CATALOG 169: RARE AND UNUSUAL JUDAICA

A Special Catalog

 

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Nr. 17. Addison, Lancelot. THE PRESENT STATE OF THE JEWS... London, 1676.

 

 

 

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    The First Work Published by a Jew in America; the first instance of a Jew defending his faith in English polemical literature.

  1. Levi, David; Priestley, Joseph. LETTERS TO THE JEWS: INVITING THEM TO AN AMICABLE DISCUSSION OF THE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY [ISSUED WITH]: LETTERS TO DR. PRIESTLEY IN ANSWER TO THOSE HE ADDRESSED TO THE JEWS ... BY DAVID LEVI. New York; Printed, For B. Gomez, Bookseller And Stationer, 1794. Original full calf. 12mo. 131, [1] pages. 17 cm. First American edition. Two works in one volume, Singerman 0080 and 0082. First edition of the first book published in the United States by a Jew. The publisher, Benjamin Gomez (1769-1828), apparently also carries the distinction of being the first Jewish bookseller in New York, though 18th-century American commercial records are too spotty to allow for such a designation without some qualification. Letters to the Jews was prepared from the revised second English edition, and collects Priestley's five letters with Levi's two replies-"Of the present dispersion of the Jewish nation" and "Of the divine Mission of Christ compared with that of Moses," and includes a separate title page for Levi's texts. Priestley (1733-1804) is most famous for his discovery of oxygen, and he was active in non-conformist theology and politics as well, standing firmly with the abolitionist and anti-imperial factions in English politics. It is difficult to say how Priestley's Jewish readers received his pleas for ecumenical solidarity; his ideas certainly didn't play too well to his Christian readers. His 1782 History of the Corruptions of Christianity was officially burned in 1785, and in 1791 a Church and King mob sacked his house and burned his library and laboratory. He fled to the United States, where rationalist friends like Thomas Jefferson welcomed him with open arms to a new home in Northumberland Pennsylvania in 1794-the same year the Priestley-Levi volume appeared in the United States. The pro-French Jeffersonians also used him as a propaganda tool, citing his case as an illustration of the anti-democratic depths to which the denizens of Albion had sunk. David Levi's (1740-1799) career was even more eclectic than Priestley's: his parents hoped he would become a rabbi, but their economic circumstances forced them to apprentice him to a shoemaker. He later worked as a hatter before settling at last into the printer's trade. All the while he continued to teach himself Hebrew and write prolifically. His first publication was entitled A Succinct Account of the Rites and Ceremonies of the Jews, in which their Religious Principles and Tenets are Explained, particularly the Doctrines of the Resurrection, Predestination, and Free Will, and the opinion of Dr. Humphrey Prideaux concerning these Tenets refuted (1783). He went on to produce a new translation of the Pentateuch for synagogue use (1787); of the Sephardic liturgy (6 volumes, 1789-93); and the Ashkenzai (1794-96). From 1785-87, he published in weekly parts Lingua Sacra, a Hebrew grammar, complete with a Hebrew-English dictionary and a commentary in English. The finished work ultimately filled three unwieldy volumes on which he had labored, at one point during the process, 16 hours a day. His response to Priestley is the first instance of a Jew defending his faith in English polemical literature. Three years after this work appeared, he answered Thomas Paine's Age of Reason (1797) with his A Defense of the Old Testament (1797). See UJE: 5:50 & JE. Bound in original full calf, gilt title on spine. Subjects: Apologetics - Early works to 1800. Judaism - Controversial literature - Early works to 1800. Judaism - Apologetic works - Early works to 1800. Christianity - Controversial literature - Early works to 1800. Front hinge loose, light foxing throughout, otherwise, fresh and clean. Very good condition. A very special book. (KH-1-24) (ID #32090) $30,000.00.
  2. Many books are labeled as 18th Century American Judaica because of a connection—the author or the publisher; maybe the work is a Christian treatise about Judaism, or a Jewish convert's book on Hebrew grammar...but this is a real deal, an 18th Century American Jewish book, by a practicing Jew, defending Judaism, published by a Jewish publisher in 1700s America.

     

     

     

     

     

  3. [Levy, Uriah P. ] [Sometimes Attributed To Lockwood, John A. ]. AN ESSAY ON FLOGGING IN THE NAVY; CONTAINING STRICTURES UPON EXISTING NAVAL LAWS, AND SUGGESTING SUBSTITUTES FOR THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LASH. New-York, Pudney & Russell, Printers,, 1849. Original Publisher’s printed chocolate wrappers, 8vo. 2, l, 56, 23 pages. 23 cm. 1st edition of Levy’s first book. "This essay appeared in the Democratic review, for August, September, and October. " Sabin 22940. Includes Typed Letter Signed from Alan Degutis of the American Antiquarian Society to former owner Irving Levitas, noting that “authorship…. Is attributed to Levy in…[the] book Navy Maverick: Uriah Phillips Levy (Garden City, N. Y, 1963), where Levy’s efforts to outlaw flogging are discussed (pp. 185-189) . ” SUBJECT(S): Corporal punishment. Naval offenses -- United States. OCLC lists 16 institutions with copies. A bit musty, Light edge- & spine wear. Rare to appear for sale. About Very Good Condition. (KH-1-57) (ID #32123) $4500.00.
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  5. Zola, Émile. THE TRIAL OF EMILE ZOLA: CONTAINING M. ZOLA'S LETTER TO PRESIDENT FAURE RELATING TO THE DREYFUS CASE, AND A FULL REPORT OF THE FIFTEEN DAYS' PROCEEDINGS IN THE ASSIZE COURT OF THE SEINE, INCLUDING TESTIMONY OF WITNESSES AND SPEECHES OF COUNSEL. [INCLUDES FOUR ORIGINAL PERIOD PHOTOGRAPHS AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPING LAID IN]. New York; B. R. Tucker, 1898. Original wraps. 8vo. 355 pages. 20 cm. First edition. First Appearance. Translation in part of ‘Le procès Zola devant la Cour d'Assises de la Seine (7 Fevrier - 23 Fevrier 1898) ’ and of ‘J'accuse’. Contains the first English translation of ‘J'accuse’, a vehement open letter published in a Paris newspaper in January 1898 by the notable writer Émile Zola, calling attention to the military court's framing of Dreyfus and of an attendant cover-up of Esterhazy. The state responded by putting Zola on Trial, wherein he made a major appeal for the release of the framed Captain Dreyfus, a major transcript of which is reproduced here in translation. The publisher Benjamin R. Tucker (1854 –1939) was a proponent of American individualist anarchism in the 19th century, and editor and publisher of the individualist anarchist periodical Liberty. From the collection of Jewish historian Irving Levitas, whose PhD dissertation was on Benjamin Tucker: "The Unterrified Jeffersonian, Benjamin R. Tucker: A Study of Native American Anarchism as Exemplified in His Life and Times. " New York U, 1974. Contains packet of four original period press photographs and newspaper clipping laid in, with original photographs of Emile Zola, his widow, Dreyfus and other officers, and the room where Zola died by asphyxiation from coal gas; all four photographs faded, contain captions and stamp on back, “From the Gilliams Press Syndicate”. Also includes newspaper clipping from center-right French newspaper Gringoire (year 3, no 69; 1931), with lead article (Clemenceau and the Dreyfus Affair) by Georges Saurez, a French writer, who, along with the politics of this newspaper (Gringoire), became prime movers in the extreme right of the mid 1930’s; Saurez served as a pro-nazi Vichy figure, and was the first journalist to be executed during the Épuration légale ("legal purge"), the wave of official trials that followed the Liberation of France and the fall of the Vichy Regime. Subjects: Zola, Émile, 1840-1902 - Trials, litigation, etc. Dreyfus, Alfred, 1859-1935. Procès Zola. 7-23 fevrier 1898. English. Light edge wear to original wraps, near fine. Great condition. Price includes book, clippings, and photos. (KH-1-56) (ID #32122) $1400.00.
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  7. [JEWISH MOBSTERS] FOUR PERIOD PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEWISH MOBSTER HYMIE KAPLAN AND ONE ORIGINAL FINGERPRINT ARREST RECORD OF MOBSTER EDWARD LEVINE, WITH NEWSPAPER CLIPPING CONCERNING HIS DEATH…WITH “TOUGH JEWS (NY, SIMON & SCHUSTER, 1998) .”. 1940-41. Photographs of Hymie Kaplan are originals from several news photographers, with square pencil mark for editing and brush up for printing, photographs contain back page dates (1940-1941), descriptions of details, also includes laid in newspaper clippings with text which photographs were used in; photographs and descriptions of Hymie Kaplan while he was being booked at the Butler St. Police Station, Brooklyn, in November 1940, and three photographs of his courtroom trial at County Court, Brooklyn, on charges of racketeering, in “connection with card sharp ring that has fleeced suckers of $4, 000, 000”, he was sentenced to 20 years of prison. Also includes laid in original Fingerprint sheet from the criminal court of New York City, of Edward Levine, born 1942, includes attached Fingerprint Bureau Arrest Record of Levine, with dates, charges, dispositions, judges presiding, etc. Over the period 1961-1966, wherein Levine served sentences for three of the four occasions, with back page attached FBI arrest record, which notes several further arrests in Miami Beach; also includes laid in later newspaper clipping (undated but probably 1968) announcing that Levine, 28 years old, was shot and killed by an off duty copy, “after he allegedly assaulted the officer with a baseball bat”, “police said that Levine had been arrested nine times, once in 1951 for breaking a cop’s jaw”; Levine’s rap sheet ends with this newspaper clipping. With the book, Tough Jews: “In an L. A. Delicatessen, a group of Brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the Jewish gangsters of yesteryear. Meyer Lansky. Bugsy Siegel. Louis Lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of Murder, Inc. Red Levine, the Orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the Sabbath. Abe ‘Kid Twist’ Reles, who looked like a mama's boy but once buried a rival alive. These are just some of the vibrant, vicious characters Rich Cohen's father reminisced about and the author evokes so pungently in Tough Jews. Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side - and, occasionally, to suites at the Waldorf -Cohen creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money. Filled with fixers and schlammers, the squeal of tires and the rattle of gunfire, his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecaps. ” (Publishers Description) Subjects: Jewish criminals - New York (State) - New York. Crime - New York (State) - New York. Jews - New York (State) - New York - Social conditions. Gangster. Jewish criminals - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Organized crime - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Light wear to jacket, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (SPEC-36-52) (ID #32140) $1000.00.
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  9. Aaron Ben Joseph, The Karaite, Ca.1260-Ca.1320; Johann Ludwig Frey; Johann Saubert; Jacob Judah Aryeh Leon Templo. EXCERPTA NONNULLA EX COMMENTARIO INEDITO R. AHARONIS BEN JOSEPH JUDAEI CARAITAE. VERSIONE LATINÂ & NOTULIS QUIBUSDAM ILLUSTRATA INQUE LUCEM ADITA À JOHANNE LUDOVICO FREY ... PRAEMITTITUR AD LECTOREM BREVIS DISSERTATIO DE AUTHORE EJUSQUE SCRIPTO. [BOUND WITH] CHORBAN BES HAMMIKDASCH. DE DEVASTATIONE HIEROSOLYMÆ ET TEMPLI SANCTISSIMI HISTORIA, A JUDÆIS IPSIS CONCINNATA, UNA CUM HISTORIA DEVASTATIONIS URBIS BETAR ET TUR MALCA, NUNC PRIMUM LATINE RECENSITA. Amstelaedami; Apud Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios / Helmestadii; In Officinâ Johannis Heitmülleri, 1705; 1664. Later Wraps. 8vo. 28; [24] pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Latin and Hebrew. Two works bound together. “Excerpta nonnulla ex commentario inedito R. Aharonis en Joseph, Judæi Caraitæ” consists of selections from the Mibhar, a commentary on the Pentateuch in Hebrew with Latin translation and notes by Johann Ludwig Frey (1682-1759; Basel), a Christian Hebraist. Aaron Ben Joseph, the Karaite was an ”eminent teacher, philosopher, physician, and liturgical poet in Constantinople; born in Sulchat, Crimea, about 1260; died about 1320. He took a prominent part in the regeneration of Karaism by the help of philosophical elements borrowed from Rabbinite literature …he wrote, in 1294, while following the profession of a physician in Constantinople, the work which established his fame and influence despite his Rabbinite proclivities. This work was the ‘Mib? Ar’ (The Choice), a commentary on the Pentateuch, written in the terse, concise, and often obscure style and after the critical method of Ibn Ezra, and this became to the later generation of Karaite teachers a source of instruction in religious philosophy, in exegesis, and in practical theology, that is, the observance of the Law. … Aaron ben Joseph's ‘Mib? Ar’ (existing in Leyden, London, Paris, and elsewhere in manuscript) was published with a commentary by Joseph Solomon ben Moses Yerushalmi, at Koslov, in 1835.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Bound with: “Chorban bes Hammikdasch = De devastatione Hierosolymae et templi sanctissimi historia” a short comprehensive description of Solomon’s Temple and its destruction, translated into Latin by the Christian Hebraist Johann Saubert (1638-88; Helmstädt), originally written by “Jacob Judah Aryeh Leon Templo: Hakam, translator of the Psalms, and heraldic expert; of Marano descent; son of Abraham de Leon; born in 1603 at Hamburg, where he taught Talmud for several years; died after 1675. He became ? Akam in Middelburg and, after 1643, in Amsterdam, where he was engaged also as teacher in the Talmud Torah. He vocalized the entire Mishnah which was printed in 1646 at the establishment of Manasseh ben Israel. Jacob Judah caused a great stir by a plan, drawn by him, of Solomon's Temple, which was exhibited before Charles II. Of England and of which the author published a short, comprehensive description in Spanish entitled ‘Retrato del Templo de Selomoh’ (Middelburg, 1642) . This was translated into Dutch in the same year; into French in 1643; and by himself into Hebrew in 1650, with the title ‘Tabnit Hekal. ’ Duke August of Brunswick, and more particularly his wife Elizabeth, wished a German translation of this description and entrusted the task to Prof. Johann Saubert of Helmstädt. Some one else published such a translation in 1665, and Saubert therefore wrote a Latin translation in that year. An English version appeared in 1778, done by M. P. Decastro, a relative of Templo's, and in whose possession the plan was then held. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Not identical to the 1665 De Templo Hierosolymitano, and possibly an earlier variant. Both items very scarce. Subjects: Bible. O. T. Pentateuch - Commentaries. Aaron ben Joseph, the Karaite. Jacob Judah Aryeh Leon Templo. OCLC lists 7 copies (of Excerpta Nonulla) ; 9 copies (Chorban Bes Hammikdasch) . Pages lightly soiled and lightly foxed, overall very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-34) (ID #32100) $2500.00.
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    JEWS AS AMERICAN INDIANS

     

     

  11. Crawford, Charles. AN ESSAY UPON THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL. Philadelphia; Printed By J. Gales, And Sold By The Booksellers, 1799. Later Cloth. 12mo. 60 pages. 19 cm. First edition. Singerman 0126. “There is a strong argument in favor of the Indians being converted to Christianity, their being descended from the Jews. ” (pg. 16) Also contains repeated references to the missionary activities of the Moravian church. Written by Charles Crawford, an English nobleman who moved to America, he was an early English abolitionist and millenarian. This volume went through an second, enlarged edition 2 years later (in 1801), which is much more common. The first edition, here, is rare to appear for sale. Subjects: Missions - Early works to 1800. Indians of North America - Missions. Indians of North America - Transpacific influences. Lost tribes of Israel. Indians - Origin. OCLC lists 10 copies. Light soiling to first and last page, otherwise fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-21) (ID #32087) $1700.00.
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  13. Simon, Barbara Allan. THE TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL HISTORICALLY IDENTIFIED WITH THE ABORIGINES OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. London; R. B. Seeley And W. Burnside, 1836. Original boards. 8vo. Xl, 370 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Large fold-out frontispiece map labeled “Copied from the Antiquities of Mexico in the British Museum, 1835”. An adapted and expanded version of Simon’s early work titled “Hope of Israel: Presumptive Evidence That the Aborigines of the Western Hemisphere Are Descended from the Ten Missing Tribes of Israel. ” Though this piece had an important impact in certain circles, including early Mormon theologians, a review of Simon’s early piece suggests that her theories may not have been widely accepted. “Mrs. Barbara Anne Simon's ‘Hope of Israel, or Presumptive Evidence that the Aborigines of the Western Hemisphere are descended from the ten missing tribes of Israel, most respectably attest her ingenuity and research; but it is improbable to suppose that America (the Atlanteide of Plato) was not peopled long before the presumed migration, and the proofs of Mrs. Simon's hypothesis are not of sufficient exclusive relation to the subject. ” (Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle, 1829) Subjects: Indians – Origin. Lost tribes of Israel. Light rubbing to extremities of boards, tear to corner of endpage, otherwise very fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-16) (ID #32082) $400.00.
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    Heavily Influenced Joseph Smith’s Writing of “The Book of Mormon”

