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Bible. O.T. Ecclesiastes. English. Jastrow. 1927. The gentle cynic, being a translation of the book of Koheleth, known as a Ecclesiastes by Morris Jastrow, Jr. [colophon: San Francisco: printed & bound at the Grabhorn Press ... for The Book Club of California], 1927. Small 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.5").  pp.; illus. $125.00
A gorgeously produced reprinting of Jastrow's 1919 translation (Philadelphia, Lippincott) of Ecclesiates: The caption title of the introduction, the half-title, the paragraph numbers, and the colophon are printed in red, with 20 initials in red or blue, four in gold, and the headpiece in black, done by Valenti Angelo and printed on exquisite Whatman paper. The edition was limited to 250 copies, this being number 83.
Oscar Lewis in his introduction to this work aptly and succinctly describes its translator Morris Jastrow, Jr. (1861–1921) as "[t]he most highly accredited Orientalist in the United States" [p. 5]. Born in Poland, he was raised from the age of five in Philadelphia and returned to Europe to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Leipzig (1884). In 1892 he was elected the chair of Semitic languages at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1898 was appointed the librarian of the university, and later was a research professor of Assyriology.
The Gentle Cynic was publication 27 of the Book Club of California and was a companion piece to its earlier-printed (1922) Jastrow translation of The Song of Songs.
Heller, Grabhorn Press 1915-1940, 91; Magee & Magee, Book Club of California, 27. Publisher's stiff parchment with ties (originally green, now faded to off-white), in a brown paper–covered open-back slipcase. Cockling of the paper; fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Very good. (38867) Please RESHELVE This.
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