New York: No Publisher [Jewish Messinger?], 1855. Hardback. Item #42039
1st edition. Original gilt-tooled illustrated full leather, 12mo 323 pages. THE FIRST REFORM PRAYERBOOK IN AMERICA, ONE OF TWO VOLUMES (The other volume, Vol I, was “Daily Prayers”). Singerman 1384; Goldman 41, Deinard 967. 18 cm. On Title page: “Revised By Dr.L. Merzbacher, Rabbi At The Temple ‘Emanu-El.’" Published the year before Merzberger’s death in 1856, when he was succeed by Samuel Adler. Leo Merzbacher (1809-1856), a native of Fuerth, Germany, was the first Reform Rabbi in America. His congregation, Temple Emanu-El utilized his prayer book (with revisions by Adler) from 1855 until 1895 whereupon it adopted the Union Prayer Book.Lacks a printer’s statement; printing by the Jewish Messenger is suggested by Goldman. SUBJECT(S): Judaism -- Liturgy -- Texts. Judai¨sme -- Liturgie -- Textes. OCLC: 19186429. Singerman & OCLC together list only 5 holdings worldwide (JTS, Harvard, Yale, HUC, LOC). Rubbing and some stains to boards, but binding is strong, and gilt tooling and leather remain very attractive. Some spotting, Very Good- Condition. Bookplate on pastedown, Synagogue stamp on blank endpaper, Pencilled 19th Century Jewish gift inscription on blank endpaper. An attractive copy of this very rare and important siddur volume. (AMR-69-12).