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Discourses of the Ecclesiastical and Civil Polity of the Jews
1709. An Important Source of Information About Jewish Law and Custom in Seventeenth-Century England Abendana, Isaac [1650-1720]. Discourses of the Ecclesiastical and Civil Polity of the Jews. Viz. Of Their Courts of Judicature. Laws Concerning Tithes. Institution of the Priesthood. Their Liturgy. Their Schools. Their Feasts, Fasts, Coins, Weights, and Measures. Written by Isaac Abendana, A Learned Jew. Being Very Useful for Divines of all Perswasions. London: Printed for Samuel Ballard, 1709. [viii], 100 [i.e.200] pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards with later rebacking, front free endpaper and rear endleaves renewed, speckled edges. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, some chipping to spine ends, corners bumped, rear hinge starting, crack in text block between pp. 196 and 197. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting in a few places. Later annotations in pencil to rear endleaf, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A nice copy of a scarce title, very few copies of this edition in North America. * Second and final edition, a reissue of the first edition with a cancel title page. Born in Spain, Abendana, a member of the Sephardic community, was hakam (local rabbi) of the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue in London. He also pursued an academic career. He taught Hebrew at Cambridge University and went on to join the faculty of Magdalen College, Oxford. A prolific writer, he was England's authority on Jewish religion, culture and law. This reputation was due in part to his annual Oxford Almanack. In addition to the expected almanac topics, each issue contained information about Jewish customs, laws and other matters. The Discourses collect the Jewish-related material from his almanacs. Counting both editions, OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (at the Library of Congress, New York University and UC-Berkeley, which have the first edition, and Harvard, which has the second). English Short-Title Catalogue T32015.
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