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The Great Synagogue, London, 1690-1940 - ROTH, Cecil - 1950. 
Edward Goldston & Son London 1950 - First edition, copy number 50 out of limited edition of 100 printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author. Royal 8vo., (25.5 x 19 cm); 311 pp., colour frontispiece, 75 plates, original dark blue morocco gilt, top edge gilt, light wear, an excellent copy. A beautiful copy of this essential source for the study of Anglo-Jewish history. Having been out of print for almost half a century, it became a rare volume, especially in such fine condition. The Great Synagogue, the history of which is discussed here in detail, was for centuries the centre of Ashkenazi Jewish life. It was constructed following the return of Jews to England in the 17th century, making it the earliest Ashkenazi synagogue in London. The building was subsequently destroyed in the London Blitz on 10th May 1941. Cecil Roth (1899-1970) was an Oxford-educated Jewish historian and educator, as well as a prolific writer of more than 600 works. In addition to his histories of the Jews in England and in Italy, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica from 1965 until his death. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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