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Bible. O. T. Hebrew. 1856. [three words in Hebrew, romanized as] Torah, Nevi'im u-Khetuvim, [then] seu Biblia Hebraica secundum editiones Joh. Athiae, Joannis Leusden, Jo. Simonis aliorumque, imprimis Everardi van der Hooght, ... Henrici Opitii et Wolfii Heidenheim, cum additionibus clavique Masoretica et rabbinica Augusti Hahn. Philadelphiae: sumptibus Joannis W. Moore ... typis L. Johnson et Soc. Philadelphiae, 1856. 8vo (22 cm; 8.5"). xx, , 1416 pp. $675.00
The first Hebrew Bible printed in America edited by an American Jewish scholar here in its fourth edition; the first had appeared in 1848. This landmark of American Jewish scholarship is from thepen of Isaac Leeser (1806–68), a Prussian-born rabbi and educator who established the first rabbinical seminary in the United States (Maimonides College) and also founded The Occident, the first American Hebrew periodical. Leeser was aided by Joseph Jaquett (1794–1869), a Philadelphia-based Episcopalian minister.
Leeser took as his basic text the Tauchnitz "Editio stereotypa" of 1831, which enjoyed the cumulative scholarship of Johannes Leusden (1624–99), Johann Simonis (1698–1768), Everardus van der Hooght (1642?–1716), and August Hahn (1792–1863). This text is also stereotyped and is printed with the points (i.e., vocalized).
Beyond scope of Singer, Judaica Americana; too late for Rosenbach, Jewish. Mid-19th-century half black roan, interestingly gilt-tooled round spine without raised bands; stone-pattern marbled paper over boards and all edges red, with joints (outside) lightly rubbed as are the boards. Light discoloration of pastedowns; text clean. A good++ copy, neat and solid. (37221) Please RESHELVE This.
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