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Auction Description for Kestenbaum & Company: Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Ceremonial & Graphic Art
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Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Ceremonial & Graphic Art

by Kestenbaum & Company


471 lots | 320 with images

March 12, 2014

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242 West 30th Street, 12th floor

New York, NY, 10001 USA

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ABRAMSKY, YECHEZKEL.

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Description: Tosefta Chazon Yechezkel Masechet Chulin [commentary on Tosefta Tractate Chulin] FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy with inscription by the author on title-page to his uncle, Rabbi Joseph Konvitz, President of Agudath Harabanim. Plus lengthy marginal notes on ff. 40b-41a in the hand of the author. ff. (2), 42. Original boards. Sm. folio.• Rabbi Abramsky (1886-1976) served as Chief Rabbi of Slutzk and head of the London Beth Din. Following his retirement he settled in Jerusalem. While living there he also served as a Rosh Yeshiva of Slabodka Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. The recipient Rabbi Konvitz (1878-1944), served as a Rabbi in Safed and later emigrated to the United States.Jerusalem, Hasepher, 1938.

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Description: Farissol, Abraham. Igereth Orchoth Olam / Itinera Mundi. Translated and annotated by Thomas Hyde. FIRST LATIN EDITION. Hebrew original and Latin translation face `a face. pp. (1 blank), (16), 196. [Vinograd, Oxford 4; Wing F-438].* BOUND WITH: Tractatus Alberti Bobovii [Muslim Liturgy and Religious Practices]. Annotated by the Editor Thomas Hyde. Text in Latin and Osmanli (Turkish in Arabic characters). pp. (4), 31, (1 blank). Two works bound in one volume. Very lightly browned. Contemporary vellum-backed marbled boards. Housed in modern solander box. 4to.• The Igereth Orchoth Olam is a pioneering work on geography. First published in Ferrara in 1524, it is the first Hebrew book to contain a description of America (chap. 29). Besides its rudimentary description of the "Eretz Chadasha" (The New World), the book also contains a valuable reference to the enigmatic David Reubeni (chap. 14). See D. Ruderman, The World of a Renaissance Jew: The Life and Thought of Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol (1981).Oxford, Sheldon Theatre, 1691 and 1690.

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Description: Machzor...Yamim Noraim [prayer service for the Days of Awe]. Two volumes ff. 143 and ff. 144-288. * Seder Tephilath LeMo'adim [Sukoth prayers]. ff. 168. According to Sephardic rite. Together three volumes. Two engraved frontispieces. Volume for Yom Kippur with penciled instructions.Each volume signed in several places by Abraham Seixas , and dated March 20th, 1808. Browned and stained, few leaves loose. Contemporary calf, rubbed and worn, covers detached. 8vo.• New York born Abraham Seixas (1786-1834) was one of the 21 children of Isaac Mendes Seixas, one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange. Another one of the children was Gershom Mendes Seixas, hazan of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue, New York City.Amsterdam, Abraham Athias, 1728.

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Description: (Moses Lopez). A Lunar Calendar, of the Festivals and Other Days in the Year Observed by the Israelites...The whole of which having been carefully examined and corrected its utility has obtained the voluntary acknowledgment and approbation of Rev. Mr. Seixas, the respectable hazan of the K.K. Shearith Israel in New York. pp. (132). Ex-library, lightly browned. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, heavily rubbed, boards detached. 12mo. Singerman 163.• First Jewish Calendar printed in America. Examined and corrected by Hazan Gershom Mendes Seixas. Only the second book printed for American Jews. Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the minister of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York from 1768 to 1776 and again from 1784 to 1816. He was the first native-born Jewish minister in the United States. Aside from two published sermons, this calendar is his only work produced for the American Jewish Community.Among the supplementary material here is a table for determining "the Hour to commence the Sabbath, in the City of New-York," which "may, with a small variation, answer well for all the Northern States of America." Also included is a table listing the Torah and Haftarah readings for the Sabbaths and Festivals.See M. Satlow, Two Copies of a Printed Early American Jewish Calendar in Providence, in: Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes, Vol. 15, no. 3 (November 2009) pp. 416-25.Newport, Printed at the Office of the Newport Mercury, 1806.

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Description: The Revised Code of the Laws of Virginia.Includes: "It shall and may be lawful for the people called Quakers and for Jews and persons of all religious persuasions and denominations to solemnize their own marriages in the manner, and agreeably to the regulations that have heretofore been practiced in their respective societies." (Vol. I p. 396). Two volumes. Pencil marginalia (and doodles) in places. pp. 634, 771. Foxed. Contemporary calf, rubbed. 4to.Richmond, Thomas Ritchie, 1819.

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Description: Laws of the State of New York.Includes: "An Act to incorporate the Society for the Education of Poor Children, and relief of indigent persons of the Jewish persuasion in the city of New York. (Vol. I pp. 154-5). Two volumes. Uncut and unopened. pp. Ex-library, Foxed. Original publisher's boards, worn. 4to.• Mordecai M. Noah being one of the charter members listed.Albany, E. Croswell, 1831-32.

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Description: Chinuch Dath HaMashiach - Catechesis Religiones Christianae Brevior Hebraice. Translated into Hebrew by William Seaman. This edition edited by Timothy Alden. Introduction in Latin, text entirely in Hebrew. pp. 36. Original printed wrappers. 16mo. Rosenbach 219; Goldman, 1061.• The first book published in America the text of which is entirely in Hebrew.@Philadelphia, W. Fry, 1821.

