Ritualgesetze der Juden

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

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Lot 229

Ritualgesetze der Juden

FIRST EDITION Lightly foxed, contemporary half-sheep, rubbed, 8vo Freimann 364; Meyer, Mendelssohn Bibliographie (1965) no.236

Berlin: Ch. F. Voss 1778

Est: $200 - $300
Written under the supervision of Chief Rabbi Hirschel Lewin of Berlin (previously Rabbi of the Great and Hambo Synagogues in London, 1758-70) this is an account of Jewish commercial and matrimonial law as it relates to property rights. The study was requested by the Prussian Government as a guide to Christian judges when arbitrating such cases between Jews. “Mendelssohn’s role in [the book’s] production was tantamount to that of author” see A. Altmann, Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study (1973) p.470