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Auction 72: March 16th, 2017

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Lot: 31 (AMERICAN JUDAICA). Seder HaTephiloth - The Form of Daily Prayers. According to the Custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. FIRST EDITION. Hebrew and English on facing pages. Translated by the printer, Solomon Henry Jackson. Edited by E.S. Lazarus (uncle to Emma Lazarus). pp. (7), ff. 2-234; with a further 11 pages of notes at end. Browned throughout and stained in places, few pen markings, opening leaves laid down, repaired worming in places, tears along final leaves with some loss of text. Modern morocco. 4to. Singerman 436; Rosenbach 284; Vinograd, New York 6.

Solomon Henry Jackson, New York: 1826. Est: $6,000 - $9,000

-The First Hebrew Prayer-Book Printed in America.
     Solomon Henry Jackson, the first Jewish printer in New York, possessed both English and Hebrew type fonts and thus was the first to print bilingual Hebrew matter in America. Undoubtedly, his most important work was this prayer-book, the crown jewel of early American Hebrew printing.
     Jackson (d. 1847) was active in several New York congregations and a supporter of the Chevrath Chinuch Ne'arim Jewish Educational Society. For more concerning his life, see A.J. Karp, Beginnings: Early American Judaica (1975) p. 38-41.

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