     

  15. Smith, Ethan. VIEW OF THE HEBREWS; OR, THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL IN AMERICA. Poultney, Vt. ; Smith & Shute, 1825. Full leather. 12mo. X, 285 pages. 19 cm Second edition, improved and enlarged (1st edition was 1823) . Singerman 0431. “Exhibiting Chap. I. The destruction of Jerusalem. Chap. II. The certain restoration of Judah and Israel. Chap. III. The present state of Judah and Israel. Chap. IV. An address of the Prophet Isaiah to the United States relative to their restoration. ” An attempt to identify the lost tribes of Israel with the North American Indians. By Ethan Smith, Pastor of a church in Poultney (Vt. ) . Numerous scholars have identified the significant parallels between ‘View of the Hebrews’ and the ‘Book of Mormon’ (written in 1830) . Bound in original leather, plain design. Subjects: Indians - Origin. Lost tribes of Israel. Jews - Restoration. Light soiling to endpages, lightly foxed throughout, internal hinges previously reinforced with tape, overall very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-17) (ID #32083) $2000.00.
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  17. Leeser, Isaac. “HISTORY OF THE JEWS AND THEIR RELIGION” IN: CYCLOPAEDIA OF RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS. CONTAINING AUTHENTIC ACCOUNTS OF THE DIFFERENT CREEDS AND SYSTEMS PREVAILING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WRITTEN BY MEMBERS OF THE RESPECTIVE BODIES. Glasgow, Bell And Bain, 1853. 1st edition. Period Half leather and marbled boards with raised spine and leather spine title. Leeser's contribution is 8 pages. In this overview of Judaism, the "Pastor of the Hebrew Portuguese Congregation, Philadelphia, " Rev. Isaac Leeser, takes the reader back to the times of Abraham and Moses, presents Maimonides' Thirteen Articles of Faith, and quotes Mendelssohn's "Jerusalem" concerning the significance of the commandments and ceremonies. Some wear to leather, Very Good Condition (k-amr-2-1A) . (ID #31706) $800.00.
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  19. Brett, Samuel; R. Burton. A JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM, CONTAINING THE TRAVELS OF FOURTEEN ENGLISHMEN IN 1667, TO THE HOLY LAND, AND OTHER MEMORABLE PLACES NOTED IN SCRIPTURE.: TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, MEMORABLE REMARKS UPON THE ANCIENT AND MODERN STATE OF THE JEWISH NATION. …. Hartford; Printed By J. Babcock, 1796. Later Boards. 12mo. 132 pages. 17 cm. Second (? ) edition of Singerman 0077. Continued from title page: “Together with a relation of the great council of the Jews in the plains of Hungary, in 1650, to examine the Scriptures concerning Christ. - By Samuel Beert [i. E, Brett], an English gentleman there present.: With an account of the wonderful delusion of the Jews by a false Messiah at Smyrna, 1666.” R. Burton is a pseudonym of Nathaniel Crouch. First published in 1672 in London; the first edition to appear in America was a German-language version published in 1792 in Lancaster. The First American English edition was printed in Philadelphia, 1794 (Singerman 0077) ; this 1796 edition not listed in Singerman. Contains one of the earliest English language accounts of Sabbatai Zevi. Bound in quarter leather and wooden boards. Subjects: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages - Palestine - Early works to 1800. Jews - History. Lost tribes of Israel. Shabbethai Tzevi, 1626-1676. Judaism -- History -- Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789. Palestine - Description and travel - Early works to 1800. Jerusalem - Description and travel -- Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 29 copies for this edition. Boards worn and rubbed, endpages lightly soiled, internally, lightly foxed, very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-25) (ID #32091) $650.00.
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  21. Reisen, Abraham / Mirsky, Victor M. / Shub, David. |[THREE YIDDISH YEAR BOOK ALMANACS BOUND TOGETHER] YOHR BUKH DOS NAYE LAND A ZAMELBUKH FAR LITERATUR UN VISENSHAFT; 1912 [BOUND WITH] DER IDISHER ALMANAKH; A YOHR-BUKH FAR NOYTIGE INFORMATSYES KHRONOLOGY UN STATISTIK; 1923 . [BOUND WITH] DER IDISHER VELT-ALMANAKH 1926, YOHR-BUKH FAR SOTSIALISTISHER, IDISHER UN ALGEMEYNER GESHIKHTE, STATISTIK UN INFORMATSYE . New York; A. Reyzen / Jewish Almanac Publ. Corp / Farlag "wecker", 1912; 1923; 1926. Later cloth. 8vo. 100; 288; 400 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Yiddish, with some English throughout. All three volumes published in New York. English on title pages: “Yohrbuch dos Naye Land; 1912”; “Jewish Almanac: a yearbook of valuable information, chronology and statistics; 1923”; “Jewish world almanac: a year book of valuable information, chronology and statistics; 1926”. Of major note is the literature Yearbook published 1912 by Avrom Reyzen (“Avrom Reyzn; 1876–1953, Yiddish poet, short-story writer, playwright, and editor. Born in Koidanovo, Russia, Reisen was the son of the Hebrew and Yiddish poet Kalman Reisen and the brother of the poet, short-story writer, and translator Sarah (Sore) Reisen and the celebrated philologist Zalman Rejzen. While he was still a teenager, his talent was recognized by Shalom Aleichem and I. L. Peretz, who arranged for the publication of his earliest poems. After some years in Minsk, Warsaw, Cracow, and Berlin, he settled permanently in New York in 1914. Influenced by Heinrich Heine, whom he translated into Yiddish, he was one of the first Yiddish poets to make use of folksong material. His poetry, though mostly written in conventional quatrains, is suffused by a refined sensibility that adumbrates the writing of Di Yunge. ” - EJ 2007) ; which includes poems by Sarah Reisen, David Kasel, Zusman Segalovitsh, Morris Winchevsky, short story by Hersh Dovid Nomberg, “Der Alter” by Abraham Reizen, essay by Chaim Zhitlovski, and contributions from Di Yunge writers Zishe Landau, Yosef Rolnik, and others. All volumes contain copious advertisements from various currents in Yiddish New York (the Almalgamated Bank, Max Maisel Books; Keren Hayesod; various shipping lines; Hebrew Home for the Aged of Harlem; the International Unity House; etc) . 1923 almanac includes 12 page subscriber list in English at rear, listing over 1000 names from all over the US. 1926 Yiddish World-Almanac, yearbook for socialism, Jewish, and general history, edited by the noted journalist, Sovietologist, and Menshevik, David Shub, the head editor of Der Veker during the years 1922-1927. All volumes bound together in later red cloth, with marbled endpages. Subjects: Almanacs, Yiddish - United States. Yiddish literature. Di Yunge. OCLC lists 6 copies of 1912 almanac, 13 copies of 1923 almanac, 26 copies of the 1926 almanac. Cloth lightly rubbed. Light soiling on a few pages in margins, overall very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (KH-1-42) (ID #32108) $350.00.
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  23. Rosenberg, D. ; Max Wolff. EXPLICATION OF AN ENGRAVING CALLED THE ORIGIN OF THE RITES AND WORSHIP OF THE HEBREWS; TOGETHER WITH REMARKS ON CREATION, AND A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF SOME OBSERVANCES AND THEIR SYMBOLICAL SIGNIFICATION. New York; Printed At The Office Of The "jewish Messenger", 1859. Publishers cloth. 12mo. 112 pages. 19 cm. First edition. Singerman 1599. Added title page in Hebrew. In English, with Hebrew. “From the original French of D. Rosenberg, of Paris. With additional remarks and investigations, notes and diagrams, by Max Wolff. ” Includes illustration: “Table of the Ten Cabbalistic Spheres” pg. 13. “Dr. D Rosenberg of Paris published an illustrated lithograph based on a kabbalistic understanding of Judaism in 1851. It was so complicated and laden with details that he also had to publish an explication (in French) . After Wolff decorated his house with the illustration, non-Jewish acquaintances urged him to publish an English version of the lithograph and the explication. Wolff’s edition of the lithograph was ‘the most crowded with detail of Hebrew prints published in America’ (Karp) . He added his own comments in his English translation of the explication. Among the subscribers were many non-Jews, including Samuel S. Powell, the major of Brooklyn. [Origins and Rites] contains Hebrew poems composed by Wolff and this volume is the earliest book-length work with original Hebrew poetry published in America. ” (Yosef Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry 1015) . Our copy, 112 pages, includes the “Reference Guide to the Chart and Book Entitled Origin of the Rites and Worship of the Hebrews, by Max Wolff”, on pages 107-112. “Origin of the Rites and Worship of the Hebrews, by M. Wolff, New York 1859, is the most crowded with detail of Hebrew prints published in America. So complex is the medley of law and lore, literature and mysticism, that a special 112-page booklet, Explication of An Engraving..., was published with it. The history of its publication, given in the words of its publisher, Max Wolff, ‘formerly Minister of the Congregation 'Ohabei Shalom, ' Boston, Massachusetts, ’ is revealing: ‘This pictorial representation was originally composed by the learned and accomplished Dr. Rosenberg, and by him published in Paris in the year 5611-1851. Some two years ago [1857] a copy ... Was presented to me... Many called upon me to explain the plan; others, again desired to possess copies with an explication in the vernacular tongue, and urged me to undertake an Anglo-American edition from the French original; and when I reflected how little the spirit and profound character of the institutions of Israel are known among Gentiles, while even among Hebrews, here, in the United States, the study of the sacred language and literature ... [and] the Talmud, is so greatly neglected ... It struck me that I would be doing a good service ... To edit and to publish. ’ A 112 -page booklet went with this massively detailed engraving, which was so complex, filled with information, and replete with symbols of the Jewish tradition. Its publisher and author was Max Wolff, a religious functionary-a cantor in Boston and San Francisco. ” (Abraham J. Karp, From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress, 1991) . A second edition was printed by J. A. H. Hasbrouck & Co in 1861. Our copy contains the signature of Irving Levitas. Subjects: Judaism - Customs and practices. Worship in the Bible. Kabbalah. Hebrew Poetry. OCLC lists 19 copies. Original cloth rubbed at edges, internally very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-43) (ID #32109) $300.00.
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  25. Adams, Hannah. THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM TO THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Vol. 2 only, covering the 13th -19th Centuries. Boston, J. Eliot, jr., 1812. Period quarter leather, 12mo, 338 pages. 1st edition of the first modern sympatheic history of the Jews by a non-Jew. Singerman 0218. Rosenbach 162. Shaw & Shoemaker 24528. Volume 2 only, but complete for the medieval and modern period. Hannah Adams (1755- 1831) was “an early American historian and pioneer in the field of comparative religion, was also the first [female] American author to make a living solely from writing. She was the first historian of religions ever to try to represent sects and denominations in terms which adherents themselves used and from their perspective….During the Revolutionary War one of the boarding students [of her father] gave Adams a copy of Thomas Broughton's An Historical Dictionary of All Religions from the Creation of the World to This Perfect Time, 1742. Reading Broughton ‘awakened my curiosity,’ she later wrote….. In 1778 she began to compile a new reference work according to her own rules. She resolved ‘to avoid giving the least preference of one denomination above another’ and to present the arguments and sentiments of each sect in believers' own words, according to the group's ‘general collective sense.’…. In a society whose elite valued education and faith, Adams became a dinner and house-party star …. Adams's wide knowledge made her a staple in liberal New England's social whirl. She even enjoyed a two-week stay at the home of her distant cousin, John Adams, second President of the United States…..She succeeded…through personal relations with the affluent….. Her later works included History of the Jews, 1812….Among short articles on Adams are Conrad C. Wright, "Adams, Hannah," Notable American Women 1607-1950 (1971); Carol Berkin, "Adams, Hannah," American National Biography (1999); and Elizabeth Curtiss, "Hannah Adams: Biographical Sketch," in Dorothy Emerson, ed., Standing Before Us (2000)” (Curtiss in Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography, 2013). Light wear, Very Good Condition.(amr-45-3) $500.00
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  27. Brothers, Richard. A REVEALED KNOWLEDGE, OF THE PROPHECIES & TIMES. [BOOKS ONE AND TWO, BOUND TOGETHER]. London; Printed In The Year Of Christ, 1794. Full leather. 8vo. 68; 108 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Two volumes bound together: “Book the first. Wrote under the direction of the Lord God, and published by His sacred command; it being the first sign of warning for the benefit of all nations. Containing, with other great and remarkable things, not revealed to any other person on earth, the restoration of the Hebrews to Jerusalem, by the year 1798: under their revealed prince and prophet. ” / “A revealed knowledge of the prophecies & times, particularly of the present time, the present war, and the prophecy now fulfilling. The year of the world 5913. Book the second. Containing, with other great and remarkable things, not revealed to any other person on earth, the sudden and perpetual fall of the Turkish, German, and Russian empires, wrote under the direction of the Lord God, and published by his sacred command, it being a second sign of warning for the benefit of all nations, by the man that will be revealed to the Hebrews as their prince and prophet”. Volume 1 signed on page 68: London, 20th of the month called September, 1794, Richard Brothers; volume 2 signed on page 108: Richard Brothers ... London ... 20th of the month called February, 1795. Two volumes constituting the major work of Richard Brothers, the “founder of Anglo Israelism; born Dec. 25, 1757, at Placentia, Newfoundland; died at London Jan. 25, 1824. … Brothers described himself as the ‘nephew of the Almighty, ’ because he considered that he was descended from one of the brothers of Jesus, and claimed that on Nov. 17, 1795, he would be revealed as the prince of the Hebrews and ruler of the world. Before that date, however, he had been removed to a lunatic asylum, where he wrote his ‘Revealed Knowledge of the Prophecies’ (1794), ‘A Description of the New Jerusalem’ (1801), and ‘The New Covenant Between God and His People’ (a posthumous work, 1830) . Brothers seems to have been the first person to claim that the English are descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes; and his views are still referred to with respect by the adherents of Anglo-Israelism. His ‘Description of the New Jerusalem’ contains a series of plates of the various officials of the new kingdom which was to be restored in Palestine under his leadership. These officials are all dressed in the court costume of George III. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Later full leather binding, with pastedown red leather gilt title on spine, decorative marbled boards over leather. Subjects: Bible - Prophecies - Early works to 1800. Prophets - England. Prophecies (Occultism) . Jews - Restoration. Private revelations. Brothers, Richard, 1757-1824 - Prophecies. Bible - Prophecies. OCLC lists 31 copies of volume one alone, 13 copies of volumes one and two together. A set sold at auction in 2013 for almost USD 1100. Light rubbing to extremities, old ink notes in margins of a few pages, otherwise very fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-20) (ID #32086) $1200.00.
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  29. Moses Ben Maimon. THE REASONS OF THE LAWS OF MOSES. London, James Nichols, 1827. 4to, 451 pages. First edition. From the “More Nevochim” of Maimonidies. With notes, dissertations and a life of the author by James Townley. First appearance in English of Maimonidies’ Guide to the Perplexed. The translator, James Townley presents here the “Ta’amei HaMitzvoth” (rationales of the commandments) in the third part of Maimonides’ Moreh Nevuchim. Engraved frontispiece of phylacteries and mezuzah. An uncut copy. Light stains, contemporary boards, worn, spine repaired. (Spec-12-5) (ID #25533) $500.00.
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  31. Asher, Asher. THE JEWISH RITE OF CIRCUMCISION, WITH THE PRAYERS AND LAWS APPERTAINING THERETO. London: P. Vallentine, 1873. Hardcover, 8vo, vi, 50, xxxix pages, 23 cm. Introduction in English; text of Jewish law in Hebrew and English on facing pages. SUBJECT (S): Berit milah. Circumcision -- Religious aspects -- Judaism. Circumcision. Surgical Procedures, Minor. Added title page in Hebrew. Includes bibliographical references on pages v. Hinge repair. Inscription on title page. Bumped cover corners. Wear to cover spine. Otherwise, very good condition. Scarce. (Heb-38-5) (ID #28053) $300.00.
