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Songs of Exile by Hebrew Poets. Translated by Nina Davis
Philadelphia and London: The Jewish Publication Society of America and Jewish Historical Publication Society of England 1901. First edition. Text in English. Fine in slightly age-toned, near fine dustwrapper with shallow nicking at the spine ends. According to Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia Nina Ruth Davis Salaman was "a well-regarded Hebraist, known especially for her translations of medieval Hebrew poetry, at a time when Jewish scholarship in Europe was a male preserve. In addition to her translations, she published historical and critical essays, book reviews, and an anthology of Jewish readings for children, as well as poetry of her own." And further "More daringly, on Friday evening, December 5, 1919, she became the first---and only---woman to preach in an Orthodox synagogue in Britain when she spoke on the weekly portion to the Cambridge Hebrew Congregation. The event caused a stir even outside the Jewish community, The Times remarking that on this question Judaism was in advance of Christianity." Davis was also a passionate Jewish Nationalist, and the daughter of Arthur Davis, who headed the Mahzor Project that created the most complete and modern translation of Hebrew liturgy up until that time. Upon her father's death, Nina combined with her close friend Israel Zangwill to create the Arthur Davis Memorial Lecture Series (Zangwill delivered the first lecture, "The Chosen People"). The correspondence of Nina Davis Salaman and Zangwill comprise a significant amount of the known biographical information about Zangwill. Copies of this title are reasonably common, but rare (or perhaps unique) in the printed jacket.
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