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[Judaica]. Irving, Christopher
A Catechism of Jewish Antiquities; Containing an Account of the Classes, Institutions, Rites, Ceremonies, Manners, Customs, &c. of the Ancient Jews
New York: F. & R. Lockwood, 1824. Very good.. 80pp. plus frontispiece. 12mo. Original printed stiff wrappers; later paper spine. Light wear and soiling to wrappers, contemporary ownership inscription on front cover. Lightly foxed. Second American edition, after the first of 1822. The sixth part of Irving's catechism series, issued in twelve total parts, though the only one related to Judaism. The work is divided into three books describing the Civil State, Ecclesiastical State, and Domestic Condition. Subjects covered include the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Sabbath, synagogues and other places of divine worship, annual religious festivals, marriage and other domestic matters, etc. The whole text is couched in the past tense and seems to focus primarily on historical Israelites. The frontispiece depicts a Passover Seder, in which the participants are clothed in historical robes. Relatively scarce. OCLC locates four copies of this second edition -- New York Public Library, University of Pennsylvania, Salem Academy in North Carolina, and the University of Liverpool. The cover of this copy bears the ownership inscription of Moses Lyman, dated December 3, 1824.Shoemaker 16677. Rosenbach 257.
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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