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  33. Addison, Lancelot. THE PRESENT STATE OF THE JEWS; WHEREIN IS CONTAINED AN EXACT ACCOUNT OF THEIR CUSTOMS, SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS. TO WHICH IS ANNEXED A SUMMARY DISCOURSE OF THE MISNA, TALMUD, & GEMARA. London, W. Crooke, 1676. Contemporary calf. 12mo. 247 pages. 16 cm. Second edition. With frontispiece portrait. Lancelot Addison (1632-1703) “was an Anglican clergyman who was assigned to accompany English troops stationed on the Northern Coast of Morocco. There, he came into contact with local Jews, and utilized the experience to write about Jewish life. His The Present State of the Jews (more particularly relating to those in Barbary) was published in the decades after Jews were formally permitted to resettle in England. It was reprinted several times, suggesting that the book attracted interest as a source of information on the Jews. A later publication of his on Islam identifies Addison as the author of The Present State of the Jews, further pointing to the recognition that the book achieved. A striking feature of the publication is its frontispiece, which depicts a ‘native’ holding a banner proclaiming 'The Present State Of The Jews In Barbary'. No explanation is attached to the illustration. Scholars have pointed out that part of Addison's book simply repeats material found in the English translation of Johannes Buxtorf's work, The Jewish Synagogue, or an Historical Narration of the State of the Jewes (Synagoga Judaica, London, 1657) . It is thus likely that when Addison did not have information from his own experience in North Africa, he ‘cribbed’ from Buxtorf who recorded Jewish life in Central Europe. The title page also cites an annex to the book, a Discourse of the Misna, Talmud and Gemara. ” (Harvery Goldberg; Hebraica Veritas? Itineraria; University of Penn exhibits) . Title page ink in red and black; gilt title on spine, gilt tooling on outer edges. Subjects: Jews - Africa, North - Early works to 1800. Judaism - Customs and practices - Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 28 copies of the second edition. Front hinge detached, rubbing to extremities of edges, internally fresh and clean. Otherwise Very good condition. (KH-1-22) (ID #32088) $900.00.
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  35. Isaac Vossius; Simon, Richard. DISQUISITIONES CRITICAE DE VARIIS PER DIVERSA LOCA & TEMPORA BIBLIORUM EDITIONIBUS: QUIBUS ACCEDUNT CASTIGATIONES THEOLOGI CUJUSDAM PARISIENSIS AD OPUSCULUM ISA. VOSSII DE SIBYLLINIS ORACULIS, ET EJUSDEM RESPONSIONEM AD OBJECTIONES NUPERAE CRITICAE SACRAE. Londini; Impensis Richardi Chiswel, Ad Insigne Rosæ Coronatæ In Coemeterio Paulino, 1684. Original Full calf. 8vo. [14], 279 pages. 21 cm. First edition. In Latin. Published in London. An English translation was published in the same year, with the title: “Critical enquiries into the various editions of the Bible printed in divers places and at several times: together with Animadversions upon a small treatise of Dr. Isaac Vossius concerning the Oracles of the sibylls, and an answer to the objections of the late Critica sacra”. Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) was a biblical scholar, friend and translator of Manasseh ben Israel. Richard Simon, “French scholar and Orientalist; born at Dieppe May 13, 1638; died there April 21, 1721. After studying at the Sorbonne he joined the Congregation of the Oratory, in the library of which he studied Oriental works and manuscripts. When a certain Jew was condemned to the pyre at Metz on a blood accusation, Simon wrote a strong opinion in protest (1670) . He translated Leon of Modena's ‘Historia dei Riti Ebraici, ’ etc. (1674), and wrote ‘Comparaison des Cérémonies des Juifs et de la Discipline de l'Eglise’ (1681) . His chief work, however, was his ‘Histoire Critique du Vieux Testament’ (1678), practically the first introduction to the Old Testament written. It dealt with the books of the Old Testament as if they were ordinary writings, and by this means aroused the enmity of Bossuet and the Port Royal, through whose influence the whole edition of 1, 300 copies was seized and destroyed and Simon was expelled from the Oratory (May 21, 1678) . Notwithstanding the destruction of his book, several pirated editions appeared in Holland. Simon wrote several pamphlets defending his views against the attacks of contemporary writers, such as Vossius, Spanheim, Jurien, Colomies, Le Clerc, and others. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . On first endpage Ex libris: "Ex bibliotheca FF. Praedicatorum Sti Jacobi". Bound in original full calf, with gilt panels on spine. Wing; S3801. Subjects: Vossius, Isaac, 1618-1689. De Sibyllinis aliisque quæ Christi natalem præcessere oraculis. Bible - Versions. Bible - Manuscripts - Early works to 1800. Oracula. Sibyllina - Early works to 1800. Light wear to edges of leather, gilt lightly rubbed, internally very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (KH-1-45) (ID #32111) $600.00.
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  37. Argens, Jean-Baptiste De Boyer, Marquis D'. THE JEWISH SPY: BEING A PHILOSOPHICAL, HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL CORRESPONDENCE, BY LETTERS WITCH LATELY PASS'D BETWEEN CERTAIN JEWS IN TUKEY, ITALY, FRANCE & C. TRANSL. FROM THE ORIG. INTO FRENCH, BY THE MARQUIS D'ARGENS, AND NOW DONE INTO ENGLISH. London; Printed For D. Browne And R. Hett, 1739. Later half calf and marbled boards. 16mo. Xii, 303, [45] pages. 17 cm. First English edition. Translated from the original into French, by the Marquis d'Argens; and now done into English. A translation of the first 40 letters only of Lettres juives. “The original ‘Lettres juives, ou correspondence philosophique, historique et critique…’ began publication as a series of weekly pamphlets as early as March or April, 1736. By 1737, a year after they were printed at the Hague in book form, they were well known throughout France. … The first English edition, entitled The Jewish Spy, appeared in London in 1739 (first forty letters only) – followed by four more volumes in 1740. The second edition, in five volumes, appeared in 1744. … Matters relating to Jews and Judaism occupy only a small portion of The Jewish Spy, but they engaged some sixteen letters completely [letters 1, 23, 36, etc. ], and references are scattered through no less than seventy others. … D’Argens, though frequently salting his letters with earthy and ribald humor – often anti-clerical, rarely descends to jesting about Jews. … Transparently, the author is no Judaeophile. He offers many harsh chastisements of both Faith and People. Just as he uses Judaism as a constant foil against the weaknesses of Christianity, he exalts Karaism time and again to the detraction of Rabbinism or traditional Judaism. … undoubtedly he helped create the new atmosphere that made Emancipation possible by the end of the century. ” (Stanley Brav, ‘Jews and Judaism in the Jewish Spy’; Studies in Bibliography and Booklore, volume 4, June 1960) . Later fine binding, half calf, raised bands outlined in gilt, title in gilt on spine, marbled boards. Subjects: Jews - Europe. Lettres juives. English. Selections. French Enlightenment. Books published before 1800. OCLC lists 29 copies. Light soiling to corner on title page, otherwise very clean and fresh. Great condition. (SPEC-36-54) (ID #32142) $800.00.
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  39. Disraeli, Isaac. THE GENIUS OF JUDAISM. London; E. Moxon, 1833. Later cloth. 8vo. 266 pages. 21 cm. Second edition. (First edition was published in 1833 anonymously, second edition published same year under his name) . Isaac Disraeli was an “English author; born at Enfield, Middlesex, May, 1766; died at Bradenham Jan. 19, 1848. He was the only son of Benjamin D'Israeli, and after completing his studies and travels, he first appeared in print (Dec, 1786) with a vindication of Dr. Johnson's character in the ‘Gentleman's Magazine. ’ In 1790 he published his first volume in verse, entitled ‘A Defense of Poetry. ’ … In 1833 he issued anonymously the ‘Genius of Judaism, ’ in which he wrote enthusiastically of Israel's past history, but deplored its social exclusiveness in his own day. He had expressed similar views in his ‘Vaurien’ (1797), and in an article on Moses Mendelssohn in the ‘Monthly Review’ for July, 1798. Religiously, Isaac D'Israeli was a man far in advance of his times, and was perhaps the first English Jew who took the modern attitude toward Jewish ceremonial. In 1813 D'Israeli was elected warden of the Bevis Marks Synagogue, to which both he and his father had been attached. This office he declined, expressing surprise that he should have been elected at so late a period in his life. No notice was taken of his communication; and in accordance with established usage the recalcitrant was fined £40. Some correspondence ensued, in which D'Israeli, after expressing his unwillingness to pay the fine, finally saying: ‘I am under the painful necessity of wishing that my name be erased from the list of your members of Yehedim. ’ D'Israeli never returned to the Jewish fold, and his sons and connections embraced the Christian faith. D'Israeli himself did not, however, receive baptism, and never evinced any desire to exchange Judaism for Christianity. He attended the inauguration ceremonies of the Reformed Synagogue at Berkeley street, London. … D'Israeli married Maria Basevi, sister of Joshua Basevi, and left as issue four sons and one daughter, of whom the best known was Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Our copy contains laid in note which states: “Sarah Disraeli, Ben’s sister, thought their father’s book on Judaism was well-written, except for the chapter on conversion, which she thought was ridiculous. ” With bookstamp ‘Ex Libris Irving Levitas’ on endpage. Subjects: Judaism. Light foxing to original endpages, otherwise very fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-47) (ID #32113) $145.00.
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  41. Modena, Leone. גלות יהודה : והוא פשר דבר מכל מלה זרה או צריכה פתרון מכל העשרים וארבע שבמקרא והגדת פסח וברכת המזון ופרקי אבות בלשון איטלי'אנו. GALUT YEHUDAH: VE-HU PESHER DAVAR MI-KOL MILAH TSERIKHAH PITARON MI-KOL HA-MIKRA U-VIRKAT HA-MAZON VE-HAGADAT PESAH U-FIRKE `AVOT BE-LASHON ITALYANO ...: KAMAH DERAKHIM U-KELALIM ... `AL PI HA-DIKDUK ...: VE-NOSAF ... PI ARYEH VE-HU BEUR TEVOT ... Padua: Le-Vakashat Yosef Foah, 1640. Hardcover, 12mo, 117, 14 leaves, 21 cm. In Hebrew; Hebrew and Italian. Leon Modena or Yehudah Aryeh Mi-modena (1571–1648) was a “Jewish scholar born in Venice of a notable French family that had migrated to Italy after an expulsion of Jews from France.” He was a “respected rabbi in Venice. However, his reputation within traditional Judaism suffered for a number of reasons, including an unyielding criticism of emerging sects within Judaism, an addiction to gambling, and lack of stable character.…Though he failed to rise to real distinction, Leon of Modena earned a place in Jewish history in part by his criticism of the mystical approach to Judaism. One of his most effective works was his attack on the Kabbala (Ari Nohem, first published in 1840). In it, he attempted to demonstrate that the ‘Bible of the Kabbalists’ (the Zohar) was a modern composition. He became best known, however, as the interpreter of Judaism to the Christian world….At the behest of an English nobleman, Leon prepared an account of Jewish customs and rituals, Historia de' riti hebraici (1637). This book was the first Jewish texts addressed to non-Jewish readers since the days of Josephus and Philo. It was widely read by Christians, rendered into various languages, and in 1650 was translated into English by Edmund Chilmead. At the time, the issue of whether Jews should be permitted to resettle in Britain was coming to the fore (See Resettlement of the Jews in England), and Leon of Modena's book did much to stimulate popular interest” (Wikipedia, 2013). SUBJECT (S): Hebrew language -- Dictionaries -- Italian. Bible. O. T. -- Dictionaries -- Italian. Other Titles: Nove dittionario Hebraico et Italiano Cioe. ; Raccolta. ; Pi Aryeh. OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Some stained pages. Wear to cover edges and corners. Wear to outer cover binding. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-40-15) (ID #27907) $400.00.
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  43. Berechiah, Aaron. סדר אשמורת הבקר :‏ ‏מחבורת מעירי שחר SEDER ASHMORET HA-BOKER: ME-HAVURAT ME’IRE SHAHAR. Vinitsi’ah: Stamparia Bragadina, 1720. Hardcover, 8vo, 464 pages, 17 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Descriptor: Judaism -- Liturgy -- Texts. Aaron Berechiah was an “Italian kabbalistic writer and compiler. Aaron was a cousin on his mother’s side of Leone Modena . For the benefit of the pious members of his native Modena, Aaron compiled his Ma’avar Yabbok (“The Crossing of the Jabbok”) comprising the readings, laws, and customs relating to the sick, deathbed, burial, and mourning rites. David Savivi of Siena published an abridged version under the title Magen David, and Samuel David b. Jehiel Ottolengo, another entitled Keri’ah Ne’emanah. Aaron also compiled Ashmoret ha-Boker (“The Morning Watch”), containing prayers and supplications for the use of the pious confraternity Me’irei Shahar in Modena, as well as Me’il Hedakah and Bigdei Kodesh, containing prayers and passages for study” (Ashkenazi in EJ 2010) . OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Wear to cover – bend in middle. Wear to binding. Repair to back cover. Personal library stamp in front cover. (Heb-27-4) (ID #27962) $325.00.
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  45. Basan, Yisra’el Hizkiyah. SEDER MISHMERET HA-HODESH. Venetsi’ah: Bi-Defus Bragadin, 1692. Hardcover, 8vo, 128 pages, 17 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Descriptor: Judaism -- Liturgy -- Texts. OCLC lists 3 copies worldwide (New York Public Library, Harvard, British Library) . Damage to inside cover. Light staining of cover. Hold punch through first 30 pages in bottom right corner. Personal library stamp in front cover. Good condition. (Heb-27-5) (ID #27963) $425.00.
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  47. Medici, Paolo Sebastiano. RITI, E COSTUMI DEGLI EBREI CONFUTATI. COLL'AGGIUNTA DI UNA LETTERA ALL'UNIVERSALE DEL GIUDAISMO. Venezia; A. Bortoli, 1740. Later boards. 12mo. XVI, 368 pages. 18 cm. Second edition. In Italian. (First Venice printing) . ‘Rites and Customs of the Hebrews Refuted’. Continued from title page: “Compilata colle riflessioni di N. Stratta, già Rabbino, e poi Cattolico Romano ; Nella quale coll' autorità degli scrittori più accreditati nell' Ebraismo si prova la venuta del Messia Gesù Cristo. ” Anti-Jewish work by the convert Paolo Medici, rebutting those aspects of ritual found in Leon of Modena’s ‘Historia dei Riti Ebraici, Vita e Osservanze degli Hebrei di Questi Tempi’ (Shulhan Arukh) . Subjects: Jews - Social life and customs. Judaism. Judaism - Controversial literature - Early works to 1800. Judaism - Customs and practices - Early works to 1800. Jews - Conversion to Christianity - Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 5 copies of this edition (Biblioteca Comunale di Trento, Francescani, Washington Univ, Univ Wisconsin, HUC) . Light worm holing in margins of first few pages, boards and outer edges worn, light soiling throughout, overall fresh. Good condition. (KH-1-30) (ID #32096) $400.00.
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  49. Algazi, Israel Jacob Ben Yom Tov. ספר שמע יעקב ; ושארית יעקב : דרושים על התורה SEFER SHEMAʻ YAʻAḲOV: ṾE-SHEʼERIT YAʻAḲOV: DERUSHIM ʻAL HA-TORAH. Livorno: Stamp. Di Gio. Vincenzo Falorni, Italy, 1783. Hardcover, 336 pages, 4to, 30 cm. In Hebrew. Algazi (1680–1756) was a “halakhic scholar and kabbalist, grandson of both (Nissim) Solomon Algazi and Joseph Azzan . Probably born in Smyrna, Algazi lived in Safed, and for a few years, prior to 1730, in Smyrna. He was a member of a closed circle of kabbalists headed by Jacob Vilna. Algazi copied and published Emdat Yamim (Smyrna, 1731–32), with many of his own glosses. By 1737 he was in Jerusalem and, a year later, dedicated ‘Neveh Shalom Berit Avraham, ’ a yeshivah founded there for him. Algazi became head of Bet El, a bet midrash for pietists, and was consequently known as ‘the pietist rabbi. ’ His was the first signature on the constitution of the kabbalistic group Ahavat Shalom. Algazi was appointed chief rabbi upon the death of his colleague, Isaac ha-Kohen (1755), but he died the following year. One of the most productive scholars of his time, he wrote many halakhic and homiletic works including Emet le-Ya'akov (Constantinople, 1764) on the laws of Torah scrolls; Ara de-Rabbanan (ibid, 1745), reprinted with Judah Ayyash's commentary; Afra de-Ara (Leghorn, 1783), a methodology for Talmud and codes; Ug ha-Are (Jerusalem, 1910; with addenda, 1927), on the laws of Purim; Ne'ot Ya'akov (Smyrna, 1767) ; Kehillat Ya'akov (Salonika, 1786), a methodology; Shalmei Hibbur and Shalmei Hagigah (Salonika, 1790), on the laws of prayer and blessings; sermons Part 1, Shema Ya'akov (Constantinople, 1745) ; and Part 2; She'erit Ya'akov (ibid, 1751) . Some of his works still survive in manuscript form. . J. D. Azulai, an acquaintance, condensed and completed Algazi's work, Emet le-Ya'akov, which he published under the title Le-David Emet (1786) ” (EJ, 2007) . SUBJECT(S): Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Bible. O. T. Pentateuch -- Sermons. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Harvard, Univ of Chicago) . Ex-library. Hinge repair. Stained pages. Wear and chipping to edges of cover and binding. Wear to front and back cover. Otherwise, good condition. (BIB-13-11) (ID #24123) $400.00.
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  51. HAPHTAROTH AND MEGILOTH PENTATEUCH. Venice, Giovanni Di Gara, 1567-68. Small folio, 6-278, 218-318. With targum and commentaries of Rashi, Baal HaTurim and Chizkuni. First Edition of Bible with the Chizkuni commentary. Scholarly marginal notations in various Ashkenazic hands, family history of previous owner on f. 318b listing birth of children dated 1657. Lacking opening five leaves. Few leaves mispaginated, some staining, paper repairs occasionally affecting text. Later boards. Sm. Folio. A Highly scarce edition. First publication of Chizkuni together with the Biblical text. Heavy wear to 19th Century boards with some binding repairs, but solid; high quality 16th century rag paper has held up very well (Spec-12-2) (ID #25530) $1500.00.
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  53. Fleury, Claude, 1640-1723. LES MOEURS DES ISRAËLITES. Brussels; E. H. Fricx, 1722. Original full calf. 16mo. [6] 208 pages. 14 cm. In French. “The Customs of the Israelites. ” Later (unstated) edition (first edition was 1681) by Claude Fleury (1640-1723), priest, tutor of the Dukes of Burgundy, Anjou & Berry, confessor to the young Louis XV from 1716, and member of the French Academy. He followed this work with the larger study Les mœurs des Israélites et des Chrétiens (1682) . Bound in original full calf, with raised binding, gilt panels and title on spine, gilt tooled outer edges of calf. Subjects: Jews - Social life and customs - Early works to 1800. Jews - Antiquities. Church history. Christianity. Bible - Antiquities. OCLC lists 12 copies of this edition. Light foxing to first and last leaves, calf rubbed, spine torn, but intact. Clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (KH-1-36) (ID #32102) $200.00. xx