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Description: Laws of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania.Includes (pp. 174-5): "An Act to enable the Hebrew Congregation known by the name and style of Kaal Kadosh Mickve Israel of the city of Philadelphia, to lease on ground rent a lot ground in the city of Philadelphia belonging to said Congregation, and the relief of the Longanian library." * AND: (pp. 369-70): "An Act to authorize certain alterations in the charter of the United Hebrew Beneficient Society of Philadelphia." With extensive marginalia throughout. pp. xviii, 649, 53. Later boards, broken, needs rebinding. 4to.Harrisburg, Henry Welsh, 1832.

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Description: A Biblical and Theological Dictionary: Explanatory of the History, Manners, and Customs of the Jews and Neighbouring Nations. FIRST EDITION . Five foldout maps. pp. (4), 1003. Browned, few stains. Contemporary tree-calf, rubbed and worn. Thick 4to.New York, J. Collard, 1832.

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Description: Longworth's American Almanac, New York Register and City Directory. Containing an almanac for the sixtieth year of American independence; a list of all the banks and insurance companies in the city, with the names of their respective officers...also, the names, occupation, and place of residence of all heads of families, firms, and those doing business in this city. Page 739 notes the Jews' Synagogues. pp. 756, 36. Lightly foxed. Original roan-backed printed boards, worn and rubbed. Thick 8vo.• David Longworth published his popular almanac and directory annually from 1796 to 1817, after which publication was assumed by Thomas Longworth and continued into the 1840s.New York, George. P. Scott for Thomas Longworth, 1835.

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Description: The Charleston Book: A Miscellany in Prose and Verse. Includes: Isaac Harby : The Fall of Jerusalem (pp. 46-50); Penina Moise : Miriam (pp. 94-5); Penina Moise: The Convict (pp. 363-70). pp. viii, 404. Lightly foxed. Original gilt-tooled boards, rubbed. 8vo.• The first Jew to publish a book of poetry in the United States - a woman - Penina Moise (1797-1880) was one of the most prolific and creative writers of poetry on Jewish themes in America. She was also superintendent of the first Jewish religious school in Charleston and many of her poems and songs focused upon Jewish history and heritage in order to encourage a sense of pride in the Jewish faith of her school-children.Teacher, playwright, literary critic and newspaper editor, Isaac Harby (1788-1828) was an early advocate of reforms in Judaism in Charleston, South Carolina.Charleston, Samuel Hart, 1845.

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Description: (Johann Heinrich Campe). Columbus - Sepher Metzi'ath Eretz America [on the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus] ff. 50. Stained, whitener. Unbound. 8vo. Vinograd, Lemberg 777.• Children's history of the discovery of the New World translated into Hebrew by the Maskil Abraham Menachem Mendel Mohr (1815-68) - see EJ, Vol. XII cols. 219-20. Speculation about Columbus's Jewish roots began in 1492 and has never been completely dispelled. Though Campe's work does not openly argue that Columbus was of Jewish descent, the persistent interest of Jews in the mere possibility, made the Hebrew-reading public eager for new material on the man who discovered America. Campe's popular history was first published as Die Entdeckung von Amerika (1780-82) and translated into most European languages.Lemberg, Madam Chava Grossman, 1846.

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Description: Luach 5613 - [Almanac for 1852-53]. Text in English and Hebrew. With ads for Jewish books and ritual needs. pp. 28. Original printed wrappers, loose, lightly stained. 24mo. Bibliographically unknown.• Jewish calendar for 1853 printed in New York and sold by two Judaica and book-dealers located on the Lower East Side of New York City, C. Nusssbaum of Rivington Street and N. Ottinger of Division Street.Entirely unrecorded.@New York, J.M. Jackson, 1852.

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Description: Rebekah Hyneman. The Leper, and Other Poems. FIRST EDITION pp. 216. Ex-library, worn and stained. Original boards, scuffed and worn. 8vo. Singerman 1280• Rebekah Hyneman was born in Philadelphia in 1816 to a Jewish father, Abraham Gumpertz and a Christian mother. Her marriage in 1835 to Jewish businessman Benjamin Hyneman intensified her feelings about Judaism. Her husband disappeared on a business trip in Texas after only five years of marriage, yet for the rest of her life Rebekah remained committed to "the faith of [her] adoption." In 1845, Rebekah and her two sons, Elias Leon and Samuel, were formally converted to Judaism under the aegis of Rev. Isaac Leeser of Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia. Following her conversion, Rebekah regularly contributed religious poetry to Leeser's landmark journal, The Occident, often promoting ideals of Jewish women's behavior. Her devotion to Judaism is evident in much of her writing. "The Chosen," for example, published in The Leper, articulates concern for Jews who forsake Judaism because of "temptations" and an "oppressor's hand."Philadelphia, Mirror and Keystone Press, 1853.

