monckton stationed at Niagara, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Oneida Lake, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Carlisle, Pittsburgh, etc. Ten documents of 2 pp. each, folio (one 4to.), light age staining, creased on folds, signed and dated.• Group of letters and reports dated January 20th, 1761 through November 22nd, 1763, shedding new light on Jewish-American History at the time of the French and Indian War. These letters to the British Treasury deal with the supply of provisions to British troops in America during the French and Indian War. They are of great interest for the early history of Jews in America, as the contractor for the supplies mentioned throughout the letters was Moses Franks (1718-89), the older brother of David Franks, the noted Philadelphia Jewish merchant. Together with his brother, he left New York for Philadelphia in 1738, and shortly thereafter relocated to London.Civilian suppliers were vital to the efforts of any European power with a foothold in the New World, and Jews had served in this capacity since the seventeenth century. No Jewish family played a greater role in supplying British troops in the Americas than the Franks family, which was active in this field by the 1730s. (The family was represented on the continent by 1696.) Their activity on behalf of the Crown increased until their firm became the chief military suppliers during the French and Indian War. This was of no small importance, as "England's war effort had bogged down during the mid-1750's, due in no small part to the breakdown of army supply, but conditions improved materially when Moses Franks and his syndicate took over... It was his syndicate, the largest among the army purveyors, that secured the contracts for victualing his majesty's forces in North America" (J. R. Marcus, Colonial American Jew, vol. 2, p. 715.)Moses Franks also engaged in commerce, shipping and banking in America. The syndicate's most important agents in America were in New York and Philadelphia, with the latter being represented by David Franks. Moses's experience as a purveyor for the British during the French and Indian War prepared him to perform the same task during the American Revolutionary War. Moses's earlier assistance to the Crown during the French and Indian War was unknown to Wolf and Whiteman, who do not mention this fact in their comprehensive History of the Jews of Philadelphia.Provenance: This important collection originally belonged to John G. Bell and Sir Thomas Phillipps prior to passing to the ownership of H. P. Kraus, New York.London, 1761-63.

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Description: [George Houston]. Israel Vindicated Being A Refutation Of The Calumnies Propagated Respecting The Jewish Nation In Which The Objects And Views of The American Society for Ameliorating The Condition Of The Jews Are Investigated. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION (following the New York, 1820 ed.) pp. iv, 106, v-vi. Ex-library, title stained. Needs rebinding. 8vo.• "In a country, where every man's right to publish his sentiments is held as sacred as his right to think, it cannot be thought surprising that a part of the community, who have long been treated as the outcasts of society, should feel anxious to vindicate themselves from what they consider misrepresentation" (Preface, p. i.)"The very year in which the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews was founded saw the publication of a strong counterblast to the Society's missionary activity. This publication, Israel Vindicated, consisted of a series of discussions, cast into the form of letters, of the injustice of the Christian claim to superiority over the Jews and of the unfortunate distinction between the organic law of the United States and the constitutions of various states, notably Maryland and Massachusetts, on the equality of religions. The whole is presented, in the Preface, as designed to vindicate the Jews from the 'misrepresentations' fostered by the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews... It is particularly interesting to observe that the interpretation placed on the American conception of freedom of religion in Israel Vindicated is the strict Jeffersonian view that religious freedom implies the absolute equality of all religions before the law." See Blau and Baron, The Jews of the United States, 1790-1840, A Documentary History, pp. 758-66.London, R. Carlile, 1823.

