New York: Nehemiah S. Libowitz, 1907. Item #37472
1st Edition. Original boards. 8vo. 24, 72, 32, 56 pages. 23 cm. Goldman 442. 1 of only 100 copies printed in black ink (and only 200 copies total) . Rabbi and poet Ezekiel Leavitt’s copy, with his stamp. Title translates to “The Hearing of Isaac. ” Section headings beautifully illustrated. “An Anthology of Wit, Humor, Anecdotes and Curiosities. Selected from Talmudic, medieval and modern Jewish literature, arranged according to Chapter and verse of the Bible. . . ” (English title page. ) Libowitz, a rabbi, polemicist and hebraist, hoped by publishing this work to combat an anti-Semitic charge that the Jewish canon was humorless. Only 100 copies were printed of this edition, and a further 100 copies in red ink for the author’s own use. SUBJECT(S) Jewish wit and humor. OCLC lists 15 copies worldwide. Lacks backstrip. Institutional copy with usual markings. Otherwise Very Good condition. (AMR-50-12).