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Description: Simon Tuska. The Stranger in the Synagogue. Or The Rites and Ceremonies of the Jewish Worship, Described and Explained. pp. 52. Ex-library, lightly foxed. Original boards, upper cover and title loose. 12mo. Singerman 1363.• The Hungarian-born author (1835-1871) was son of the Rabbi Mordecai Tuska of Rochester, New York. After two years of U.S. schooling young Tuska was awarded one of the first scholarships to the University of Rochester. Although he specialized in Greek and Latin, his chief interest was Judaism and while still a student wrote the present work to explain Jewish rites and ceremonies to both his Christian colleagues and the Jewish public. He was warmly praised by Isaac Mayer Wise, but his critique of Talmudic law drew the censure of Isaac Leeser. See A.J. Karp, Simon Tuska's The Stranger in the Synagogue, in: Univesity of Rochester Library Bulletion, Vol. XIV, no. 1 (1958).Rochester, E. Darrow & Brother, 1854.

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Description: Isaac M. Wise. History of the Israelitish Nation. Vol. I [all published] Inscribed and Signed by Wise on opening blank: "Presented to General Cary by Isaac M. Wise, with his compliments." pp. xxiv, 560. Foxed, tear on opening blank. Original boards, rubbed, top of spine chipped. Thick 8vo. Singerman 1364.• Isaac M. Wise's first published book, comprises the history of the Jewish people from Abraham to Solomon. It was widely attacked by the Orthodox for having strayed from the traditional conception and depiction of the biblical period in Jewish history.This copy was presented to Samuel Fenton Cary (1814-1900) who was a congressman, temperance movement leader and nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 1876 election.Albany, J. Munsell, 1854.

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Description: Isaac Mayer Wise. The Combat of the People: Or Hillel and Herod. A Historical Romance of the Times of Herod I. FIRST EDITION. pp. 151. Foxed. Modern calf. 8vo. Singerman 1607.• An historical novel by America's most eminent leader of Reform Judaism. Scholar and founder of the Hebrew Union College, Isaac M. Wise here gives a Jewish perspective to a field so far dominated by Christian writers.Wise writes in his memoirs: "[This] novel was read more widely than anything had ever been read in American Jewish circles..."Cincinnati, Bloch & Co., Office of The Israelite, 1859.

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Description: Isaac Mayer Wise. The First of the Maccabees. First edition. Opening blank and title-page signed by Abraham Ephraim Frankland. pp. 180. Foxed. Modern calf. 8vo. Singerman 1697.• Rare edition that Singerman records in only one copy. A later undated edition with a subtitle "A Historical Novel" is more common.Abraham Ephraim Frankland (1831-95) was a prominent British-born merchant and civic-leader based in Memphis, Tennessee. A confederate sympathizer during the Civil War, he was appointed by Isaac M. Wise as director of the International Order of B'nai Brith for the Southern States.Cincinnati, Bloch & Co., Office of The Israelite, 1860.

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Description: Nathan Mayer, M.D. The Last of the Asmoneans. FIRST EDITION. pp. 113. Foxed. Modern boards. 8vo.• Rare first edition. Entirely unknown to Singerman.This novel is set back in ancient Judea during the reign of murderous King Herod, who usurped the Hasmonean dynasty.Isaac Mayer Wise writes in his "The World of My Books" that it was only after the appearance of the literary skills of Nathan Mayer that the rabbi felt he no longer needed to present to the public Jewish fiction in English: "I had entered the world of new books only out of dire need. And I had to keep writing novels until I was relieved by Dr. Nathan Mayer..." (see pp. 20-21).Cincinnati, Bloch & Co., Office of The Israelite, 1859.

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Description: Gebetbuch fur israelitische Reform-Gemeinde. Prepared by David Einhorn for the Har Sinai Gemeinde, Baltimore. German and Hebrew text. pp. 64, (2). Lightly browned. Later wrappers. 16mo. Goldman 42; Singerman 1433.• The first Siddur in German published in America. David Einhorn (1809-79) was chosen in 1855 as the first rabbi of the Har Sinai Congregation in Baltimore, the oldest congregation in the United States that has been affiliated with the Reform movement since its inception. A year after he arrived in Baltimore, he created this early American prayer book for his congregation, containing the morning prayers for Sabbath and Festivals. The text was incorporated two years later into his "Olath Tamid" a more comprehensive prayer-book for general circulation - the first that radically deviated from the traditional liturgy and was the largest single influence on the Union Prayer-Book of 1892, the foundation under which the mass of American Jews worship."It was in America, and not in Europe, that the serious attempt was first made to strike a balance with the old and the new. David Einhorn's prayerbook, 'Olath Tamid' (Baltimore, 1856 and 1858), was the first ritual to combine the old and the new in about equal proportions and it was followed in this by the American Union Prayer Book." See J. Petuchowski, Prayerbook Reform in Europe (1968) p. 308.New York, Henry Frank, 1856.

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Description: Nathan Mayer, M.D. The Fatal Secret; or, Plots and Counterplots. A Novel of the Sixteenth Century, Founded on Facts. FIRST EDITION. pp. 176. Foxed. Modern boards. 8vo. Singerman 1538.• Rare first edition. Singerman records just one copy."Set in 16th-century Portugal during the Inquisition...this swashbuckling melodrama tells the story how the last Portuguese Jews were saved from forced conversion and escaped to Amsterdam, the portal to the New World, becoming in effect, the ancestors of the very first American Jews." See J. Chametzky (ed.) Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology (2000) pp. 94-9.Nathan Mayer (1838-1912), one of the first American-Jewish novelists came to America from Alsace in 1849 with his father, a rabbi and advocate of Conservative Judaism. Mayer later trained as a doctor and served a surgeon in Connecticut's Sixteenth Infantry before he was captured by the Confederates. After the war he settled in Hartford, Conn. where he wrote and practiced medicine.Cincinnati, Bloch & Co., Office of The Israelite, 1859.