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  55. Lambert, Lion Mayer (1781-1863). CATÉCHISME DU CULTE JUDAÏQUE. RECUEILLE DES AUTEURS FAISANT AUTORITÉ CHEZ LES ISRAÉLITES. למברט, יהודה מאיר. Metz : Gerson-Lévy, 1818. 1st edition. Half Leather, 16mo, 143 pages. In French. “recueilli des auteurs faisant autorité chez les Israélites; rédigé en hébreu et traduit en français et en allemand par L. M. Lambert.” Title also in Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- Religion -- Catechisms. Hebrew language -- Texts. OCLC lists 6 copies worldwide, only 1 in the US (Yale). Light wear and foxing, previous owners inscription on blank endpaper, about Good+ Condition. (spec-36-30A) $275.00
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  57. Herz Cerf-Beer; Mayer-Max; Ber-Isaac Berr; Jacques Godard. PÉTITION DES JUIFS ETABLIS EN FRANCE, ADRESSÉE À L'ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE, LE 28 JANVIER 1790, SUR L'AJOURNEMENT DU 24 DÉCEMBRE 1789. Paris; Imprimerie De Prault, 1790. Later decorative boards. 8vo. 111 pages. 21 cm. First edition. In French. “Petition of Jews settled in France, addressed to the National Assembly on 28 January 1790 on the adjournment of December 24, 1789.” A petition whose design united the previously split Parisian and provincial (also, Ashkenaz and Sefardic) Jewish communities, this hallmark petition lays out the simple demand for immediate equality of the Jews in France, it was useful in that it immediately accomplished civil equality for some sections of French Jewry (full citizenship of Portuguese and the Avignonese Jews) ; however in the same year formal civil equality was established for all; the document was written for the Jews by Jacques Godard, their lawyer, who was a leader of liberal opinion in Paris; it’s composition involved Jewish community leaders from Alsace, Paris, and elsewhere (Cerf Berr, ci-devant syndic general des Juifs; Mayer- Marx, Berr-Isaac-Berr, David Sintzheim, Theodore Cerf-Berr, Lazare-Jacob et Trenelle pere) … “the Revolution broke out. The fall of the Bastile was the signal for disorders everywhere in Alsace. In certain districts the peasants attacked the dwellings of the Jews, who took refuge in Basel. A gloomy picture of the outrages upon them was sketched before the National Assembly (Aug. 3) by the abbé Grégoire, who demanded their complete emancipation. The National Assembly shared the indignation of the prelate, but left undecided the question of emancipation; it was intimidated by the anti-Semitic deputies of Alsace, especially by a certain Rewbell, who declared that the decree which granted the Jews citizens' rights would be the signal for their destruction in Alsace. On Dec. 22, 1799, the Jewish question came again before the Assembly in debating the question of admitting to public service all citizens without distinction of creed. Mirabeau, Count Clermont Tannerre, and the abbé Grégoire exerted all the power of their eloquence to bring about the desired emancipation; but the repeated disturbances in Alsace and the strong opposition of the deputies of that province and of the clericals, like La Fare, Bishop of Nancy, the abbé Maury, and others, caused the decision to be again postponed. Only the Portuguese and the Avignonese Jews, who had hitherto enjoyed all civil rights as naturalized Frenchmen, were declared full citizens by a majority of 150 (Jan. 28, 1790) . This partial victory infused new hope into the Jews of the German districts, who made still greater efforts in the struggle for freedom. They won over the eloquent advocate Godard, whose influence in revolutionary circles was considerable. Through his exertions the National Guards and the diverse sections pronounced themselves in favor of the Jews, and the abbé Malot was sent by the General Assembly of the Commune to plead their cause before the National Assembly. Unfortunately the grave affairs which absorbed the Assembly, the prolonged agitations in Alsace, and the passions of the clerical party kept in check the active propaganda of the Jews and their friends. A few days before the dissolution of the National Assembly (Sept. 27, 1791) a member of the Jacobin Club, formerly a parliamentary councilor, named Duport, unexpectedly ascended the tribune and said: ‘I believe that freedom of worship does not permit any distinction in the political rights of citizens on account of their creed. The question of the political existence of the Jews has been postponed. Still the Moslems and the men of all sects are admitted to enjoy political rights in France. I demand that the motion for postponement be withdrawn, and a decree passed that the Jews in France enjoy the privileges of full citizens. ’ This proposition was accepted amid loud applause. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . One of the key documents in the Emancipation of Jews during the early phase of the French Revolution. Attractively bound in later decorative marbled boards, with gilt and black inlay title on spine. Subjects: Jews - Legal status, laws etc. - France - Early works to 1800. France; Assemblée nationale constituante (1789-1791) . France - History - Revolution, 1789-1799. Jews - Legal status, laws, etc. -France. Jews - France. OCLC lists 17 copies. Light soiling in margin of title page, otherwise very fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-39) (ID #32105) $750.00.
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  59. Ashkenazi, Bezalel Ben Abraham. אספת זקנים :‏‏ ‏‏חדושים על מסכת ביצה ASIFAT ZEKENIM: HIDUSHIM ‘AL MASEKHET BETSAH. A Metz: Chez Joseph Antoine France; Metz, 1764. Softcover, 12mo, 50 leaves, 21 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Talmud. Betsah -- Commentaries. Title within border of black type ornaments. Printed in double columns. Other Titles: Asifat zekenim; Shitah mekubetset. Ashkenazi (1520-1591/94) was a “and halakhic authority. Ashkenazi was born in Jerusalem or in Safed, where he studied in his youth under Israel di Curiel. About 1540 he went to Egypt where he studied in Cairo under David b. Solomon ibn Abi Zimra. Later he founded a yeshivah there which numbered among its scholars Isaac Luria and Abraham Monson. He was a good friend of the poet Israel Najara. When David b. Solomon ibn Abi Zimra went to Erez Israel, Ashkenazi succeeded him as head of the Egyptian rabbis. A bitter quarrel arose between him and Jacob b. Hayyim Talmid, nagid of the Egyptian Jews, and Ashkenazi excommunicated him. Through the intervention of the local authorities, the office of nagid was abolished, and the head of the Jews given the title of “chelebi”, with rather limited powers. It is highly probable that it was this quarrel which impelled him to leave Egypt. In 1587 he was head of the rabbis of Jerusalem, apparently succeeding Hayyim Vital. Ashkenazi put new life into the Jerusalem community, instituting numerous communal enactments, exempting scholars from taxation, and persuading the Ashkenazi community to assist in bearing the burden of taxation, though most of them were officially exempt as aliens. He traveled as an emissary to a number of countries, collecting money for the community and encouraging immigration to the Land of Israel. He persuaded the Jews of various countries to set aside Purim as a special day for making contributions to the Land of Israel…. Ashkenazi occupied himself a great deal with copying and editing old manuscripts, even hiring scribes to help him. He copied the novellae of the geonim and rishonim on the Babylonian Talmud, and these served as the basis for his classic Asefat Zekenim, better known as the Shitah Mekubbezet. Through this collection, much of the commentaries and responsa of R. Gershom b. Judah, Hananel, Joseph Ibn Migash, Meir ha-Levi Abulafia, and others, was preserved. The book in its different parts has been republished many times, and it serves as a supplement to the tosafot, and the other classical rishonim. Much of the Shitah Mekubbezet is still in manuscript. Part of it has been lost, but is occasionally referred to in books by other authors. All of the available material on some tractates has been published; but only selections of others. The following commentaries under the title Shitah Mekubbechet have been published: Berakhot, the collection in Berakhah Meshulleshet, incorrectly attributed to Ashkenazi, and is most probably by Yom Tov b. Abraham Ishbili; Bezah, the collection attributed to Ashkenazi at the end of Nahalah li-Yhoshu’a, of Joshua Soncino is – according to Epstein’s opinion – by a disciple of Nissim Gerondi; Ketubbot; it is doubtful whether Nedarim and Nazir are by Ashkenazi; Sotah is contained in Yagel Ya’akov of Jacob Faitusi; Bava Kamma; Bava Mezi’a’; Bava Batra up to page 133. The remainder was published under the title of Shi’urei Shitah Mekubbechet in the Yad Ramah of Meir ha-Levi Abulafia; Sanhedrin – sections in Sha’ar ha-Melekh of Isaac Nunes Belmonte and in Hamra ve-Hayyei of R. Hayyim Benveniste; Zevahim Bekhorot, Menahot, and most of Seder Kedoshim in the Romm Talmud edition. The Shitah to the smaller tractates of Seder Kedoshim is very much abbreviated” (David in EJ, 2007) . OCLC lists 1 copy worldwide (HUC) . Outer cover missing. Light staining to pages. Hinge repair. Light chipping to edges of pages. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-32-4) (ID #27390) $325.00.
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  61. Adret, Solomon Ben Abraham Simeon Ben Zemah Duran, Rashbats. ספר חדושי נדה SEFER HIDUSHE NIDAH. France, Mets: Bi-Defus Getshlik Shpeier Segal Mi-Sarlo’i, 1776. (FT) Hardcover, 8vo, 33 leaves (66 pages), 20 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Talmud. Niddah -- Commentaries. Mishnah. Kinnim -- Commentaries. Printed in double columns. Title page has ornamental border. Other Titles: Hidushe ha-Rashbats (Kinim) ; Katzin Rare Book Collection. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide (JTSA, Stanford, UCLA, Spertus, HUC) . Writing inside front cover. Hinge repair. Wear and tear to cover, edges and corners. Otherwise, very good condition. (Heb-36-10) (ID #27616) $300.00.
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  63. . תורת יהוה תמימה : ... חמשה חומשי תורה : גם תרגום אונקלוס ... וביאור ... רש"י ... עם חמש מגילות והפטרות TORAT YHVH TEMIMAH: HAMISHAH HUMSHE TORAH: GAM TARGUM ONKELOS ... U-VE'UR ... RASHI ... ? IM HAMESH MEGILOT VA-HAFTAROT (COMPLETE IN FIVE VOLUMES). Linev?il: Avraham Prizek, 1807-1809 . (FT) Half leather, 8vo, 5 volumes. In Hebrew. References: Vinograd: ; Luneville 24. SUBJECT(S): Bible. O. T. Pentateuch -- Commentaries. The Five Scrolls were not published in this edition. The Haftarot at the end of each vol. Have a separate title page. Other titles: Bible. O. T. Pentateuch. Hebrew. 1807.; Torat H. Temimah; Hamishah Humshe Torah; Haftarot. ; 1808.; Seder Hafat? Rot ... Ke-minhag kehilot ha-Ashkenazim veha-Sefardim ve-Italyani ... U-shemot ha-te Amim ke-minhage K . K . Ha-nal. Responsibility: asher hemah ? Os´im ... Yekl, ... Mosheh, ... Lima ... Be-mitsvat uve-hotsa'ot, be-vet uvi-defus avihem ... Avraham Prizek. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (JTS, UNIVERSITAT LEIPZIG) . Embossed leather spines. Wear to spines and covers. Text in very good condition. (DREYFUS-4-6) (ID #28583) $450.00.
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  65. Isaac Orobio De Castro; Uriel Acosta; Limborch, Philippus Van. PHILIPPI A LIMBORCH DE VERITATE RELIGIONIS CHRISTIANÆ: AMICA COLLATIO CUM ERUDITO JUDÆO [FIRST APPEARANCE URIEL ACOSTA]. Gouda; Apud Justum Ab Hoeve, 1687. Contemporary Vellum. 4to. [18], 364, [14] pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Latin. De veritate religionis Christianae. A response to three treatises by Balthasar de Orobio, the texts of which are included. With first appearance of "Urielis Acosta Exemplar humanae vitae. Addita est Brevis refutatio argumentorum quibus Acosta omnem religionem revelatam impugnat, par Philippum a Limborch": p. [341]-364. Written shortly before shooting himself, after his second excommunication, Uriel Acosta “used the interval to write a few pages of what he called ‘Exemplar Humanæ Vitæ’ (A Specimen of Human Life), a sketch of his own career. It is almost the only source of information respecting the life of this eccentric and unfortunate thinker, and was published with a refutation by Philip Limborch, a Dutch theologian, as an appendix to his own work, entitled ‘Amica Collatio cum Erudito Judæo, ’ Gouda, 1687; republished 1847.” (Jewish Encyclopedia 1906) “De Castro's discussions on Christianity with the Dutch preacher Philipp von Limborch were published by the latter in the work entitled ‘De Veritate Religionis Christianæ Amica Collatio cum Erudito Judæo, ’ Amsterdam, 1687.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . From the library of Irving Levitas, with laid in letter from the bookseller Emil Offenbacher, addressed to him: “First Edition. The larger part of the present volume consists of a discussion on the truth of the Christian religion between Philip Van Limborch, a Calvinist minister and professor at Amsterdam (1633-1712) and a learned Jew (Isaac Orobio de Castro, a contemporary adversary of Spinoza) . The book would be pretty much forgotten today had Limborch not added at the end an extraordinary human document, the autobiography of Uriel Acosta (1585-1640) which is printed here for the first time (pp.341-354: Exemplar humanae vitae) . Acosta, who was born into a Portuguese Marano family, moved to Amsterdam in 1617 where he resumed Judaism, but came soon in conflict with the Synagogue. He was excommunicated, recanted, again defied the authorities, was again excommunicated, and finally submitted to a public and humiliating penance after which he shot himself. Limborch has added an introduction to Acosta’s text, as well as a refutation, which is printed at the end. ” Subjects: Apologetics - Early works to 1800. Apologetics - History - 17th century. Judaism - Controversial literature. Filosofía cristiana. Apologetics. Orobio de Castro, Isaac, approximately 1617-1687. Vellum heavily soiled and warped. Outer edges heavily soiled, endpages somewhat soiled. All text crisp and clean, internally fresh; but outer portions of volume have ostensibly been waterdamaged, with heavy soiling and minor mold. Fair condition. (KH-1-32) (ID #32098) $500.00.
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  67. Fénelon, François De Salignac De La Mothe-; Et Al. RÉFUTATION DES ERREURS DE BENOIT SPINOSA. Bruxelles; F. Foppens, 1731. Contemporary Vellum. 12mo. 483 pages. 15 cm. First edition. In French and Latin. Collected volume of works all dealing with the concepts of Spinoza. A highly important introduction to Spinoza's ideas, most of the contents being an essay by Henri comte de Boulainvilliers (1658-1722), published posthumously, but widely circulated in manuscript under the title Essai de metaphysique dans les principes de R. De Spinoza (here called Refutation), which was influential in the ‘dissemination and popularisation of Spinoza's thought in France'. The work by Orobio, a free-thinking Jewish doctor living in Holland, was first published in 1681. The text actually by Fenelon occupies only ten pages. The book was sold ‘sous le manteau' but circulated widely, although both De Bure and Peignot state that it is rarer than Spinoza's own works. Contains: Vie de Spinosa [par M. Colerus] - Refutation de Spinosa [par le comte de Boulainvilliers] - Extrait du Nouvel atheisme renversé, ou refutation du sistême de Spinosa, par Dom François Lami ... - Extrait d'une lettre de Monseigneur de Fénelon ... Sur la Refutation de Spinosa - Certamen philosophicum propugnatae veritatis divinae ae naturalis adversus Joh: Bredenburg; ... Haec meditabatur Ishak Orobio. Bound in contemporary vellum, tooled gilt title on spine, marbled edges. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Bredenburg, Joh. Bredenburg, Johannes. Light soiling and edge wear to vellum, very fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-5) (ID# 32071) $1000.00
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  69. Philipson, M. LEBEN BENEDIKT'S VON SPINOSA. Braunschweig; Schulbuchh, 1790. Original stiff boards. 12mo. 120 pages. 15 cm. First edition. In German. ‘The Life of Benedict de Spinoza’. Early Haskalah biography of Spinoza. Written by “Moses Philippson, a bookkeeper, and a friend of Moses Mendelssohn, and who had received a philosophical training, was the author of ‘Das Leben Benedict von Spinoza's’ (Brunswick, 1790), and who published a ‘Gutachten über die Verbesserung des Judeneides’ (Neustrelitz, 1797) at the request of the royal electoral chancellery of justice at Hanover. “ (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. OCLC lists 11 copies, none in North America. Has not appeared at auction in the last 40 years. Light edge wear to boards, light soiling in margins, previous owners notes on endpages, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. Quite scarce. (KH-1-3) (ID #32069) $2500.00.
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  71. Lucas, Jean Maximilien; Spinoza. SPINOZA II. ODER, SUBIROTH SOPIM. Berlin; W. Vieweg, 1787. Original boards. 16mo. XII, 116 pages. 17 cm. First German edition. Translation of L'esprit de Spinosa, which was originally published 1719 at the Hague, and reprinted in 1768 with title, Traité des trois imposteurs, and ascribed by some to J. M. Lucas, and by Marchand to Vroes, J. Aymon and J. Rousset. It is frequently confused with the Latin treatise De tribus impostoribus (Subiroth Sopim is the syllabic reading backward of Im-pos-thoribus) . The editor of the book gives an account of the history of the work and attributes it to Spinoza or one of his disciples (p. IX) . With laid in invoice from the bookseller to Irving Levitas (scholar and lecturer in Jewish history) and laid in letter from German-Jewish Historian Fritz Bamberger to Levitas concerning the history of this volume. Subjects: Subiroth Sopim. ; V. L'esprit de Spinosa; De tribus impostoribus. ; Traité des trois imposteurs. OCLC lists 7 copies. A copy sold at auction in 2012 for almost USD 2300. Light wear to boards, very light foxing throughout, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (KH-1-2) (ID #32068) $2000.00.
