London, E.W. Rabinowicz (printer), 1893. Item #42344
1st edition. Original printed paper wrappers bound into stiff pamphlet protector, 8vo, 15 pages. “Till the [eighteen-] seventies, the number of Jews resident in the district converging on Kingsland Road was extremely small. A vigorous impetus was given to this number, however, by the demolition of many old streets in the East End, which sent multitudes away from that region to find a new home in Dalston. As the North London Synagogue the nearest house of worship to the Jewish inhabitants of Dalston- was much too distant, the desire for a local Synagogue soon began to be felt, and only required the zeal and energy of an enthusiast to give it actuality and form. Such an enthusiast was found in the person of Mr. Elias Cohen, who had not long previously moved to Dalston from the City….It was not long after his arrival in the North of London that the movement for the formation of a new Congregation began to take practical shape. On May 3rd, 1874, a date of considerable importance in the annals of Dalston Jewry, the first meeting was held for the purpose of taking measures for the erection of a Synagogue for the Jewish inhabitants of the Dalston and Hackney districts” (Wasserzug, 1910). (For a full history of the congregation up through 1910, see “The Dalston Synagogue: an historical sketch….[London?]: Birn Bros., 1910, online at https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t3tt4hb8d&view=1up&se q=1). We could locate not a single copy of this booklet anywhere: not on OCLC, not on KVK, not in the British Library. Extremely rare, perhaps a unique surviving copy. Wrappers rubbed, some foxing to pages, about Very Good- Condition. Exceedingly rare. (BR-12-16).