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Description: Hospital for Israelites in Philadelphia - Spital für Israeliten in Philadelphia. Parallel English and German texts. pp. (4). Small tear at top, remargined. Housed in modern morocco. 8vo. Singerman 1818 (records just one leaf folded, the present copy has two leaves).• B'nai B'rith District Grand Lodge No. 3 announces the establishment of a Provisional Hospital Committee for the purposes of building a Jewish Hospital in Philadelphia. "Whereas, a Jewish Hospital has been found to be a necessity in the cities of New York and Cincinnati... Within the last six months three Israelites of this city have died in Christian hospitals without having enjoyed the privilege of hearing the Shema Yisrael... Whereas, it reflects the greatest discredit on so large a Jewish population as that of Philadelphia, to force friendless brothers to seek, in sickness and the prospect of death, the shelter of un-Jewish hospitals, to eat forbidden food, to be dissected after death and sometimes even to be buried with the stranger... Resolved, that the District Grand Lodge take immediate steps...for the purpose of founding a Jewish Hospital."Chairman of the Committee is M. Thalheimer and vice-chairman is Isaac Leeser.Philadelphia, August 18th, 1864.

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Description: Rules of Proceeding at the Decease of a Member and the Subsequent Attendance, Taharoh, Ulvishoh, Together with the Usual Prayers. Adopted by the Mutual Benefit and Burial Society of the City of New York, November 23d, 5625, 1864. English with much use of Hebrew. Publisher's printed overslip on page 4. pp. 9. Contemporary wrappers. 12mo.• Unknown, unrecorded. No record of this Society located.@New York, The Jewish Messenger, 1865.

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Description: Address on the Life and Services of the Rev. Isaac Leeser, Pronounced by Simon Wolf, Under the auspices of Elijah Lodge No 50, IOBB at the Synagogue, Washington, D.C. pp. 13. Ex-library. Unbound. 8vo. Singerman 2110.• "Isaac Leeser was no ordinary man..." Strategically placed in the Nation's Capital, Simon Wolf (1836-1923) was a most influential Jewish leader of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Active in Jewish charitable and educational movements he made friendships with Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson.Washington, D.C, Philp & Solomons, 1868.

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Description: Paul Zunz. The Crisis: A Celebrated Case at Manhattan Beach. First Direct Answer and Challenge to Corbin. War on Messrs. Corbin, Hilton & Co. and the New York Herald. Frontispiece illustration of Liberty Bell, composed entirely of the text of the Declaration of Independence. pp. 45. Original printed wrappers. Tall 8vo.• The owners of the Manhattan Beach resort, Austin Corbin and Judge Henry Hilton founded the American Society for the Suppression of the Jews. The present tract is an attack against their attempts to ban Jews from the newly developing summer colony of Coney Island, New York.New York, Jesse Haney, 1879.

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Description: Gustav Gottheil. A Summary of the Jewish Faith. To be Used at the Confirmation of Children. The Jewish Festivals. FIRST EDITION. pp. 26. Original gilt-tooled boards, all edges gilt. 12mo. Singerman 2856 (locating a single copy only).• Gustav Gottheil (1827-1903) was a Prussian-born American rabbi whose sympathies and interests were broadly universalist. Appointed senior rabbi of New York City's Temple Emanu-El in 1875, he grew to become one of the most influential, well-known and controversial Reform Jewish leaders of his time.New York, Stettiner, Lambert & Co., (188-).

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Description: Proceedings of the First General Convention and Preamble, Constitution and By-Laws of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. pp. 27. Original printed wrappers. Upper corner of front cover and title-page torn, light wear at edges. 8vo.• the first publication of the american union for reform judaism, the oldest american federation of jewish congregations. Today's Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) was formerly known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), an organization supporting Reform Jewish congregations in North America.The origins of the URJ began with the founding of the UAHC by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise in 1873 and was based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2003, the UAHC was officially renamed the Union for Reform Judaism by the General Assembly at the organization's Biennial Convention. The former name was dropped because it reflected Wise's unrealized expectation that the whole of American Jewry would eventually affiliate with the Reform movement.Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of Reform Judaism in North America, was a native of Bohemia who came to the United States in 1846. As the rabbi of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, NY, he introduced many reforms in worship services, such as the seating of men and women together and choral singing. These changes were not universally welcome, leading to his dismissal on Rosh HaShanah in 1850. Four years later Rabbi Wise went to Cincinnati's congregation Beth Eichim, where he was to remain for the rest of his life.In 1873 representatives of 34 congregations from 13 Midwestern and Southern states gathered in Cincinnati to found the Union of American Hebrew Congregations with one major purpose: To establish a seminary where American rabbis could be trained for American congregations. By 1875 membership of the Union had grown to 72 congregations, including the "radical" congregations from the East Coast as well as moderate ones (that would later break off to join the Conservative movement). It was that year that the Hebrew Union College was founded.The present pamphlet is the highly scarce first publication to bear the name "Union of American Hebrew Congregations." It documents the founding of the governing body of American Reform Judaism, its' constitution and the by-laws adopted.Unrecorded by Singerman, no copy located in Worldcat. Remarkably, not even The Hebrew Union College itself possesses a copy.Cincinnati, Bloch & Co, 1873.

