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Auction 72: March 16th, 2017

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Lot: 208 (SWEDEN). (Marcus Maure). Öfwersättning af den hebräiska låfsång, som förleden fredag, wid allmänna frögdebetygelserne afsöngs på judiske hufwudmannen Gumperts Hirtschs föranstaltande, i synagogan hos Aaron Isaac på Riddareholmen. pp. (4). Unbound. 4to.

J.C. Holmberg, Stockholm: 1788. Est: $2,000 - $3,000

-"Translation of the Hebrew Song of Praise that was sung last Friday, accompanied by extensive manifestations of joy, at the initiative of Gumpert Hirtsch, the representative of the Jews, in the synagogue of Aaron Isaac at Riddareholmen [Stockholm]."
     The text includes a laudatory poem written by Marcus Maure, describing the events which led Swedish King Gustav III to initiate war with Russia and a Swedish translation of the prayer for the Sovereign: "HaNothen Teshua LeMelachim." The translation of this service into Swedish is an expression of the Jewish community's desire to publicly affirm their loyalty to the Crown. For it was Gustav III who invited Aaron Isaac to settle in Sweden, thus becoming the first Jew granted residency without having to convert to Christianity. Aaron Isaac paved the way for others, and was the founder of the synagogue which bore his name. In 1788, when Aaron Isaac joined the Swedish troops at the front in Finland as a supplier, it was Gumpert Hirtsch who became civic leader on behalf of the Jews of Stockholm in Isaac's absence.

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