Richmond, Va. : Ezekiel & Bass, 1893. Hardcover. Item #28577
1st edition. Original Cloth, 12mo, 108, 95 pages. The First Hebrew book published in Richmond. Edward Nathan Calisch (1865-1946) “was a prominent American Reform Rabbi….in the second graduating class of Hebrew Union College. In 1887, Calisch accepted a pulpit in Peoria, Illinois. In 1891, he became rabbi of Congregation Beth Ahabah in Richmond, Virginia. In 1893, Calisch's congregation felt the need for a more modern prayer ritual. They authorized Calisch to revise a prayer-book. That prayer book was the first Hebrew book printed in Richmond….Calisch was a prominent figure in Richmond's civic life, where his talents as an orator were much in demand. In 1915 he gave an speech in support of women's suffrage from the steps of the state capitol. He was an executive member of the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Welfare Board, the Joint Distribution Committee and the Virginia War History Commission” (Wikipedia). SUBJECT(S) : Siddurim -- Texts. Reform Judaism -- Liturgy -- Texts. Judaism -- Liturgy – Texts. Wear to boards, spine rebound in black cloth tape. Pages lightly tanned. OCLC: 49836012. OCLC lists only 5 copies worldwide (JTS, HUC, NYPL, Univ. Virginia, Point Loma Nazarene University) . Pages 33-34, 57-60 missing. Spine rebacked, some singnatures starting, otherwise Good condition copy of a rare and important Southern Reform prayerbook. (DREYFUS-4-1).