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Description: First Commencement of the Hebrew Union College, Wednesday, July 11th, ... at the Plum Street Temple, Cincinnati. pp. (3). Unbound. 8vo. Not in Worldcat.• Program for the first graduating rabbinical class of the Hebrew Union College. Of exceptional rarity, unrecorded by Singerman. Hebrew Union College was founded in 1875 with Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise as its first president. Eight years later it celebrated the graduation of its first class of four American‑trained rabbis. In a moment of high symbolism, the lavish banquet commemorating the rabbinic ordination of these graduates featured a variety of non-kosher foods and became known as "the Trefa Banquet" - from which several traditional rabbis in attendance left in horror. This shattered Rabbi Wise's dream that all Jews in the United States would be unite as the "Union of American Hebrew Congregations."In the ensuing, contentious atmosphere, the Radical Reform wing of the movement passed its 1885 Pittsburgh Platform, dismissing biblical and rabbinic rituals regulating diet and dress as anachronisms. In response, moderate rabbis and scholars, principally Sabato Morais, Alexander Kohut and Cyrus Adler, called for the establishment of a new rabbinical seminary, more hospitable to traditional Judaism. By January 1887, the Jewish Theological Seminary Association opened in New York City, with the mandate to preserve "the knowledge and practice of historical Judaism."See John Appel, The Trefa Banquet, Commentary, Feb. 1966.Cincinnati, Bloch & Co., 1883.

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Description: Harriet Beecher Stowe. Di shḳlaṿeray, oder, Di laybegenshafṭ (Podansṭṿo) ["Uncle Tom's Cabin"] FIRST EDITION IN YIDDISH. Translated by Isaac Meir Dick. Two volumes. The George Alexander Kohut copy, with his notes on front pastedown. pp. 88; (3), 92-184. Browned. Contemporary marbled boards, detached. 12mo.• Yiddish version of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Very Rare. No copies in the United States. In her article "Uncle Tom's Cabin Judaized: I. M. Dick's Yiddish Adaptation of Mrs. Stowe's Masterpiece," in: New Era Magazine Vol. 6, December 1904 (New York) pp. 147-51, Bertha Wiernik writes: "In order to overcome the lack of sympathy that exists between Jew and Gentile, the Yiddish writer has often found it necessary to take more liberties than those which belong to a translator and to adapt the chosen books to the taste and prejudices of his readers. The favorite method has been to change the Gentile characters of stories into Jews and wherever possible to convert the dramatis personae of fiction to Judaism"(p. 147). The author cites the Yiddish translation of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Isaac Myer Dick, "who until his death in 1893 was one of the most prolific and popular of Yiddish novelists," as an example. She goes on to explain how "Mr. Dick has calmly Judaized the leading characters of Mrs. Stowe's famous story leaving a few Christians to serve mainly as foils to Jewish virtues"(p. 147). "In the conclusion of the book, Mr. Dick took matters entirely into his own hands - he made it up out of whole cloth"(p. 151). Dick ends the book saying that almost all the servants of Shelby's plantations who were freed left for Canada, converted to Judaism and established a congregation - with Uncle Tom leading as synagogue president.Vilna, Romm, 1868.

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Description: Shlomo Zalman Yaakov Friederman. Sepher Emeth Ve'emunah - Truth and Faith [anti-Reform polemic] Hebrew text with additional title-page in English. pp. (1), 90, (1). Ex-library, worn. Original printed wrappers, detached and housed in later boards, rubbed. 8vo. Goldman, 1107.New York, A. H. Rosenberg, 1895.

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Lot 31: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: Abraham Jacob Gershon Lesser. Be'Achrith HaYamim - In the Last Days. A Dialogue Between Father and Son Concerning the Hope of Israel. FIRST EDITION. Text in Hebrew and English, translated by H. Eliassof. pp. 10, 37 + xiii, 61. Browned. Original printed wrappers, loose in later boards. Sm. 4to. Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America no. 943.• Based upon traditional Jewish sources, this Zionist treatise was written at the behest of the American Christian Zionist William E. Blackstone and intended for presentation to the President of the United States.Born in Mir in whose famed yeshiva he studied, Abraham Jacob Gershon Lesser (1834-1925) was one of America's great early rabbis following his arrival in 1880. See Abraham Jacob Gershon Lesser by J. Isaacs, in L. Jung (Ed.) Guardians of Our Heritage; and S.N. Gottlieb, Oholei Shem, p. 309.Chicago, N. Gonsior, 1897.

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Lot 32: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: William Eugene Blackstone. Yerushalayim. Text in Hebrew. pp. 3-22. Unbound. 12mo.• UNICUM. Singerman (5133) makes note of this publication by way of an article - however no copies recorded of this important American pamphlet urging for the restoration of the Jews to the Land of Israel. New York born William Eugene Blackstone (1841-1935) was an evangelical Christian and leader of the American Christian Zionist Movement. The author of the proto-Zionist Blackstone Memorial of 1891, he ministered across the United States with increasing fervor in support of Jewish Restorationism.In the present pamphlet Blackstone seeks to convince the Jews that the time has come for their return to the land of Israel. Initially focusing on the Restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land as a prelude to their conversion to Christianity, Blackstone increasingly became concerned with deadly Russian government-instigated pogroms and thus all the more, believed in the urgent necessity to create a Jewish homeland in Israel.Blackstone's activities presaged and paralleled the later ideas of Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism. Indeed Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, President of the American Zionist movement, viewed Blackstone as the Father of Modern Zionism.(Oak Park, Ill., 1897).

