The Book of Religion; Ceremonies and Prayers, Gamaliel ben Pedahzur, London1738 (45772)

First English translation of the Hebrew prayer book

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Lot Number: 45772
Title (English): The Book of Religion; Ceremonies and Prayers of the Jews
Note: First English translation of the Hebrew prayer book
Author: Gamaliel ben Pedahzur [Abraham Mears]
City: London
Publisher: J. Wilcox
Publication Date: 1738
Estimated Price: $6,000.00 USD - $10,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition, xiv, 96; 291, [7] pp., octavo, 197:120 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed. Very rare.

First English translation of the Hebrew prayer book

 

Detail Description

The Book of Religion; Ceremonies and Prayers of the Jews is the first English translation of the Hebrew prayer book by Gamaliel ben Pedahzur (a pseudonym for Abraham Mears an apostate). The real name of the author was concealed from the leaders of the Jewish community of London, who would not sanction the English translation. The printing in England of the second English translation, by Isaac Pinto, was similarly opposed, and the translator had it printed by John Holt in New York, in 1766.

 

Hebrew Description...

 

Reference Description  

Roth, Anglo-Judaica p. 302 #6