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  73. Mendelssohn, Moses; Johann Caspar Lavater, Et Al. [PHAEDON AND LAVATER] SEVEN TRACTS OF THE LAVATER-MENDELSSOHN CONTROVERSY, 1770-1771. [BOUND WITH] PHAEDON; ODER, UBER DIE UNSTERBLICHKEIT DER SEELE IN DREY GESPRÄCHEN. Berlin; Stettin, Bey F. Nicolai, 1767. Later full leather. 12mo. 14; 68; 16; 48; 112; 132; 64; [12], 309, [1]; pages. 17 cm. First edition (of Phaedon, and all tracts) . In German. With frontispiece portrait of the author. Moses Mendelssohn’s chief philosophical work, "Phädon" (1767) ; on the immortality of the soul, which follows Plato's dialogue of the same name. “The ‘Phädon’ was the most widely read book of its time. Its special charm was its elegant and lucid style. Never before in Germany had philosophical questions been treated in such clear language; so that his contemporaries with justice called him the ‘German Plato. ’ The ‘Phädon’ is one of the best productions of classic German prose; it was reprinted fifteen times and translated into nearly all the European languages, while a number of Hebrew versions were made. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Bound with a collection of the major letters of the 1770 Lavater Controversy; each contains original title page (various publishers, 1770) ; starting with the “Zueignungs-Schreiben des Herrn Lavaters in Zürich an Herrn Moses Mendelssohn in Berlin”, Lavater’s dedicatory epistle of his translation of Bonnet, publicly challenging Mendelssohn to refute the book publicly, which began the controversy; followed by “Schreiben an den Herrn Diaconus Lavater zu Zürich” (Mendelssohn’s response) ; followed by “Gedanken über die Zumuthung Lavaters an Moses Mendelssohn ein Christ zu warden” (Lavater’s reply) ; followed by “Schreiben an den Herrn Moses Mendelssohn über die Lavaterische und Kölbelische Angelegenheiten gegen Herrn Mendelssohn” (Kolbele’s first attck) ; followed by “Schreiben an den Herrn Diaconus Lavater zu Zu¨rich” (Hesse’s letter) ; followed by “Zweytes Schreiben an Herrn Moses Mendelssohn insonderheit u¨ber den ehemahligen Mendelssohnischen Deismus” (Kolbe’s second attack, charging Mendelssohn as a deist) ; with, finally the 1771 “Rede bey der Taufe zweyer Berlinischen Jsraeliten so durch Veranlassung der Lavater und Mendelsohinschen Streitschriften zum wahren Christenthum übergetreten. Samt einem kurzen Vorberichte” by Lavater. Bound in later full leather, with gilt title on spine. Subjects: Immortality. Socrates. Judaism - Apologetic works. Lavater Controversy. Less than 18 copies of each of the Lavater letters on OCLC; in some cases OCLC lists only a single copy. Phaedon lacks pages 23-26. Light rubbing to edges of leather, light foxing in margins on a few pages throughout, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-7) (ID #32073) $4000.00.
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  75. Mendelssohn, Moses. MOSES MENDELSSOHNS PHILOSOPHISCHE SCHRIFTEN [TWO VOLUMES IN ONE]. Carlsruhe; Verlag Der Schmiederischen, 1761. Contemporary marbles boards. 12mo. XXIV, 278; 283 pages. 19 cm. First edition. In German. Moses Mendelssohn’s Philosophic Writings: Volume 1, “Briefe über die Empfindungen” (Letters on Sentiments), which contains a philosophy of the beautiful, and which forms the basis of all philosophic-esthetic criticism in Germany. Volume 2, “Rhapsodie, oder Zusätze zu den Briefen über die Empfindungen” (Rhapsody or additions to the Letter on sentiments), wherein Mendelssohn expands his notion of “mixed sentiments. ” Bound in marbled boards, with “Empfindungen I & II” cloth and gilt pastedown on spine. Subjects: Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Modern - 18th century. Aesthetics. OCLC lists 12 copies. Light wear to outer edges, light rubbing to boards, minor penciled notes on endpages, last page ripped at bottom, not affecting text; otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-8) (ID #32074) $450.00.
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  77. Mendelssohn, Moses. MORGENSTUNDEN ODER VORLESUNGEN ÜBER DAS DASEYN GOTTES. Berlin; Bey Christian Friedrich Voss Und Sohn, 1786. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards. 12mo. [14], 328, XLII pages. 16 cm. Enlarged edition. In German. Morgenstunden, oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes [Morning Hours, or Lectures on the Existence of God]. Towards the end of his life, Mendelssohn “set forth his own fundamental metaphysical beliefs and to refute pantheism. He did this in the lectures which he delivered for his children, for the two Humboldts, and for others, and which appeared under the title ‘Morgenstunden oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes’ (Berlin, 1785; second enlarged edition, ib. 1786; translated into Italian, Triest, 1843; into Hebrew, Königsberg, 1845) . ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) An attractively bound copy, with marbled boards, gilt border tiles on spine, raised bands, red dye outer edges, and title page vignette of Lessing. Subjects: God - Proof, Ontological. Theism. Truth. Light rubbing to extremities of boards, gilted title rubbed out on backstrip, otherwise fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-9) (ID #32075) $350.00.
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  79. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim; Lotich, Karl. NATHAN DER WEISE EIN DRAMATISCHES GEDICHT, IN FÜNF AUFZÜGEN. no Place [Berlin Leipzig]: No Publisher [C. F. Voss], 1779. 12mo, Period Paper covered boards. (4),276 pages. The scarce first edition, first issue with the misspelling, "Ein reichre Mann", on p. 95 line 11 of the first "Ideendrama", the first ideological idea drama. This is the dramatic plea for religious tolerance, the performance of which was forbidden by the Church shortly after its appearance. One of the main works by the most important German poets of the Enlightenment. “He [Lessing] became involved in the theological controversy due to his publication of the so-called "Wolfenbüttel fragments" of the deistic work of H.S. Reimarus. Assailed by every kind of sectarian prejudice, and prevented from answering by the government, Lessing returned to "my old pulpit, the stage", with "Nathan der Weisse" (1779), a noble plea for toleration which put his adversaries to shame." (Printing and the Mind of Man p. 129). Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 - 1781) was one of the most important and influential German writers. He was a poet, publicist, art critic and philosopher, and his literary writings greatly influenced later German literature. He became a leading figure of German Enlightenment, and his works are renowned for their literary style, their wit and their irony, and for him the dialogue plays a central role as a means of reaching the truth. Early on Lessing showed a considerable interest in the theatre, and with his works on and within this subject, he wished to help found the development of the new German bourgeois theatre. The idea was to create something new that was not just an imitation of French theatre, and he enlivened the thoughts of Aristotle and the reception of Shakespeare in order to create the ultimate theatre. All of his thoughts and writings are governed by the idea of freedom, and thus also his thoughts on theatre; his ideas of freeing the theatre from the dominance of the French model reflects his ideas of freeing religion from the dogma of the Church. And it is this freedom that is defended in his dramatic work "Nathan the Wise". After having published a number of theoretical writings, he was forbidden to publish any more, and he worked his religious position into his dramatic work. As in his other philosophical and religious writings, he here argues against the belief in revelation and a literal interpretation of the Bible by the predominant orthodox doctrine. He defends other world religions and preaches tolerance for these. The play takes place in Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, and it is the story of bridging the gaps of the three main religions, Judaism (Nathan), Christianity (the Templar) and Islam (Sultan Saladin), -a theme that cannot be said to have lost its relevance a couple of centuries later. Nathan believes that every man lives by the religion that he has been taught by those he respects, and Nathan, the Wise, is partly modelled after Lessing's close friend Moses Mendelssohn. Wilpert/ Gühring: Lessing:77 Some light foxing and staining as expected. Edgwear to boards, notation on title page, Good Condition in custom buckram (cloth) archival box. (SPEC-36-28) $2000.00
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  81. Lazarus, Emma. SONGS OF A SEMITE: THE DANCE TO DEATH, AND OTHER POEMS. New York; Office Of "the American Hebrew", 1882. Later boards. 8vo. 80 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Singerman 3081. "The dance to death; a historical tragedy in five acts, " with special title page: 2 p. 1, [5]-48 p. “Songs of a Semite was published by the American Hebrew. The title, as well as many of the poems in the collection, publicly proclaimed Lazarus's identity as a Jewish poet. In that role, Lazarus battled against both anti-Semitic non-Jews and complacent Jews. In ‘The Banner of the Jew, ’ she urged ‘Israel’ to ‘Recall today / The glorious Maccabean rage, ’ and she reminded readers that ‘With Moses's law and David's lyre’ Israel's ‘ancient strength remains unbent. ’ And in The Dance to Death, a poetic dramatization of Richard Reinhard's 1877 prose narrative Der Tanz zum Tode, Lazarus celebrated the courage and faith of the Jews who were condemned to die in Nordhausen, Germany, in 1349 for allegedly causing the plague. The Dance to Death was dedicated to George Eliot, ‘who did most among the artists of our day towards elevating and ennobling the spirit of Jewish nationality’ with her novel Daniel Deronda. ” (Jewish Women in America, 1997) . Bound in later boards. Subjects: Poetry. Tragedies. Emma Lazarus. Soiling, edge repaired, to original title page. Otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition, better than usually found. (KH-1-13) (ID #32079) $200.00.
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  83. Lazarus, Emma. ADMETUS AND OTHER POEMS. New York; Published By Hurd And Houghton, Riverside Press, 1871. Original cloth. 8vo. VI, [2], 229, [1] pages. 20 cm. First edition. Singerman 2284. “Emma Lazarus dedicated Admetus and Other Poems, her second book of poems, which appeared in the twenty-second year of her life, ‘To my friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, ’ who had encouraged her poetic career. The volume contains perhaps her earliest poem on a Jewish subject, ‘In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport, ’ written in July 1867, when she was not yet eighteen. ” (From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress, 1991) . Translations on pages [195]-229, [1], of Giacomo Leopardi, Goethe, and Heine. Bound in publishers red cloth boards, with gilt title on spine. Subjects: Emma Lazarus – Poems. American poetry - Translations from German. German poetry - Translations into English. Head and tail of backstrip torn at outermost edge, light wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-12) (ID #32078) $350.00.
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  85. Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940. VOLTAIRINE DE CLEYRE [SIGNED BY THE PRINTER]. Berkeley Heights, N. J. ; Oriole Press, 1932. Original cloth. 8vo. 42 pages. 20 cm. First appearance. Limited edition. Number 40. Inscribed by Anarchist publisher Joseph Ishill (owner of the Oriole Press), in 1934, to fellow anarchist Dr. Bertha F. Johnson (woman physician, friend of Emma Goldman) . "Published privately by the Oriole Press". "Edition limited to two-hundred copies of which fifty are printed on Nuremberg deckle-edge paper for private distribution with the compliments of the publisher" (this is nr 40 of the 50 special copies) . “Printed for the first time from an unpublished Ms. ” Garamond and Cochin types; printed in black and orange; 50 copies on Nuremberg mould- made; boards with buckram spine. In this essay, Emma Goldman portrays her contemporary and comrade Voltairine de Cleyre as a determined fighter who, following a brief flirtation with socialism, embraced anarchism as a result of the Haymarket Tragedy. De Cleyre, a native of Michigan, studied at the Convent of Our Lady of Lake Huron in Sarnia, Ontario. Sent there by her father against her own wishes and those of her mother, she developed a headstrong personality, going so far as to attempt an escape from the convent. Following her embrace of anarchism, Goldman tells us, "de Cleyre used her powerful pen and her great mastery of speech in behalf of the ideal which had come to mean to her the only raison d'être of her life. " The publisher Joseph Ishill (1888-1966) “emigrated to the United States in 1909 and settled in New York City. Having been apprenticed in a print shop in Rumania, he found work as a typesetter in the city. An anarchist by the time he came to the U. S, Ishill soon began attending the lectures of Emma Goldman and other notable radicals. He was a frequent visitor to the Ferrer Center in New York, and when a Ferrer Colony was founded in Stelton, N. J. In 1915, Ishill was one of the original members. Ishill began helping print the Colony's magazine, The Modern School, and a year later he published Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol. From the publication of that book in 1916 until his death fifty years later, Ishill published more than 200 books and pamphlets, all of them typeset and printed by hand. In spite of toiling in relative obscurity he has been lauded both by radicals, who recognize him for his efforts in publishing radical materials, and by fine press enthusiasts, who consider him to be one of the finest American printers and typographers of the twentieth century. ” (Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan) . Subjects: Women anarchists - United States - Biography. Feminists - United States - Biography. De Cleyre, Voltairine, 1866-1912. Anarchists – Fine Press editions. OCLC lists 12 copies. Clean and fresh. Great condition. (KH-1-14) (ID #32080) $800.00.
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  87. Goldman, Emma, Alexander Berkman; Harry Weinberger. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. OCTOBER TERM, 1917. EMMA GOLDMAN AND ALEXANDER BERKMAN, PLAINTIFFS-IN-ERROR, AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, DEFENDANT-IN-ERROR. NO. 702: BRIEF ON BEHALF OF THE PLAINTIFFS-IN-ERROR. New York; Weinberger,, 1917. Original Wraps. 8vo. VI, 109 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Harry Weinberger, attorney for the plaintiffs-in-error. Actively opposed to the first world war, Goldman and Berkman were arrested in July, 1917, and charged with conspiring against the draft. This document encompasses a legal brief calling for the charges to be dropped. Goldman and Berkman defended themselves in the trial however; though they did take up similar points of defense as that laid out by Weinberger in this self-published book. Weinberger (1888-1944) was the son of Hungarian immigrants. He obtained his law degree studying nights at New York University Law School while he worked during the day as a stenographer. He was admitted to the bar in 1908. A staunch believer in civil liberties, Weinberger defended many aliens, immigrants, anarchists, and other radicals, including Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, whom he believed had been deprived of their rights. He also developed an expertise in copyright law, representing many writers, including Eugene O'Neill. Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 - Draft resisters - United States. Trials (Conspiracy) - United States. Draft - United States. Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940, plaintiff in error -- Trials, litigation, etc. Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936, plaintiff in error - Trials, litigation, etc. OCLC lists 19 copies. Wraps rebacked with tape, light soiling to wraps, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-15) (ID #32081) $650.00.
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  89. Narkiss, Bezalel; Gabrielle Sed-Rajna. INDEX OF JEWISH ART: ICONOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF HEBREW ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS [VOLUMES I-IV]. Jerusalem; Israel Academy Of Sciences And Humanities, 1976-1988. Loose index cards. 8vo. 15 x 21 cm. In English, French and Hebrew. Each volume consists of a text booklet containing introductory material and index, together with cards containing descriptions and cross-references for the individual art objects. Volume 1 is housed in an archival box. Volume 1: Four Haggadot (Birds' Head Haggadah; Erna Michael Haggadah; Chantilly Haggadah; Greek Haggadah) “This is a detailed study with photographs of an important selection of Haggadot. The famous 13th-century Bird's Head Haggadah of Franconia, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, is probably the earliest of all illuminated haggadot known, beginning a tradition of illumination. The mid-14th century Erna Michael Haggadah, also at the Israel Museum, is unique in its school. The remaining two haggadot are Cretan, one at the Musee Conde in Chantilly and the Greek dated 1583 at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris. They reflect a Byzantine influence in their style but have traditional iconography. The volume includes a detailed reference section. ” - Volume 2: Three Haggadot (Hileq and Bileq Haggadah; 2nd Nurnberg Haggadah (in 2 parts) ; Yahuda Haggadah (in 2 parts) ) “A study of the Yahuda, the Second Nurnberg and the Hileq and Bileq Haggadot. All three come from the same school of illumination of the first half of the 15th century in Southern Germany. The works are illustrated profusely with ritual, biblical and messianic depictions. Included in this set are 426 cards as well as a detailed reference section. ” - Volume 3: The Rothschild Miscellany (in 3 parts) “An in-depth account of this exciting manuscript, which once belonged to the Rothschild family. They presented it to the Bezalel National Museum which became part of the Israel Museum's collection, where it is today. The Miscellany consists of over 70 books on biblical, historical, philosophical and theological topics. The pages are adorned with over 1000 illustrations by Renaissance artists of the Veneto area who worked in the 1480s. A full reference section is included. ” Volume 4: The Kaufmann Collection “An account of nine precious Hebrew illuminated manuscripts from the Kaufmann Collection in the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest. Six of them are Ashkenazi manuscripts from Germany and France, including the Maimuni Codex of Mishneh Torah and the first volume of the Tripartite Mahzor. Also included are the Spanish Kaufmann Haggadah and two Italian manuscripts (including the Pesaro Siddur, which has since disappeared from the library) . The volume contains 283 cards. ” (All quotations from The Jerusalem Index of Jewish Art at the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) . Compiled by Bezalel Narkiss, an historian who taught at “the department of art history at the Hebrew University, serving as chairman from 1974 to 1976. His positions included serving as art editor of Masada Press (1963–73) and foreign editor of Gesta International Center of Medieval Art (1973–80) . He was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jewish Art (1974–86) and director of the Catalogue of Hebrew Illustrated Manuscripts of the British Isles. He was illustrations consultant and art editor of the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (1970) . He was also the art adviser to the Diaspora Museum (Beth Hatefutsoth), and sat on the boards of the Israel Museum and the Wolf Foundation. Narkiss' unique contribution was as the founder of the Index of Jewish Art in 1974, thus undertaking the task of indexing all works of Jewish art worldwide. Through Narkiss' seminal work, the study of Jewish art has been transformed into a specialized academic discipline. He stressed the relationship of the style to that of the general art of the region, while pointing to specific Jewish elements and iconography. The Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University, founded and initially led by him (1979–91), established the Journal of Jewish Art (now Jewish Art) and he served as its editor in 1974–86. He worked towards the computerization of the Index, while concomitantly encouraging the continuing documentation of Jewish art around the world. ” (EJ 2008) Subjects: Jewish art - Indexes. Jewish art and symbolism - Indexes. Jewish illumination of books and manuscripts - Indexes. Clean and fresh; archival box for the first volume has been repaired with tape. Very good condition. (ART-20-9) (ID #30621) $400.00.