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Description: Solomon Schechter. Inaugural Address...as President of the Faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Delivered November 20, 1902. pp. 35. Original printed wrappers. 4to.• Solomon Schechter (1847-1915) was the primary architect of the American movement of Conservative Judaism. Arriving in New York after an illustrious career at Cambridge University, his presidency revitalized the Jewish Theological Seminary and it became famed for the quality of the scholars he recruited to serve on the Seminary's faculty.Over a thousand attended Schechter's large installation ceremony and his inaugural address made an overwhelming impression as the centerpiece of the day. Invoking Abraham Lincoln on the one hand and Maimonides and other great Jewish sages on the other, he called for the Seminary to foster an expression of American Judaism that was both truly American and truly Jewish.New York, (S.S. Rosen), 1903.

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Lot 34: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: Tzvi Shimon Album. Divrei Emeth [polemic]. FIRST EDITION. Together, two volumes. Second volume inscribed and signed by the author on the title-page. pp. 87 and pp. 82, 28. Original boards, some wear. 4to. Goldman, 1129.• Concerns the bitter polemic between the author and R. Jacob David Wilovsky (the Ridva"z) over the seemingly lax state of Kosher supervision in Chicago. The present work is Rabbi Album's defense, especially against the Ridva"z's personal attacks recorded in his earlier work Nimukei Ridva"z in which he questioned R. Album's rabbinic credentials. In Volume II he continues his attack suggesting that the Ridva"z was certifying non-Kosher wine as fit for Passover and supervising a bakery that was open on the Sabbath. It also includes an expanded version of his Mecha'eh Geluyah (see Goldman no. 1142).Chicago, L. Meites, 1904 and 1912.

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Lot 35: (AMERICAN JUDAICA)

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Description: (Moses Goldman). The Hebrew Album of Prominent Israelites of America FIRST EDITION. Text in Hebrew and English ff. (2), pp. 3-24, 15. Ex-library. Original boards, rubbed. 4to. Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America 1132.• Biographies of 80 individuals prominent in American-Jewish life. Each accompanied by caption portrait photographNew York, n.p., 1904.

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Lot 36: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: Saul Gedaliah Harkavy. Vehu Sha'ul - Di Gelihene Hok. FIRST EDITION. Text in Hebrew and Yiddish. With supplement "Der Zeiger" - concerning the Rabbis of America who incessantly argue with each other. pp. 111. Few edges chipped. Contemporary wrappers. 4to. Goldman, 1148.• An anti-assimilationist polemic, written in the form of a running commentary to the Song of Song by a Mir and Volozhin-educated immigrant to Nashua, NH. The author holds up absolutely no hope for a Jewish future in America - only in the Land of Israel can Judaism be certain. "Having dwelt in this land (of America) for a number of years and having seen the disgraceful behavior of my people...I can no longer restrain myself and must make public what weighs so heavily on my heart."Boston, J.J. Schur, (1911).

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Lot 37: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: (Grand Rabbi Pinchas Dovid Horowitz of Boston). Printed Wedding Invitation, issued for his daughter Frieda Gitel, to be wed to R. Yoseph Shmelke Brandwein (an "ilui" and descendant from the Stretiner Chassidic dynasty). Text in Hebrew and Yiddish. With an illustration entitled "Ceremony" showing the ring being placed on the finger of the bride (unusual for a Chassidic wedding invitation). Address panel (to Jerusalem) on verso. Two pages. Taped along folds on verso. 8vo.• LIKELY THE EARLIEST CHASSIDIC WEDDING IN AMERICA. Rabbi Pinchas Dovid Horowitz (1876-1941) was the founder of the Boston Chassidic dynasty, one of the first Chassidic courts in the United States. Born in Jerusalem, he settled in Boston in 1915 and was the first Chassidic Rebbe to use an American city in his title. Subsequently the Bostoner Rebbe grew to become a dynamic force throughout New England and a vocal spokesperson across America for the traditional Chassidic way of life. In 1939 he relocated his congregation to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, remaining there until his death. His successors were his sons, Rabbi Moshe Horowitz, the Bostoner Rebbe of New York, and Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz, the Bostoner Rebbe of Boston and Har Nof, Jerusalem.Boston, 21st January, 1920.

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Lot 38: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: Zichron Rabbi Samuel Salant, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem for Seventy Years. Compiled by his grandson, Rabbi Nathan N. Salant. Text in English and Yiddish. Photographic illustrations. pp. (3), 141, (8), 6. Stained. Original printed wrappers loose in boards, worn. 8vo. Goldman 553.New York, Horowitz Bros, 1920.

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Lot 39: (AMERICAN JUDAICA).

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Description: Y. Lechter. In Land fun Rasen - Diskriminatziya [on racism in America] Yiddish text. pp. 93, (1). Ex-library. Original pictorial wrappers by Izak Rejzman. 8vo.Warsaw, Yidddish Buch Verlag, 1953.

