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ACHRACH, Jezer ben (pseud.) [= Christoph Gottlieb RICHTER].
Very rare anti-semitic Indian-Jewish Robinsonade with imaginary voyages from India to Portugal, Spain and the West and East Indies
Der jüdische Robinson beschrieben durch Jezer ben Achrach Pfleger der Schulen zu Constantinople, in India, Arabia, Persien, und Egypten, und Deutinger der Juden Gesez-Buch und Dolmetscher aller Sprachen in Orient."Trankebar" [= Tharangambadi, India, but printed and published in Nürnberg], [Gabriel Nikolaus Raspe?], "5808" [= 1759]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a woodcut vignette on the title-page and woodcut head and tail pieces (plus a headpiece built up from rococo typographic ornaments). Modern marbled boards with red morocco spine label lettered in gold, new endpapers. [16], 204 pp. Very rare first edition of an anti-semitic fictional story of a wealthy Jewish merchant from Rasapur in Gujarat, who fled India and then Spain, shipwrecked on the way to the Dutch East Indies, and lived on a deserted island: a so-called Robinsonade, published 40 years after Defoes Robinson Crusoe. It purports to have been written in Tharangambadi by Jezer ben Achrach, "Schwäher" (son-in-law?: he seems more likely a nephew or grand nephew) of the protagonist Robinson ben Achrach, but it is attributed to the Nürnberg lawyer and satirical writer Christoph Gottlieb Richter (1716/17-1774), who used this and several other Jewish pseudonyms for his anti-semitic publications. This curious work is very rare, only 2 copies appear in WorldCat: at Oxford and Yale Universities. In 1892 a second edition appeared at Nürnberg, which is more common.With a small mark in red ink in the top right corner of the title-page, paper slightly browned, as usual in 18th-century German books. Otherwise in very good co … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: ASHER RARE BOOKS [Utrecht, The Netherlands]

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