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  91. Benn, [Bencjon]. 62 PSAUMES ET VERSETS DE LA BIBLE. [Châtenay-Malabry (Seine) ]; Lefort, 1960. Folding Case. Large Folio. Sixty-two illustrated plates. 44 cm. First edition. Housed in original folding-case, loose as issued, original colored pictorial stiff wrappers. Title translates as: “62 Psalms and Verses of the Bible. ” In French. Preface by Jules Romains. “The artist Benn was a renowned Jewish painter who drew inspiration from the Bible and expressed his spiritual connection to it in a body of self-contained and highly integrated work, which was published under the title “62 Psaumes et versets de la Bible. ” When the Nazis entered Paris, Benn’s worst premonitions were realized. He was rounded up together with other East European Jews and interned in a holding camp, whose inmates were ultimately destined for a concentration camp in Germany. He was held in that camp for a month, and during that time he sketched the faces of his co-internees and their surroundings. He fell into a deep depression, lost weight, and would probably have died had it not been for the efforts of his wife and friends who managed to smuggle him out of the camp. Arrangements were made to hide the couple in the basement of an apartment house in Paris. Benn and his wife remained there in hiding for the duration of the war. During his twenty six months of confinement, Benn completed a series of sixty two drawings, based on selected psalms and verses of the Bible. The remarkable feature of this body of work is that it represents a radical departure in style from of his other work, and that style, while continuing to evolve after the war, remained exclusively associated with biblical themes. He continued to use biblical themes as subject matter (e. G, Song of Songs), and this particular style sets these works quite apart from the other figurative and representational work he did simultaneously. The drawings and the canvasses were critically acclaimed, and the artist was urged to make the works more accessible. In order to accommodate the demand for his biblically inspired work Benn agreed to have the sixty two drawings and paintings reproduced in the form of an album, which was published in 1960 under the title, “62 Psaumes et Versets de la Bible. ” The publication was issued in a limited edition of 2, 000 copies. The album was prefaced by the French writer Jules Roman, of the Academie Française. ” (Art of Benn) Subjects: Bible. O.T. - Illustrations. Bible. O.T. Psalms - Illustrations. Bible. A.T. - Illustrations. OCLC lists 14 copies. Folding case in fair condition has tears and is taped. Illustrated plates are colorful, bright and clean. Very Good Plus condition. (SPEC-36-10) (ID #31322) $500.00.
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  93. Bezalel) Schatz, Boris. ירושלם הבנויה : חלום בהקיץ YERUSHALEM HA-BENUYAH: HALOM BE-HAKITS. (YERUSHALAYIM HA-BENUYAH: CHALOM BE-HAKITZ) [“THE REBUILT JERUSALEM: A DAYDREAM"]. Jerusalem: Betsalel,, 1924. Hardback, (FT) 8vo. 190 pages. In Hebrew. FIRST EDITION. Additional title, featuring Schatz on Jerusalem rooftop beckoned to by the prophet of the future "Boris Schatz's exile on the shores of the Sea of Galilee during World War I, was a time of fruitful contemplation and writing. He composed this fi ctional story, set in Palestine one hundred years in the future, which offered a sublime alternative to the miserable reality of strife and struggle that had engulfed him in recent years. His utopian novella, was a programmatic manifesto written acording to the conventions of the then popular literary genre of the futuristic novel. The story opened with the Biblical artisan Bezalel ben Uri miraculously appearing at the Bezalel School one day in the midst of the war and inviting Schatz on a tour of Palestine in the year 2018 (see p. 108). This device allowed the author to present a detailed description of Bezalel and the Land of Israel of the future" (Boris Schatz: The Father of Israeli Art [Israel Museum Catalogue, 2006], p. 27). In good condition. (SPEC5-14) (ID #21014) $300.00.
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  95. Zunser, Eliakum. המנגן HA-MENAGEN: FIR NAYE HERLIKHE LIDER MIT MALODYEN. Vilna; [No Publisher], 1876. Original wraps. 64mo. 32 pages. 12 cm. First edition. In Yiddish. Contains second title page: “Shire Am; Folks Lider Dray Naye Lider tsum Zingen mit Malodyen.” Eliakum Zunser (1836–1913), a “Yiddish folk poet and songwriter. Known as Lyokemke Badkhn (Elyokem the Wedding Entertainer) and the ‘people’s bard, ’ Elyokem Tsunzer was born in Vilna (then Russia) —in 1841 rather than 1836, according to his own account—and died in New York, where he is buried in Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn. … Tsunzer’s writings have literary and linguistic importance: they stand at the threshold of the shift from premodern literary Yiddish, based on Western European dialects, to modern literary Yiddish, based on East European dialects. While Tsunzer’s native Lithuanian Yiddish dialect is most prominent in his poems, he also exhibits certain features such as rhymes drawn from Ukrainian Yiddish. He was a skilled improviser; one contemporary account has him delivering an hour-long speech, all in rhyme. He is also credited with introducing blank verse to Yiddish poetry. In addition to his poems, he wrote several plays, not all of which have survived. ” (Yivo Encyclopedia) Includes woodcut illustration. Subjects: Songs, Yiddish. Yiddish poetry. OCLC lists three copies (Harvard, Bayerische, Yivo) . Edges very worn and bumped. Some soiling throughout. Text clean however. Good- condition. (KH-1-55) (ID #32121) $250.00.
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  97. Lamdan, Yitshaq (Isaac) . MASADA: PO’EMA. Tel-Aviv: Hedim, 1927. / Hardcover, 8vo, 86 pages. 1st edition. In Hebrew. OCLC lists 8 copies of the first edition worldwide (Danish Union Cat, JTSA, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Northwestern, HUC, Brandeis, Texas-Austin) . Lamdan (1899-1954) was a “Hebrew poet and editor. Born in Mlinov, Ukraine, Lamdan received a traditional and secular education. During World War I he was cut off from his family and wandered through southern Russia with his brother, who was later killed in a pogrom. These grim experiences made Lamdan rally to the Communist cause and he volunteered for the Red Army at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. Disillusionment, however, soon set in because as a Jew he could not feel at home in the revolutionary movement. He left the army and returned to Mlinov, which had been annexed to Poland. There he became a teacher at the local Hebrew school and published his first poem in Ha-Shilo’ah. Immigrating to Erez Israel in 1920, he spent his first years as a halutz, building roads and working on farms. His poetry, now imbued with a ? Alutz spirit that grew out of his experience, was published in various literary journals in Erez Israel and aroused great interest since it reflected the hopes and despair of the Third Aliyah and also the struggles and inner conflicts of the individual ? Alutz. He later gave up physical labor and devoted himself exclusively to literary work, from 1934 until his death publishing and editing his own literary monthly Gilyonot. He was a member of the central committee of the Hebrew Writers Association for many years. Lamdan’s magnum opus, Massadah [this work], an epic poem in blank verse of six cantos, comprising 35 poems, established his reputation. The poem reflects the spirit of the young pioneers of the 1920s who had left behind them not only the memory of the brutal senseless murders of defenseless Jews, but also their shattered illusions about the possibility of establishing a free, revolutionary society in Eastern Europe. Massadah, the last fortress which continued to hold out against the Romans even after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C. E, in Lamdan’s poem symbolizes Erez Israel, the last stronghold of the destroyed Eastern European Jewish communities. The voice throughout the poem is the “I” of the poet who embodies both the horror experienced by his generation and its vision for a new future. In the first canto the poet, standing in the midst of the ruins of his home, at the height of the Russian Revolution, receives a message about Massadah: “face of the adverse fate of generations” the sons of Massadah have thrust out their “breasts in revolt and roared ‘Enough! ’” He sets out for the Promised Land in order to join them. His path to Massadah is obstructed by three friends who symbolize the various anti-Zionist or Diaspora-oriented ideologies and who try to turn him back. By an overwhelming act of will, the speaker frees himself from his friends and scales the barriers blocking access to Israel's stronghold. The second canto is a series of short poems in which the different Jewish refugees who came to Massadah describe their tragic experiences. Cantos three, four, and five are movements from joyful hope to despair. Night, “in which the air is heavy with blood, ” transforms into a time for kindling fires, dancing, and the renewal of faith. Night thus becomes a symbol of strength and hope while day is a time of despair and disillusionment. The fortress itself weeps for her listless sons. The ecstasy of the early movement is passed, the verve of pioneering among the weaker is spent and they fall to the wayside. Fewer and fewer of those imbued with the spirit of freedom throng to Massadah, and peddlers, longing to engage in commerce, increase. Not only the fires but also the “flames of revolt” brought to Massadah as “holy Sabbath candles in the twilight of the worlds" flicker faintly, yet they are not extinguished. There are always those who stand guard over Massadah watching "every cloud rising somewhere over the horizon. ” In the sixth canto the poet turns to these sturdy souls, calling out to them that their sacrifice is not in vain and that all roads trodden by the Jewish people lead to Massadah, none lead away. The poet’s “I” of the first canto, with its clear biographical references, later merges into the collective consciousness of the Jewish people, but even in Canto I it is not intrinsically individual. A symbolic poem of moods and situations, rather than heroes and plot, Massadah is rich in expressionistic images and rings with the cadence of biblical rhetoric” (Katznelson in EJ, 2007) . Long note from author tapped inside front cover. Wear to binding. Yellowing to edges of pages. Good condition. (Heb-22-9) (ID #26944) $750.00.
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  99. Shenhar, Yitzhak. ימים ידברו בנאות כפר ובירכתי עיר YAMIM YEDABERU, BI-NEOT KEFAR UVE-YARKETEIR [AUTHOR INSCRIBED]. Yerushalayim; Shoken, 1945. Publishers cloth. 12mo. 255 pages. 18 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Inscribed by Shenhar on first endpage. Short Stories by Yitzhak Shenhar; containing Ben neot kefar - Be-yarkete ir - Mi-sipure Yerushalayim. Yamim Yedabberu, 1945: “stories on village and city life under the British mandate and after Israel's independence. Shenhar does not confine himself only to the mentality and problems of Russian Jewry and especially of the Russian-born halutzim (as he did in his earlier collections) . His canvas extends from the German immigrant to the Oriental Jew, and to different parts of the country, in an attempt to give a panoramic view of the multi-faceted new Jewish society. ” (EJ 2008) Yitzhak Shenhar (Shenberg) (1902–1957), “Hebrew author. … An active member of the He-Halutz movement, he started agricultural training before completing his studies. On his arrival in Erez Israel in 1921 he joined the pioneers of the Third Aliyah and worked as a building laborer, wagoner, railman, and farmer. From his youth he had written Hebrew poetry, and his literary activity, mainly in verse and drama, gained impetus on his arrival in Erez Israel, where he published his first poem in 1924. Shenhar studied European literatures and languages for many years becoming well versed in some of them. From 1931 he devoted himself exclusively to literary activities, becoming a professional writer, a literary adviser to publishing firms, an editor, and a translator. As personal secretary to Salman Schocken during the 1930s, he accompanied him on his travels in Europe and established connections with the Schocken Publishing House, which from the beginning of the mid-1940s published most of his books and translations. Shenhar worked for the United Jewish Appeal in South America in the early 1950s. … He was a master of the lyrical short story characterized by atmosphere and psychological nuances rather than by dramatic tension and plot development. ” (EJ 2008) Subjects: Hebrew Literature – short stories – Jerusalem. Minor tears to edges of original jacket, light soiling to outer edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SPEC-36-43) (ID #32131) $225.00.
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  101. Agnon, Shmuel Yosef. אתם ראיתם : פשטים ומדרשים ATEM REITEM: PESHATIM U-MIDRASHIM. Jerusalem; Shoken, 1959. Publishers cloth. 4to. [226] pages. 30 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Attem Re'item (Atem Reitem - Ye Have Seen; You are witnesses), a collection of Midrashic commentaries related to the revelation (the giving of the torah) at Sinai, collected and poetically rendered by Nobel Prize winning author S. Y. Agnon. This was later translated into English as “Present at Sinai: The Giving of the Law” translated by Michael Swirsky (Jewish Publication Society, 1994) . Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888–1970) was a “Hebrew writer; Nobel Laureate in literature. One of the central figures in modern Hebrew fiction, his works deal with major contemporary spiritual concerns: the disintegration of traditional ways of life, the loss of faith, and the subsequent loss of identity. His many tales about pious Jews are an artistic attempt to recapture a waning tradition. ” (EJ 2008) . Subjects: Revelation on Sinai. Aggada. Aggadah. Light soiling to original jacket and outer edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very Good Condition in Very Good- Jacket. (SPEC-36-42) (ID #32130) $200.00.
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  103. Shapira, Eliezer Yitshak. כתבים בספר : יכלכל מאה מכתבים ... ונלוה עליהם ספור נעים בשם רפאל MIKHTAVIM BA-SEFER: YEKHALKEL MEAH MIKHTAVIM ... VE-NILVAH ALEHEM SIPUR NAIM BE-SHEM REFAEL. Varsha; Bi-Defus Y. Goldman, 1871. Original quarter calf and boards. 12mo. 96, 44, 21 pages. 17 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Parallel title in Russian: Mikhtovim' baseyfer'. "Refael" comprises eight festival stories for children adapted from the Russian. Hebrew Haskalah childrens literature by Eli‘ezer Yitshak Shapira; he was a Warsaw bookseller and publisher of Haskalah literature, and an author of Hebrew children’s works; he was the second editor of ‘Ha-Boker Or’ “a significant vehicle for the literature of the late Haskalah … regarded as one of the first stages in the birth of a center of modern Hebrew literature in Warsaw. ” (Yivo Encyclopedia) “The first publishing house of Hebrew books for children and adolescents, Bet ha-Otsar (Treasure House), was established in Warsaw in 1875 by Eli‘ezer Yitshak Shapira (1835–1915/9) ; it was devoted mainly to historical stories. ” (Yivo Encyclopedia) The bookseller Shapira “was the chief agent of the newspaper Hamaggid (The Preacher) and publisher of the well known Haskala poet and author, Judah Leib Gordon. ” (‘The Jewish book shop in the urban Landscape of eastern europe at the end of the 19th century’, by Hagit Cohen) . Shapira was the author of Reshimat sefrei haskala yeshanim ve khadashim [List of old and new Haskala books]; and translator of Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard's Almanack” into Hebrew: “Yad Harutsim”, 1879. Subjects: Letter writing, Hebrew. Fasts and feasts - Judaism - Juvenile literature. Hebrew literature for children. Haskalah. Maskilim. OCLC lists 7 copies. Last page (21) absent. Boards and leather worn and rubbed, Yiddish writing on endpages, overall fresh and clean. Good + condition. (KH-1-54) (ID #32120) $125.00.
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    THE HOLOCAUST