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Lot 40: (ANGLO-AMERICAN JUDAICA)

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Description: Gal'ed - The Hebrew Review and Magazine of Rabbinical Literature. Edited by MORRIS J. RAPHALL. Volumes I-III. Numbers 1-78 (all published), here bound complete in two volumes. Text in English with extensive use of Hebrew. Vol. I: pp. 420. * Vol. II: pp. 416. * Vol. III: pp. 420. Boards. 8vo.• THE FIRST RABBINICAL PERIODICAL PUBLISHED IN ENGLAND. Morris J. Raphall was an active and prolific writer and orator both in his native England and later, in the United States. As well as editing Gal'ed, the first rabbinical periodical in England, he wrote the first English translation of parts of the Mishna with David Aaron de Sola. When he emigrated to the United States in 1849, he became rabbi of Congregation B'nei Jeshurun in New York. In the prelude to the Civil War years, he encountered particular controversy for his stand against Abolitionism. "Raphall was one of the most celebrated orators in the American rabbinate of his time...(his) sermon (on the merits of slavery) aroused more comment and attention than any other sermon ever delivered by an American Rabbi." See B.W. Korn, American Jewry and the Civil War (1951) pp. 16-20.London, For the Proprietors by Simpkin and Marshall, 1835-6.

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Description: Takanoth de'K.K. Knesseth Yisrael Be'Westminster - Laws of the Western Congregation, St. Alban's Place. pp. 10, 112. Original roan-backed boards with printed paper label on upper cover. 8vo.• The Western Synagogue, one of the first Aschkenazi synagogues in England, was founded in 1761. Whilst adhering to strict Orthodox principles, it was the first London synagogue to preach sermons in English. For some fifty years it occupied the former Sans Souci Theatre ("Charles Dibdin's" Theatre) in Denmark Court, Strand, before moving to St. Alban's Place in 1814. Today it has amalgamated and is known as the The Western Marble Arch Synagogue and is located on Great Cumberland Place.London, Davies, 1833.

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Lot 42: (ANGLO-JUDAICA).

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Description: Beith Tephilah [daily and Sabbath prayers through the year]. According to Sephardic rite. Opening blank with inscription: "To Marcus N. Adler from Sir Moses Montefiore, Bart." With Sir Moses "Think and Thank" crest tipped onto front pastedown. ff. 207, (1). Edges lightly browned, touch frayed (affecting couple of letter of inscription). All edges gilt, contemporary gilt-tooled calf, light wear. 24mo.• A pocket-sized prayer-book printed in Sir Moses Montefiore's birthplace of Livorno, Italy. A fine association item linking two prominent Victorian-era Jews.By profession a mathematician, Marcus Nathan Adler (1837-1911) stemmed from an extraordinarily distinguished rabbinic family. His father was British Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler (1803-90) who in turn was succeeded by his younger son, Rabbi Hermann Adler (1839-1911).Livorno, Moses Josia Tuviana, 1866.

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Lot 43: (ANTISEMITICA).

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Description: Einige curieuse Nachrichten belangend die Weissagungen von dem Wachsthum des hoechstloeblichsten Ertzherzoglichen Hauses Oesterreich, ingleichen die Weissagungen der Tuercken von ihrem Fall, it. Tuercken-bund, Krieg, auch tuerkisch-gesinnten Jueden betreffend. pp. (4), 66, (2). Signature on title, trace foxed. Unbound. Sm. 4to.• Anonymous pamphlet of eight chapters which mainly contain prophecies from different time periods and sources related to the fate of the House of Habsburg and to the Ottoman Empire. The author quotes extensively from chronicles going back to the Middle Ages and explains which prophecies related to the rise of the dynasties have been fulfilled in the course of history. The eighth chapter is of a different nature, it is entitled "Jews similar to Turks are equally wicked enemies of Christians."The author starts the chapter with the remark that the Inquisition had many innocent victims and was thus not adopted in all countries. However, Jews were most rightfully persecuted since they always intended to bring harm to Christians. As a proof he quotes a most likely fictive letter of a Spanish Jew to a Turkish Jew in Constantinople allegedly written shortly around the time of the expulsion of Jews from Spain. The Spanish Jew named "Chamorra, Prince of the Spanish Jews" complains that the Spanish king wants to convert all Jews, that synagogues are being destroyed and Jews persecuted. The Spanish Jew asks the Turkish Jew for advice. The advice of the Turkish Jew, who signed as "Ussus, prince of the Jews in Constantinople," is to accept conversion, but to secretly take revenge - if Christians take Jewish possessions, then Jews should train their sons to become merchants to cheat Christians; if Christians kill Jews, then Jews should let their sons become physicians and pharmacists in order to take the life of Christians; if Christians destroy synagogues, then Jews should let their sons become priests and theologians to destroy and undermine Christian churches; if Christian inflict other hardship on Jews, then Jews should let their sons become lawyers and politicians. The author uses this "proof" to demonstrate that Jews are not trustworthy, even should they convert to another religion.Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1737.

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Lot 44: (ANTISEMITICA).

