Philadelphia: Printed for the Author By Jones & Thacher, 1867. First Edition Thus. Item #41366

5627 [1867]. Original publisher's boards, 12mo, vi 212 pages. The "Stereotyped" edition, revised, based on the 3rd revised and enlarged edition (The 1st edition was issued in 1830) . With a new preface by Leeser, and including Leeser's original preface (preface to the 1st edition) and, of course, his additions and changes of the preceding 37 years. A work primarily directed at American Jewish juvenile of the early and mid 19th Century. "Leeser's career as a translator also began in Philadelphia in 1830 with the publication of his rendering from German of J. Johlson's Instruction in the Mosaic Religion. Leeser, as part of his ongoing efforts to contribute to the development of Jewish education and culture in America, translated a number of important works into English from German, Spanish, French and Hebrew." (University of Pennsylvania). "Leeser brought with him to Philadelphia his translation of J. Johlson's Instruction in the Mosaic Religion. He had it published there in 1830, appropriately dedicated to his uncle Zalman Rehine. The book is a catechism published in Germany and translated and adapted by Leeser for 'the instruction of the younger...of Israelites of both sexes, who have previously acquired some knowledge of the fundamental part...of their religion.' Leeser undertook its publication because there was a great scarcity of elementary textbooks for Jewish children. It is significant that this Instruction in the Mosaic Religion, Leeser's first issued work, is a textbook of religious instruction for the young, for though Leeser attained distinction as an author, translator, editor, and a national leader of the American Jewish community, he considered himself, first and foremost, an educator." (Jewish Virtual Library). Spine rebacked, lacks blank front endpaper. Ex-library with usual marks, including stamps on title page. Good Condition (AMR-57-6).

Price: $500.00

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