Catalogue of the Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition, London 1888 (49760)

Limited deluxe edition copy 42 of 250.

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Lot Number: 49760
Title (English): Catalogue of the Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition
Note: Limited deluxe edition copy 42 of 250.
Author: Joseph Jacobs and Lucien Wolf
City: London
Publisher: Frank Haes
Publication Date: 1888
Estimated Price: $500.00 USD - $1,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

Only edition, xxvi, 214 pp., illustrated, facsims., small folio, 290:192 mm., wide margins, light age toning, ex-libris stamps, several of final 5 ff creased with tears. A very good copy bound in contemporary quarter leather over boards, front paned detached, rubbed.

Limited deluxe edition copy 42 of 250.

 

Detail Description

This is a deluxe copy of an extremely important catalogue of Judaica. The exhibition was the first major exposition organized to further interest in the preservation of Judaic Art and artifacts. "The negatives were taken by Mr. Frank Haes ... on the Eastman negative paper in McKellan's roller slide; the prints have been printed in collotype by the Autotype Company, and are the first from such negatives which have been published in England" -- T.p.verso.

The first time Jewish ceremonial art was ever displayed in a public forum was the exhibition of eighty-two items from the Straus collection at the Exposition Universelle at the Palais de Trocadero in Paris 1878. The collection was later shown at the Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition in London in 1887, where, although the exhibition’s focus was on Anglo-Jewish history, the objects were intended to represent the finest of Jewish ritual artifacts.” see Grossman – Jewish Museums of the World page 16. This is probably the be the FIRST illustrated catalogue of Jewish ceremonial art. Two versions of the catalogue a small text only version with papers covers and this much larger deluxe edition with photographic illustrations.

The pogroms in Russia following the assassination of Alexander II led many Jewish scholars in Europe to examine closely the history and culture of their people. Over three months in 1887 the Anglo-Jewish Historical Exhibition in London aimed 'to promote knowledge of Anglo-Jewish History; to create a deeper interest in its records and relics, and to aid in their preservation', while also determining 'the extent of the materials which exist for the compilation of a History of the Jews in England'. Artifacts illuminating this history, together with religious art and miscellaneous antiquities, were placed on public display and a series of lectures was given. Various academic enterprises, including the Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica - also edited by Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916) and Lucien Wolf (1857-1930) were undertaken as a direct result of this important event. The descriptive catalogue of exhibits is also well illustrated with a number of full-page photographs.

 

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