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Description: Stoll, Otto. Der Frühling und anders..."Gepfeffertes!" Nur fuer natürlich empfindende Menschen. Numerous color illustrations by Heyne. Printed in Sütterlinschrift. pp. (2), 68, (2). Original multicolor pictorial boards, trace dampstained. 4to.• In this Nazi-era satire, we see "Max Isidor," the stereotyped image of the Jew with bulbous nose and swarthy skin, presented as a nouveau riche scoundrel attempting to seduce a guileless fair-haired German maiden (pp. 43-58). The very high production standard of this book belies its vile content.Neudamm & Berlin, J. Neumann, (1940).

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ASHER ANSHEL OF CRACOW.

Lot 45: ASHER ANSHEL OF CRACOW.

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Description: (Attributed to). Sepher shel Rabi Anshel... Mirkeveth Hamishnah Second edition ff. 113. Closely shaved, lightly browned with some staining, previous owners' marks, marginal repair to final two leaves. Later boards. 4to. Vinograd, Cracow 91; Mehlman 1367• An alphabetical concordance and glossary of the Bible, with references and Yiddish translations. The Mirkeveth Hamishnah is the earliest book extant printed in Yiddish. The first edition appeared in Cracow in 1534, this is the second, and final one.Cracow, Isaac Prostitz, 1584.

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Lot 46: ARAMA, MEIR.

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Description: Urim VeTumim. First edition. Previous owner's signature on title "Gur Aryeh Halevy" in an Italian hand. ff. 76. Ex-library. Later boards. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Venice 957• Philosophical commentary to Isaiah and Jeremiah. As appendices, commentaries to Samuel II Chaps. 1 and 23.The previous owner R. Gur Aryeh HaLevy was the author of a commentary on the Shulchan Aruch published in Mantua 1621-23.Venice, Daniel Zanetti, 1603.

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ASCHKENAZI, PESACH.

Lot 47: ASCHKENAZI, PESACH.

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Description: Kemach Pesach [Talmudic novellae especially focusing on the Maharsha] FIRST EDITION. ff. (3), 29, (3). Browned, stained and dampwrinkled, tape repair to verso of title. Later boards. Folio. Vinograd, Koenigsberg 8.• This copy has two more leaves than listed by Vinograd. The introduction is written by the author's son who states that his father passed away before reaching age 50. The author's father was R. Samuel Aschkenazi, author of the responsa Mekom Shmuel (Altona, 1738).The final three leaves contain an additional responsa not published in Mekom Shmuel. The writing of this responsa has an interesting background. R. Samuel Aschkenazi allowed a widow who had given birth after her husband died to remarry within 24 months. When the prospective groom visited the graves of his parents in Hamburg, he mentioned the fact of his forthcoming marriage to the famous Rabbi of Hamburg, R. Jonathan Eybuschuetz. However to his surprise, R. Eybuschuetz emphatically disallowed the marriage to take place within such a shortened time period. When the groom returned to R. Samuel Aschkenazi and told him the opinion of R. Eybuschuetz, then Rabbi Aschkenazi put the reasons for his lenient opinion in writing. When R. Eybuschuetz saw this scholarly responsum, he changed his mind and allowed the widow to remarry as planned.Koenigsberg, Johann Friedrich Drist, 1763.

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Lot 48: ATZBAN, MORDECHAI.

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Description: Zoveach Todah [penitential prayers of confession for various sins] First Edition. Unusual depiction of God's name on title. ff. 41. Previous owners' marks, light wear. Contemporary calf, rubbed. 12mo. Vinograd, Const. 452; Yaari, Const. 339.Constantinople, Yonah Ashkenazi, 1733.

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Description: Parliamentary Paper: Petition of the Members of the Jewish Persuasion Resident in Melbourne. Single page. Parliamentary paper (Victoria-Parliament 1851-52, no. 42). Folio.• The present Petition advocates that State aid to religion should be proportionately dispensed to Jewish religious institutions.Melbourne, capital of the State of Victoria, was founded in 1835. The Melbourne Jewish Community was established in 1841 and in 1847, the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, the city's first synagogue opened. In 1851 the population of Melbourne was only 23,000. The discovery of gold a year later led to a huge influx of people to Victoria, most of them arriving by sea at Melbourne and the town's population doubled within a year.Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printing Office, 1851.

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Description: Parliamentary Paper: Jews. - Fund for Public Worship. Copy of despatch from the Right Honorable the Secretary of State, in reply to a memorial from the members of the Jewish faith to be allowed to participate in the funds appropriated to public worship. Single page. Parliamentary paper (Victoria-Parliament 1855-56, no. A52). Folio.• Members of Victorian Jewry had signed a petition to have the wording of the Act for Public Worship altered, so that it included the word 'Hebrew' as well as the term 'Christian'. This would entitle the Jewish community of Victoria to a share of public funds set aside for religious faiths, and in particular religious education. The Secretary of State writes that the Queen has received the petition and that she deems it a reasonable request, but as yet 'Her Majesty has not been advised to make any Order thereupon. The wishes of the Colony however, should they propose to admit the Jews to participate in the Funds for Public Worship, will receive a favorable attention.' State aid for religion in the Colony of Victoria was a contentious topic in the mid 1850s, with dissenters arguing that is was grossly unfair to tax citizens of other faiths in order to pay for the maintenance of the ascendent Protestant or Catholic Churches. The counter-argument warned of the dangers of becoming a secular state, in which lack of respect for religion would lead to a degeneration of public morals and a decline in social tolerance.Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printing Office, 1856.

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