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Description: Yochanan B. Isaac Of Hoelleschau (Editor). Teshuvath Hageonim [responsa concerning the correct pronunciation of the name of God]. * WITH: Ma'aseh Rav [halachic polemic] FIRST EDITION. Signature on title-page of Ya'akov Brisker. ff.(1), 18. Closely shaved affecting headnotes. Modern boards. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Amsterdam 832; Fuks, Amsterdam 426.• The polemic concerns a divorce granted by Chief Rabbi Aaron Hart (also known as R. Uri Phoebus Hamburger) to one Ansel Katz of London prior to his flight to the West Indies due to gambling debt. This divorce was publicly criticized by Mordechai Hamburger (founder of London's Hambro Synagogue) who was promptly placed under the communal ban of "herem." The ensuing quarrel involved the Chacham Tzvi of Hamburg as well as the Rabbis of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and caused a rift in the Aschkenazic congregation of London. Interspersed are many personal details concerning the internecine conflict of the protagonists of this Anglo-Jewish cause celebré. See also G.W. Busse, The Herem of Rabenu Tam in Queen Anne's London, in JHSE Transactions, Vol. XX (1968) pp. 138- 48.Amsterdam, Immanuel ben Joseph Athias, 1707.

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Description: The Case and Appeal of James Ashley. Frontispiece of "Henry Simons the Polish Jew." pp. vi, (2), 46. Lightly foxed, library stamp. Modern marbled wrappers. Sm. 8vo. Roth B3, 25; Rubens, Jewish Iconography 2258.• Concerns an alleged assault by Simons on Ashley and the subsequent charges and countercharges.Important for the sympathetic portrait by Thomas Worlidge, the earliest etching in England of a Polish Jew. See JHSE, Transactions, Vol. XIX, pp. 16-7.London, 1753.

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Description: Ephraim Luzzatto. Eileh Benei HaNeurim. Wide margined copy. pp. (3), vi-xi, (5), 5-87. Stamp on title, browned, dampstained. Loose in later boards. Small 4to. Vinograd, London 45.• First edition, reputedly printed in no more than 100 copies. Born in 1729 in San Daniele del Friuli in the Venetian Republic, Ephraim Luzzatto graduated in medicine from the University of Padua in 1751 and settled in London in 1760 where he served as medical officer of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Hospital.This innovative book of verse includes "occasional poems, moralistic poetry, and some erotica. Most important, however, are his love sonnets, which have, for the period, a remarkable lyrical quality." Luzzatto's songs of longing for Zion, are considered outstanding. Each of the 55 poems in this collection has, in lieu of a title, an indication of the subject or occasion upon which it was composed. These subjects are quite varied: one (no. 12) is an apology to Manasseh Gentili, Luzzatto's respectable host at a Purim meal, at which the poet had overdone the mandatory inebriation, managing in consequence to leave the house stark naked; another (no. 32) concerns the venerable Rabbi of Gorizia, Jacob Gentili's kidney problems; nos. 38-40 relate more generally to physicians, their obligations and foibles.The production values of the Eileh Benei HaNeurim are exceptionally high, which is all the more remarkable since the work represents not only a literary landmark but also, as Cecil Roth observes, "a bibliographic curiosity, the only Hebrew book printed for Jews in England between about 1720 and 1770." Luzzatto demonstrated the adaptability of Hebrew by abandoning the metres of medieval poetry and thus exercised a major posthumous influence on the revival of an imaginative Hebrew literature during the 19th century. See David Mirsky, The Life and Work of Ephraim Luzzatto (1987).London, G. Richardson & S. Clark, 1766.

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Description: Seder HaTephiloth [daily and Sabbath prayers]. According to Sephardic rite]. Prepared by Yechezkel be Yirmiyah. Former owner gilt-tooled on upper cover: E. Del Mar. ff. 102 (i.e. 106). Foxed. Contemporary gilt-ruled straight-grain morocco, older repairs, backstrip laid down. 8vo.• Entirely unrecorded Anglo-Jewish Prayer Book.London, L. Alexander, 1812.

