Igereth Hasheluchah Mechachmei Verabanei Ha’aschkenazim Shebe’eretz Yisrael Lebenei Moshe Rabeinu Ve’asereth Hashevatim

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

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Lot 270
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Igereth Hasheluchah Mechachmei Verabanei Ha’aschkenazim Shebe’eretz Yisrael Lebenei Moshe Rabeinu Ve’asereth Hashevatim

FIRST EDITION. 8pp., with 3pp. Supplement Contemporary marbled wrappers, 8vo Vinograd, Amsterdam 2554 and 2574

[Amsterdam: (for Hirschel Lehren) 1831 and 1834]

Est: $600 - $800
PRICE REALIZED $600
An extraordinary letter written by the renowned leader of the Old Yishuv, Israel of Schklow, on behalf of Baruch b. Samuel of Pinsk in his search for the remnants of the Ten Tribes. This published version details the development of the Oral Law, the bitter history of Exilic Israel, the struggle to resettle the Holy Land, and concludes with requests for prayer, charity and an increase of righteous scholars resident in the Holy Land. In his search, R. Baruch traveled across Syria, Mesopotamia and Kurdistan, reaching Yemen in 1833. It was there, in San’a, he was executed under suspicion of espionage. See Yaari, Sheluchei Eretz Yisrael pp.147-48, 779-80; L. Jung, Men of the Spirit (1964) pp.75-6