    Goebbels Supposed "Smoking Gun" on Jewish Plans for Germany

  105. • Kaufman, Theodore N. GERMANY MUST PERISH! Newark, N.J.; Argyle Press, 1941. Original Boards. 8vo. [4], 104 pages. 19 cm. First edition. Fold out map by Kaufman titled, “Map Showing Possible Dissection of Germany and Apportionment of Its Territory.” 3 laid in newspaper clippings from the beginning of the 1940s. Two clippings of “Fair Enough” a syndicated column by Westbrook Pegler, both are heavily opinion driven pieces recommending the post-war dissolution of Germany. One newspaper clipping contains quotes from Kaufman defending “Germany Must Perish!” against Nazi accusations that the book was responsible, in part, for the evictions of Jews in Hanover, Germany. This famous polemic “outlines a comprehensive plan for the extinction of the German nation and the total eradication from the earth, of all her people.” (Back cover)  Self-published and obscure, the anti-German book became a central strategic piece for infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels referenced the book throughout World War II claiming it as proof of a Jewish threat to the Nazis, writing in “his diary August 3, [1941], ‘He really could not have done it better and more advantageously for us if he had written the book to order. I will have this book distributed in millions of copies in Germany, above all on the front, and will write a preface and afterword myself. It will be most instructive for every German man and for every German woman to see what would happen to the German people if, as in November 1918, a sign of weakness were given.’” (Herf, page 112, “The Jewish Enemy”) However, this mass publication plan never came to fruition, because Goebbels “feared copyright problems. The U.S. was still not in the war, and he worried that the U.S. might retaliate by stripping German works in the U.S. of copyright protection.” (Bytwerk, 2012) Instead, edited and editorialized selections of the book were published in the widely circulated Nazi pamphlet DAS KRIEGSZIEL DER WELTPLUTOKRATIE alongside claims “that Kaufman was a close associate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a member of his Brain Trust, and that Roosevelt himself had dictated some of Kaufman’s words.” (Bytwerk, 2012) Subjects: World War, 1939-1945. Kaufman, Theodore N. Germany -- Politics and government. Pangermanism.  National characteristics, German. National socialism. Germans -- Foreign countries. World War, 1939-1945. Geographic:   Germany -- History -- 1933-1945. Germany -- Politics and government.  Dust Jacket in very good condition with light edge wear, Light shelf wear. Small label from previous owner on rear free end paper. Some discoloration to end pages due to laid in newspaper clippings of the period. Binding is tight. Text block is fresh and clean. Very good + condition. An excellent copy. (HOLO2-109-62) $2000.00

     

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  107. [Allied Forces] DEUTSCHE KONZENTRATIONS UND GEFANGENENLAGER: WAS DIE AMERIKANISCHEN UND BRITISCHEN ARMEEN VORFANDEN, APRIL 1945 [Germany; No Publisher], 1945 . Original Wrappers. 4to. [32] pages. 30 cm. First edition. In German. “German Concentration camps and camp inmates: what the American and British armies encountered, April 1945.” Immediate post-war publication containing dozens of photographs from Dachau and Buchenwald upon liberation. Includes the famous and controversial photo of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in Buchenwald (first published in the New York Times on May 6, 1945 with the caption “Crowded Bunks in the Prison Camp at Buchenwald” and taken inside Block 56 by Private H. Miller of the Civil Affairs Branch of the U. S. Army Signal Corps on April 16, 1945.). Also presents photographs of victims of the gas chambers and atrocities, surviving inmates, including an interned American soldier, German civilians and SS performing the task of handling the bodies of those left in mass graves, general Eisenhower and Patton observing a camp inmate describe the types of tortures undergone, etc. Appears to be a parallel edition to to the slightly more common but similar 28 page work, “KZ – Bildbericht aus fünf Konzentrationslagern,” which has 19 copies listed on OCLC/Worldcat (this work is held by only 13 libraries). The more common “KZ…,” which is a kind of sibling title to this, also from 1945, shows no photos from Dachau but rather depicts Buchenwald, Belsen, Gardelegen, Nordhausen and Ohrdurf. The aim of publishing these photobooks was to show the German population the horror of the death camps in Germany; because it was hardly a book people wanted to keep around, few copies remain today. The photos in these booklets played an important role as evidence in the Nuremberg Trials and became the iconic images of the Holocaust to Millions around the globe. Probably the first publication of war crimes photos in postwar Germany. ( For more info, see: Cornelia Brink, “Ikonen der Vernichtung. Öffentlicher Gebrauch von Fotografien aus nationalsocialistischen Konzentrationslagern nach 1945.” Berlin, 1998. Akademia Verlag.) Subjects: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Pictorial works. World War, 1939-1945 - Atrocities. Concentration camps - Germany. Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Dachau (Concentration camp). OCLC lists 13 copies worldwide. Understandably, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum keeps their copy in their Rare Book Room. KZ regularly sells at auction for over $2000.00; This work is rare to appear at auction. Small institutional sticker in corner of cover, spine rebacked, Light wear, otherwise Very Good Condition. (HOLO2-105-14). $1750.00
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  109. Kranzler, David. THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH REFUGEE COMMUNITY OF SHANGHAI, 1938-1945 [INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR TO IRVING LEVITAS ON SPECIAL DEDICATION PAGE IN CURSIVE AND RED INK]. Ann Arbor, Mich. ; University Microfilms, 1971. Publishers cloth. 4to. XLI, 520 leaves. 29 cm. First edition. First Appearance. Typescript of the author’s Ph. D. Theses for Yeshiva University, 1971. University Microfilms printing, 1972. With highly ornate dedication page to Irving Levitas hand inscribed by David Kranzler; includes laid in photograph of a reunion of Shanghai Refugees, thirty five years after (clipping, with story about Shanghai refugees, from Present Tense Magazine, 1979? ) ; also with laid in article from Kranzler, ‘The Jewish Community of Shanghai, 1939-1945’, offprint from the Wiener Library Bulletin 1972/3, with dedication on title page from Kranzler to Levitas, dated June 26, 1973. P. H. D. Thesis by David Kranzler (May 19, 1930 – November 7, 2007) a researcher and historian specializing in those who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Kranzler was born in Germany. His family fled the Nazis to the United States in 1937 when he was a child, and he was raised in New York. He studied for a BA (1953) and an MA (1958) at Brooklyn College, for an M. L. S. Degree (1957) at Columbia University, and for his doctorate (1971) at Yeshiva University. He joined the faculty of Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1969, and was a Professor there until his retirement. He was a leading historian on the subject of rescue by Jews during the Holocaust, a field which his works founded. He was among the first to document the rescue activities of Orthodox Jewish organizations, such as the Vaad Ha-hatzala and Agudath Israel. Subjects: Jews - China - Shanghai - History. Jewish refugees - China - Shanghai - History. World War, 1939-1945 - Jews - China - Shanghai. Immigrants - China - Shanghai - History. Shanghai (China) - Ethnic relations. Shanghai (China) - History. OCLC lists 11 copies. Light wear to edges of laid in offprint, otherwise near fine. Great condition. (KH-1-44) (ID #32110) $150.00.
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  111. Un Groupe De Mères Françaises. FRANÇAIS, FRANÇAISES, PÈRES ET MÈRES DE FAMILLES [A FLYER OF FRENCH RESISTANCE]. [France]; Un Groupe De Mères Françaises, [1942?]. Single-sided mimeographed leaf. 8 vo. [1] page. 27 cm. Presumably published after the Vel’ d’Hiv round up, a mass arrest of over 13, 000 French Jews by Pierre Laval and the Vichy government’s police forces, acting in concert with Nazi orders. This flyer, written by anonymous group of French mothers, describes the horrors inflicted on the nearly 5, 000 children kidnapped in the round up and sent to French internment camps where they were forced into labor before being sent to Auschwitz, and other camps in German occupied territory. This impassioned flyer, calls for its readers to “AGISSEZ VITE! ” (Act Quickly! ) in stopping the atrocities that have been inflicted on Jewish children, telling readers that “En sauvant les enfants juifs vous sauvez vos propres enfants! ” (In saving Jewish children you have saved your own children! ) Subjects: Some yellowing, consistent with age. Text is clean and fresh. Very Good + condition. (HOLO2-110-20) (ID #32158) $300.00.
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  113. Wiesenthal, S. (Simon). KZ MAUTHAUSEN. BILD UND WORT. Vienna, Ibis-Verlag, 1946. 1st and only edition. Original paper wrappers, 4to (Life magazine size). 56 pages, most of them photo-montages. Wolff I # 1793. What a book. 47 full-size drawings & photo-montages by Mautausen survivor Wiesenthal, published long before he began his more well-known work as the world's most famous Nazi hunter. They are actually very good--full of anger, creativity, even a bit of humor at times. Linz, the publication site of this scarce work, was also where Wiesenthal first began his Nazi-hunting work, based at the Jewish Historical Documentation Center there. OCLC lists 29 copies worldwide. The work is despised by Holocaust deniers; the top google results of a search for this title give angry accusations from deniers Wiesenthal's first book. Several of the images from the book are shown on this site about Wiesenthal: http: //www.simon-wiesenthal-archiv.at/01_wiesenthal/01_biographie/e03_waryears.html. An early, important, artistic, and rare title cited in virtually every work on Mauthausen. A copy sold at auction in 2013 for over $1100.00. Paper browning as generally found in books from early postwar Europe, bit of damge to spine, but otherwise Very Good Condition. (ID #30358) $1000.00.
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  115. Abravanel, Isaac; Moses Alshekh; Constantijn L'Empereur; R. Simeon. דון יצחק אברבניאל ור׳ משה אלשיך על הנבואה הל׳ מישעיה הנביא גם נתוסף מה שהבר ר׳ שמעון מדברי הקדמונים. DON YITSHAK ABRAVANI'EL VE-R. MOSHEH ALSHEKH 'AL HA-NEVU'AH HA-30 MI-YESHA'YAHU HA-NAVI GAM NITVASEF MAH SHE-HIBER R. SHIM'ON MI-DIVRE HA-KADMONIM. = D. ISAACI ABRABANIELIS & R. MOSIS ALSCHECHI COMMENT. IN ESAIAE PROPHETIAM 30: CUM ADDITAMENTO EORUM QUAE R. SIMEON E VETRUM DICTIS COLLEGIT; SUBIUNCTA HIUSMODI REFUTATIONE & TEXTUS NOVA VERSIONE AC PARAPHRASI . Lugduni Batavorum; Ex Officina Bonaventurae & Abrahmi Elzevir, 1631. Later cloth. 12mo. [16], 291, [13] pages. 17 cm. First edition. Text in Latin and Hebrew. Imprint date in Roman numerals. Title page in red and black. Published in Leiden. Commentaries on Isaiah 30, by Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508) and Moses Alshekh (1507-1600) . Translated by Constantijn L'Empereur (1591–1648), a prominent Dutch Hebraist. The translation “is coupled with an attempt at refuting the positions and views of Abravanel and Alshekh. Both Abravanel and Alshekh deal extensively with the nature of the Messiah and the messianic era. Their commentaries were extremely well-known to both Jewish and Christian audiences. Alshekh, in his Bible commentaries, resorted to many allegorical and spiritual interpretations. Moreover, Alshekh himself had been influenced by Abravanel, the statesman, philosopher, and exegete, who fled Spain for Italy in 1492. Abravanel’s lucid style, influenced by Renaissance literary trends, and his elaborate treatment of issues of common concern to both Christians and Jews, together with his citation of Christian views, made him, from a Christian Hebraist perspective, possibly the most significant of Jewish authors, apart from Maimonides. ” (Entry 91, ‘Christian Hebraism: the study of Jewish culture by Christian scholars in medieval and early modern times, proceedings of a colloquium and catalogue of an exhibition’; 1998) . Bound in later cloth, with gilt panel title on spine. Subjects: Bible. Isaiah - Commentaries. Bible. O. T. - Criticism, interpretation, etc, Jewish. Bible. O. T. Isaiah - Commentaries. A fine copy, clean and fresh. Great condition. (KH-1-50) (ID #32116) $1000.00.
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  117. Selden, John; Pieter Van Der Aa; James Ussher, Archbishop Of Armagh. JOH. SELDENUS DE ANNO CIVILI VETERUM IUDÆORUM & JAC. USSERIUS DE MACEDONUM ET ASIANORUM ANNO SOLARI. Ludg. Batavor. [Leiden]; Apud Petrum Van Der Aa, 1683. Later half calf and decorative boards. 12mo. [20], 128, [6], 98, [34] pages. 17 cm. Second Edition. In Latin; Texts of both works in Latin, with some passages in Hebrew and Arabic. Two parts in one. Ussher's "De Macedonum et Asianorum anno solari dissertatio" has separate fly title page. Drop-head title to Selden's work on p.1 (C1 recto): De anno civili veteris ecclesiæ, seu Republicæ Judaicæ dissertatio. Engraved title page only. Some pages in printed in red and black. "Ephemeris anni Macedonici & Asiani cum Juliano collati: ": [34] p. At end. John Selden was one of the earliest to deal with the views of the Karaite Jews, in his ‘De Anno Civili et Calendario Veteris Ecclesiæ seu Reipublicæ Judaicæ’ (1644) . Selden was an “English jurist and Orientalist; born Dec. 16, 1584, at Salvington, Sussex; died at Whitefriars, London, Nov. 30, 1654. He was educated at Oxford, and was admitted to the Inner Temple June 14, 1612. He had the use of the valuable library of Sir Robert Cotton, and became interested in Oriental subjects in his antiquarian researches, the fashion of the time seeking the origin of all things in Hebrew antiquity. He was an exceedingly voluminous writer, and was one of the leading jurists on the side of the Parliamentarians in the struggle which led to the Civil war, undergoing imprisonment for his opinions. Almost all of Selden's works quote and refer to rabbinic opinions. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . ‘De Macedonum et Asianorum anno solari dissertatio’ (1648), a comparative analysis of Grecian, Macedonian, and Julian Calendars; part of James Usshers Annals (Ussher Chronology) ; Ussher (1581-1656) was the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. Our copy is bound in later half calf and marbled boards, marbled outer edges, raised bands, gilt title on spine. Subjects: Jewish calendar - Early works to 1800. Calendar, Macedonian - Early works to 1800. Calendar - Early works to 1800. Karaite Judaism. Christian Hebraism. OCLC lists 24 copies. Old pen marks on top margin of engraved title page, with bookstamp on verso, otherwise exceedingly fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-33) (ID #32099) $400.00.
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  119. Michaelis, Johann Heinrich. GRÜNDLICHER UNTERRICHT VON DEN ACCENTIBUS PROSAICIS UND METRICIS, ODER, DISTINCTIONIBUS DER HEIL. SCHRIFT A.T.: NEBST EINIGER APPLICATION UND BETRACHTUNG ÜBER DEN ANFANG DES I. BUCHS MOSIS UND DEN LXXXII. PSALM: WIE AUCH MIT EINEM VERZEICHNISS DER ANGEFÜHRTEN SCHRIFT-STELLEN. Halle; Gedruckt Und Verlegt Im Wäysenhause, 1755. Contemporary Boards. 12mo. [14], 124, [12] pages. 18 cm. Seventh edition. In German, with Latin and Hebrew. With two fold out charts displaying Hebrew Accent Marks. Hebrew Grammar in the Book of Moses (Institutio de Accentibus Prosaicis et Metricis) written by Johann Heinrich Michaelis, (1668-1738) a “German Christian theologian and Hebraist; born at Kletterberg July 26, 1668; died at Halle March 10, 1738. He studied Ethiopic under Ludolf at Frankfort-on-the-Main, and became assistant professor of Oriental languages at Halle in 1699 and professor of theology in 1709. His chief work was a text of the Hebrew Bible founded on Jablonski, but with a comparison of nineteen printed editions and five manuscripts of Erfurt. This was published in 1720 at Frankfort-on-the-Main and was reprinted throughout the eighteenth century. Some of his critical annotations were published separately in the same year. Michaelis wrote also a Hebrew grammar (1702) ; and two works on Hebrew accents (1696, 1700), the latter of which, ‘Institutio de Accentibus Prosaicis et Metricis, ’ went through five further editions, and was for a long time the standard authority on the subject. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Subjects: Hebrew language - Accents and accentuation. OCLC lists 10 copies (of this edition) . Boards lightly rubbed, very light foxing throughout, overall very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-29) (ID #32095) $175.00.
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  121. Gutzkow, Karl. KÖNIG SAUL. TRAUERSPIEL IN FÜNF AUFZÜGEN. Hamburg; Hoffmann Und Campe, 1839. Original paper wraps. 12mo. 162 pages. 16 cm. First edition. In German. “King Saul. A Tragic-Drama in Five Acts. ” One of the first plays by Karl Ferdinand Gutzkow 1811-1878, Jewish-born dramatist and novelist, Young Hegelian, leading 'member of the "Young Germany" movement, Young Hegelian, and author of the popular play Uriel Acosta (1847), (after its translation one of the most famous and popular plays of the Yiddish theatre as well) . He turned to theatre after the German Federal Assembly banned his works (as well as Heine’s) in 1835. Subjects: Drama (German) . Karl Gutzkow. OCLC lists 15 copies. Foxing throughout, edge wear to pages, light pencil underlining on a few pages, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (KH-1-11) (ID #32077) $100.00.
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  123. Buxtorf, Johann, 1564-1629. JOHANNIS BUXTORFI LEXICON HEBRAICUM & CHALDAICUM: COMPLECTENS OMNES VOCES, TAM PRIMAS QUAM DERIVATAS, QUAE IN SACRIS BIBLIIS. HEBRAEÂ, & EX PARTE CHALDAEÂ LINGUÂ SCRIPTIS, EXTANT: INTERPRETATIONIS FIDE, EXEMPLORUM BIBLICORUM COPIÂ LOCORUM PLURIMORUM DIFF. HEBRAEORUM COMMENTARIIS EXPLICATIONE, AUCTUM & ILLUSTRATUM. ACCESSIT LEXICON BREVE RABBINICO-PHILOSOPHICUM, COMMUNIORA VOCABULA CONTINENS, QUAE IN COMMENTARIIS PASSIM OCCURRUNT. CUM INDICE LOCORUM SCRIPTURAE & VOCUM LATINO. Basilea; Joh. Philippi Richteri, 1710. Contemporary Full Vellum. 12mo. [18], 976, [76] pages. 17 cm. Eleventh edition (revised and improved) . In Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic. With frontispiece portrait. Lexicon Hebraicum et Chaldaicum (An Aramaic, Talmudic and Rabbinic Lexicon) by Johannes Buxtorf the elder, who taught Hebrew at Basel University from 1590-1629 and was justly known as one of the finest European Hebrew scholars of his day. “A labor of twenty years, and of nine years by his son Johannes ‘the Younger’ (1599-1664), this opus postumus is the work on which Buxtorf the Elder’s fame chiefly rests. Despite numerous imperfections, it became indispensable, with its elaborate definitions of many terms the Christian reader of rabbinics would likely find unfamiliar. ” (Harvard Judaica Department; Christian Hebraism) . Subjects: Hebrew language - Dictionaries - Latin. Aramaic language - Dictionaries - Latin. Philology. Christian Hebraism. Vellum lightly soiled, frontispiece page loose, ex-libris marking on spine, otherwise, fresh and clean. Good + condition. (KH-1-27) (ID #32093) $300.00.