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Description: Boker Yizrach...Seder LeBirkath Chamah...The Prayers and Blessings to be Said on Wednesday Morning Next...On the Celebration of the 200th Cicle [sic] of the Revolution of the Sun from the Creation of the World. Printed advertisement handbill announcing the sale of a prayer pamphlet "required to be said by all classes of the Jewish Community." Single printed page. 8vo.• AN EXTREMELY RARE ITEM OF EPHEMERA. UNRECORDED. An advertisement for the sale of a Birkath HaChamah pamphlet issued by Chief Rabbi Raphael Meldola of London. The ten page pamphlet itself is also highly rare scarce (just one copy recorded in a private collection.)The exotic Birkath HaChamah ceremony is conducted just once every 28 years. It takes place on a Wednesday during the Hebrew month of Nissan, as the sun was set into motion in the firmament on the fourth day after creation of the world (Genesis 1: 16-19.) According to the Talmud (Berachoth 59b) at this time, the sun returns to its original position when the world was first created.London, L. Alexander, April 2nd, (1813).

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Lot 46: (ANGLO-JUDAICA).

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Description: Horowitz, Chaim (Hyman). Kinath Yesurun [a lamentation on the death of Princess Charlotte.] Single printed page. Hebrew text within ornamental border. 13 x 8 inches. This version unrecorded.• This Hebrew poem of twelve verses is entirely unrecorded. A dirge on the pain of the Royal Family and the entire nation upon the untimely death of the Princess.Roth in Magna Bibliotheca Anglo Judaica p. 341 no 9 and Kiryat Sepher Vol. 14 p. 383 no. 12, followed by Vinograd London 213, all list a poem by this author issued with an English translation only.Daughter of King George IV, Princess Charlotte of Wales (b. 1796) died following childbirth at the age of 21. Her death set off tremendous mourning among the British, who had seen her as a sign of hope and a contrast both to her unpopular father and to her grandfather (George III) whom they deemed mad.(London), H. Barnett, (1817).

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Lot 47: (ANGLO-JUDAICA).

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Description: Chaim Bermant. Lord Jakobovits. The Authorized Biography of the Chief Rabbi. First edition. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY BOTH BERMANT AND JAKOBOVITS. pp. ix, 226. Original boards, dust-jacket. 4to.• With: Invitation to literary reception to mark the publication of the book.London, 1990.

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Lot 48: (ANGLO-JUDAICA).

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Description: The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.Including: An Act to Provide for the Relief of Her Majesty's Subjects Professing the Jewish Religion. 21 & 22 Vic., cap. 49 (pp. 151-2). pp. xxiii, 741. Browned. Later boards. Thick 4to.• Empowers Parliament to modify the form of oath, so as to enable a Jew to sit and vote. It was necessary to substitute an alternative version of the long-standing Parliamentary oath which would omit the phrase "upon the true Faith of a Christian."It was this Act of Parliament during the reign of Queen Victoria that finally enabled Lord Lionel Rothschild to take his seat in the British Parliament, the first Jew to be privileged thus. See T.M. Endelman, The Jews of Britain 1650 to 2000 (2000), p. 107.London, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1858.

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Lot 49: AMRAM, NATHAN BEN CHAIM.

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Description: Kinyan Guf VeKinyan Peiroth [encyclopedic work pertaining to Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat] FIRST EDITION. Printed on green tinted paper. Stamp on the title stating the volume was presented by the author of blessed memory. ff. (1), 19, (4), 613, (1). Small marginal tear on f. 613 not affecting text, slight marginal worming on a few leaves. Contemporary calf, rubbed. Thick 12mo. Vinograd, Livorno 789.• The author (1805-70) published over twenty works on a variety subjects. He also served as a "Shadar" from Hebron and visited many countries seeking charitable funds including Italy (where he published many of his works), France, England and Turkey. In his later years he served as Rabbi of Alexandria, Egypt.Livorno, E. M. Otolinghi, 1830.

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Lot 50: (AMSTERDAM).

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Description: Hanhagoth Beith HaKnesseth [customs of the Aschkenazic synagogue of Amsterdam] In Judeo-German and Hebrew. ff. 12. Needs rebinding. 8vo. Vinograd, Amsterdam 2052.Amsterdam, Jacob Proops, 1776.

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