Akeidath Yitzchak.

AUCTION 1 | Thursday, November 14th, 1996 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 109

Akeidath Yitzchak.

ONLY EDITION. Photographic frontispiece portrait of R. Isaac Friedman of Sadigore. Original cloth with printed wrappers bound in, loose in binding, 8vo Unknown to both Deinard and Friedberg

New York: (1925)

Est: $600 - $800
Most unusual account of the life and death of the Chassidic Rebbe of Sadigore, Isaac Friedman, written by his personal attendant, Joseph Rapaport. Whilst on a fund-raising trip to the United States, the Rebbe was suddenly taken ill and died. Unseemly insinuations were popularly raised regarding Rapaport’s role during the tragic course of events, as well as questions relating to the whereabouts of monies collected. The book was written to clarify the particular circumstances leading to the Rebbe’s death, even to the inclusion of names and addresses of all visitors, and the various methods employed to provide medical assistance. Essentially, the publication was Rapaport’s attempt to clear his name.