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  125. GAMLA JUDISKA GRAVPLATSER I STOCKHOLM. Stockholm, Judiska litteratursamfundet, 1927. Paper Wrappers, 8vo, xxi, 162 pages, including 44 photos (most close-ups of individual stones) , & 2 fold-out maps. 29 cm. Series: Its Skriftserie, VIII. The tombstone inscriptions were copied and translated by Moses Fried. "Redigeringen har varit anförtrodd åt fil. Kand. Leon Fried. " --from the forword. Subject: Epitaphs -- Jews. Epitaphs -- Sweden -- Stockholm. (w-95) Glossy paper and fold-out map are in excellent condition. Lacks outer covers, and binding is starting to split. (k-mx2-27). (#9921) $300.00

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  127. South African Jewish Board of Deputies. REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: APRIL 1919 – AUGUST 1962 (consecutive run including final issue). Johannesburg, South Africa; South African Jewish Board of Deputies. 1919-1962. Original Wrappers. 8vo. 23cm. 19 consecutive reports submitted to the Fourth through Twenty-third national congresses of the Jewish Board of Deputies. “Today the SAJBD [South African Jewish Board of Deputies] represents nearly all of the Jewish community institutions and synagogues, works as a watchdog against anti-Semitic articles in the media, examines legislation concerning the Jewish community and maintains contact with Diaspora communities world-wide, as well other political and religious organizations in South Africa.” (jewishvirtuallibrary.org) Descriptions of the Jewish Board of Deputies positions on Zionism, persecution and violence against Jews in Europe and the resettlement and emigration of European Jews. OCLC lists only 3 runs worldwide (NYPL. Brandeis, NLI), and a few list single issues. All spines rebacked. Some shelf wear, showing on certain volumes more than others. Text is clean and fresh. Overall good+ condition. (SAJBD1) $2000.00

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  129. • REVISED ACTS AND ORDINANCES OF LOWER-CANADA. A COMPREHENSIVE STATUTE-BOOK CONTAINING ALL LEGISLATION ENACTED TO DATE REGARDING THE PROVINCE OF LOWER CANADA [I.E. QUEBEC]. Montreal, 1845. 1st edition. Original publisher's cloth, 4to (large), xiii, 716 pages. “An Act to Declare Persons Professing the Jewish Religion, Entitled to all the Rights and Privileges of the other Subjects of His Majesty in this Province.”     Enacted in 1831-2, the first year of the reign of King William IV, the Act is cited as I Will IV Cap. 57 and appears here on p. 33. This notable piece of legislation reads in its entirety: “Whereas doubts have arisen whether persons professing the Jewish Religion are, by law, entitled to many of the privileges enjoyed by the other subjects of His Majesty within this Province: Be it therefore enacted that all persons professing the Jewish Religion being natural-born British subjects inhabiting and residing in this Province, are entitled and shall be deemed, adjudged and taken to be entitled to the full rights and privileges of the other subjects of His Majesty, his Heirs or Successors, to all intents, constructions and purposes whatsoever, and capable of taking, having and enjoying any office or place of trust whatsoever, within this Province.”     Also enacted and appearing on pp. 622-23 of this volume, the right was granted to Jews to have “fit and proper places of worship and of burial.” Rabbis were also granted the privilege of keeping their own register of births, marriages and burials of their member-communities.     If the intention of such legislation was to encourage Jewish migration to British Canada to help erode the French-identified Catholic majority, it had only limited success. In 1831 there were only 107 Jews in Lower Canada and 50 years later, in 1881, just 2,393 in the whole country. It took not political emancipation but the pogroms in Russia to meaningfully develop the Jewish population of Canada, such that by 1920 it exceeded 125,000 Jews. A copy lacking the original binding sold at auction in 2013 for over) $2200. Our copy has the scarce original publisher's binding with original paper spine label. Spine lable chipped, repair to cloth, internally extremely clean, far better than usually found.) $2000

     

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  130. Muhammad Qasim Hindu Shah Astarabadi Firishtah; Dow, Alexander; Claude François Bergier; Sabatier De Castres, Abbé; . DE LA RELIGION DES BRAHMINES. DISSERTATION SUR LES MOEURS, LES USAGES, LE LANGAGE, LA RELIGION ET LA PHILOSOPHIE DES HINDOUS: SUIVIE D'UNE EXPOSITION GÉNÉRALE ET SUCCINCTE DU GOUVERNEMENT . & DE L'ÉTAT ACTUEL DE L'HINDOSTAN. [BOUND WITH] APOLOGIE DE SPINOSA ET DU SPINOSISME, CONTRE LES ATHÉES, LES INCRÉDULES ET CONTRE LES THÉOLOGIENS SCOLASTIQUES PLATONICIENS. Paris; Fournier Frères / Paris; Pissot, 1769; 1810. Contemporary morocco. 12mo. XXIV, 213 pages. IV, 136; 17 cm. In French. De la religion des Brahmines, first French edition. Apologie Du Spinosa, second printing. A travelogue on the mores, customs, language, religion, and philosophy of Hinduism, contains two folded engraved tables; French translation from ‘On the Origin and Nature of Despotism in Hindostan’ by Alexander Dow. The translator, Claude Francois Bergier (1721-1784), was a French Jurist, writer, and English translator (including Ferguson’s ‘Essay on Civil Society’) . “An Apology for Spinoza and Spinozism”, contains ‘Lettre à M. Helvetius’ dated ‘15 juillet 1766’: pages [125]-136 (Letter to Helvetius in the 1810 edition, absent from the 122 page Altona 1805 edition) . Bound in contemporary morocco, with gilt tooled edges and spine, decorative endpages. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. India - History. Mogul Empire. OCLC lists 17 copies of Apologie Du Spinosa; 8 copies of De la religion des Brahmines, which sold for ove USD 6700 alone at auction in 2011. Light rubbing to extremities of morocco, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-6) (ID #32072) $6250.00.
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  132. Johnstone, Charles. THE PILGRIM, OR, A PICTURE OF LIFE: IN A SERIES OF LETTERS, WRITTEN MOSTLY FROM LONDON BY A CHINESE PHILOSOPHER TO HIS FRIEND AT QUANG-TONG: CONTAINING REMARKS UPON THE LAWS, CUSTOMS, AND MANNERS OF THE ENGLISH AND OTHER NATIONS: ILLUSTRATED BY A VARIETY OF CURIOUS AND INTERESTING ANECDOTES AND CHARACTERS DRAWN FROM REAL LIFE. BY THE AUTHOR OF CHRYSAL. [TWO VOLUMES COMPLETE]. London; Printed For T. Cadell In The Strand And W. Flexney In Holborn, 1775. Original full calf. 12mo. 287; 267 pages. 18 cm. First edition. Two volume set. Author of Chrysal = Charles Johnston. An edition was published in Dublin the same year. Charles Johnstone (c.1719–1800) was an early Irish novelist; “prevented by deafness from practising at the Irish Bar, he went to India, where he was proprietor of a newspaper. He wrote one successful book, Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea, a somewhat sombre satire, and some others now utterly forgotten. ” (Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, 1910) . “The Pilgrim, offers a series of observations and epistolary reflections by a Chinese pilgrim, Choang, travelling to Britain via Bengal, to his correspondent and friend, the supreme mandarin of Quang-Tong, commenting with artful naivete on British culture and the pleasures of London in the manner of Walpole's A Letter to Xo Ho, A Chinese Philosopher at London, to his friend Lien Chi at Peking (1757) and Goldsmith's Citizen of the World (1762) . ” (‘A 'Teague' and a 'True Briton': Charles Johnstone, Ireland and Empire’ By Roberts, Daniel Sanjiv article in ‘Irish University Review: a journal of Irish Studies’, Vol. 41, No. 1) . Bound in original full calf, with decorative gilt along edges of leather, six gilt panels on spine, green/gilt and red/gilt panel title on spine. Subjects: Epistolary fiction - England - 18th century. OCLC lists 17 copies. Back board hinge of volume one loose, all hinges starting, two panels on spine rubbed out, very light foxing to endpages, water stain to bottom margins of first and last page of both volumes, part of leather on bottom edges appears to have been synched by fire; internally very fresh and clean however. Good + condition. (KH-1-48) (ID #32114) $1200.00.
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  134. Southcott, Joanna; Ann Underwood; Jane Townley; W Marchant; T Huntley; William Tozer; Samuel Hirst; William Wadman; James Light; Edmund Baker; Charles Bradley; John Nesbit; Theodore Turpin. BOOK OF WONDERS [SOUTHCOTT BOOK OF WONDERS VOLUMES 1-5, BOUND TOGETHER; BOUND WITH FOUR SOUTHCOTT PAMPHLETS]. London; Printed By Marchant And Galabin, Ingram-Court, 1813-1814. Later half calf. 8vo. 88; 116; 64; 80; 72; 64; 48; 24; 40 pages. 22 cm. First edition. A collection of Joanna Southcott’s last writings. Nine volumes, from the same printer, same writer (s), bound together, including: “The book of wonders, marvellous and true” 1813; “The second book of wonders, more marvellous than the first”, 1813; “The third book of wonders, announcing the coming of Shiloh: with a call to the Hebrews, from Isaiah xi, ‘And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. ’ Revelation xxii. 16, 17, ‘I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. ’ Here is the call to the Jews, to answer, how they will expect the branch, without the root, whom they cut off, and set at nought” 1814; “The fourth book of wonders: being the answer of the Lord to the Hebrews”, 1814; “The fifth book of wonders: announcing the event having taken place, which was promised in the fourth book should be in May: with a further explanation of the four former books ; also an answer to the address of the Rev. James Hearn, Curate of Brixham, Devon; and to the mockery of others”, 1814; and four pamphlets: “Copies of letters sent to the clergy of Exeter, from 1796 to 1800, with communications and prophecies put in the newspapers in 1813”; “Wisdom excelleth the weapons of war: and herein is shewn that judgments are the strange works of the Lord, but mercy His darling attribute”, 1814; “A communication sent in a letter to the Reverend Mr. P. In 1797, with an explanation thereon now given”, 1814; “Prophecies announcing the birth of the Prince of Peace”, 1814. All publications “Printed by W. Marchant, Ingram Court”, and end on this note "The above taken from Joanna Southcott's mouth, by me, Ann Underwood. " Nine publications by Joanna Southcott (1750-1814), prophet and writer, who started the Southcottian movement with her phrophecies, gaining many adherents from Richard Brothers after his arrest: “One of the most significant of her London converts was Jane Townley, who not only invited Southcott, in April 1804, to become part of her household, but also did all she could to promote Southcott's writings and cause, including providing her maidservant, Ann Underwood, to act as Southcott's accomplished and devoted amanuensis. With the steadfast assistance of Foley, Sharp, and others, the three women became the nerve centre for the Southcottian movement, which generated an astonishing degree of interest, correspondence, and debate regarding Southcott's prophetic claims. Between 1801 and 1814, Southcott published some sixty-five pamphlets, totalling almost 5000 pages; moreover, her unpublished manuscripts amount to twice the number of pages in print. By one conservative estimate, a total of 108, 000 copies of her various works were published and circulated from 1801 to 1816, making her one of the most popular writers of her time (Hopkins, 84) . One reason for the immediate appeal of her texts is their unique mix of apocalyptic optimism with down-to-earth narratives about everyday life, which she converts to spiritual account. … In 1814 Southcott carried the claim to a new level when she announced that she was about to become the mother of Shiloh, the name given to the expected divine incarnation. The revelation was made explicit in The Third Book of Wonders, Announcing the Coming of Shiloh (1814), and Prophecies Announcing the Birth of the Prince of Peace (1814), which collected extractions from earlier writings that seemed to anticipate this new revelation. … After Southcott's death the movement splintered and prophets of Shiloh proliferated, among which John Ward's Shilohites and John Wroe's Christian Israelites were the most prominent. A core of her inner circle kept the faith quietly, remaining loyal to Southcott's work, as signified by their protection of the ‘great box’, which contained the sealed prophecies that were to be opened some time in the unspecified future by the bishops. ” (Oxford National Biography, 2004) . Bound in half calf with marbled boards, with gilt title on spine. Subjects: Prophecies. Southcott Movement – Prior to 1815. OCLC lists less than 23 copies per each of these publications included in this bound collection. Light wear to leather. Light foxing and light soiling to a few pages throughout, overall, fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-46) (ID #32112) $5,000.00.