AUCTION 6 | Tuesday, November 17th, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 13


(LEESER, ISAAC). Circular of the American Jewish Publication Society, to the Friends of Jewish Literature. Soliciting membership for the purpose of forming The American Jewish Publication Society. “The want of books illustrative of our blessed religion has long since been severely felt both in England and America…It is the hope that our association may grow and labour successfully in the spread of the kingdom of our Heavenly Father…in this extensive country.” * WITH: B’nai B’rith Provisional Hospital Committee. Hospital for Israelites in Philadelphia. “Whereas within the last six months three Israelites of this city have died in Christian hospitals, without having enjoyed the privilege of hearing Shema Yisrael [Hebrew], the watchword of their faith…Resolved…immediate steps for the purpose of founding a Jewish hospital…” Text in English and German. One folded leaf, printed on one side, small tear affecting two letters. 4to. And, one folded leaf printed on both sides, detached at central fold. 8vo Singerman 880 and 1818

Philadelphia: 10th December, 1845 and 18th August 1864

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
Two important early documents that led to two key institutions of American-Jewish life. Leeser was an outstanding contributor in every area, and indeed was a major builder of American Judaism.