New York: Henry Frank, 1854. Item #42040
1st edition. Period-style gilt tooled Morocco leather. 12mo, various pagination (aprox 475 pages total) . Singerman 1285, Goldman 40. The first Ashkenazi machzor printed in America. Based upon the celebrated Wolf Heidenheim edition, Henry (Chaim) Frank of New York published in 1854 2 prayer-books for the Days of Awe: This volume for the New Year, as well as a volume for Yom Kipur. He issued this set following the Polish tradition and, simultaneously, a set following the German tradition. This enabled the newly rising community of Central European Jews to conduct services according to their own custom, as opposed to that of the Sephardic rite. Frank went on in later years to issue other volumes for other Holidays. A set (New Year and Yom Kipur) of the German tradition set with repairs sold at auction for over $17,000 with commissions in 2012. No copies from the Polish set have ever appeared at major Auction. New Year's Volume has Hebrew title page 1/7 in original in 6/7 in professional facsimile (English title page and all text pages original) in spine professionally repaired with original backstrip attractively laid down; Atonement volume in all original binding with wear, especially at foot of spine. Some foxing as expected. Together a very attractive, very good condition set of this exceedingly rare and important high point in American Jewish liturgical history. (AMR-69-13-D).