INSTRUCTION IN THE MOSAIC RELIGION

Philadelphia: Adam Waldie, 1830. Hardcover. Item #41811

1st edition. Period half red morocco over marbled boards, 8vo, viii, 139 pages. In English with some Hebrew. The first book by Isaac Leeser printed in America.as well as the first Religious Manual For The Jews of America. It is the English translation by Isaac Leeser of a composition in German by a teacher in a Jewish school in Frankfurt am Main, instructing Jewish youth as to the principles of religion. Included is an appendix at the end, and a short account of the Jewish ceremonial laws and customs. Leeser (1806-1868), was the leader of American Traditional Jewry in America as well as a philosopher, literary editor, translator of the Bible into English and composer of numerous essays and sermons. Leeser dedicated the book to his uncle, Zalma Rehine of Richmond, Virginia, who was Leeser’s sponsor and benefactor in this country, having brought him over from Germany. The title describes Johlson a “teacher of an Israelitish School at Frankford on the Maine.” Somewhat ironincally, Johlson (1777-1851), the son of the rabbi of Fulda, was closely associated with the emerging Reform movement in Germany. While Leeser, here his translator, became the great defender of Orthodoxy AGAINST the reform movement in 19th Century America. See Lance J. Sussman, "Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism" (1995), pp. 67-70. Institutional bookplate and spine label removed, no other markings. Heavy wear to spine, boards worn as well, especially at corners. Little bit of spotting but very clean inside, Call it good condition overall. Important. (KH-8-55A).

Price: $600.00