Prayers for Shabbath, Rosh-Hashanah and Kippur...According to the Order of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. Translated by Isaac Pinto

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Fine Judaica: The Library of the late Professor Abraham J. Karp.

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Lot 13
(AMERICAN JUDAICA).

Prayers for Shabbath, Rosh-Hashanah and Kippur...According to the Order of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. Translated by Isaac Pinto

FIRST EDITION. English text. Hebrew titles of prayers provided in English transliteration. Upper cover inscribed, Anna Judah. - Daughter of Naphtali Judah, one of the trustees of the Spanish-Portuguese Congregation Shearith Israel (c.1805), Anna died in New York in 1822. (See JE, Vol. VII, pp. 331-2) pp. iv, 190, (1). Opening 12 leaves, pp. 21-22, portion of pp. 23-24, and pp.113-120 all supplied in facsimile. Pencil marginalia on pp. 140, 190 and final page. Light stains. New marbled end-papers. Contemporary calf, gilt, rebacked. 8vo Singerman 40; Rosenbach 47 (illustrated)

New York: John Holt 1766

Est: $7,000 - $10,000
The First Complete Jewish Prayer-Book Printed in the New World. One of The Singular Most Important Printed Books of Jewish Americana. Pinto (1720-91) was a merchant who moved from the British West Indies to New York in 1751, where he became a member of The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel. He is recalled by Ezra Stiles, the accomplished Hebraist and President of Yale, as “a learned Jew from New York.” A fervent patriot, Pinto was a signatory to resolutions favoring the Nonimportation Agreement, and was vocal in support of the Revolution. Indeed the publication of this prayer-book in Colonial New York, with its meager community of a few hundred Jews - rather than in metropolitan London which boasted a flourishing community of some ten thousand, perhaps echoed an increasing expression of non-dependence and resentment of overseas domination. The prayer-book was a declaration to the Elders in London that their brethren in the “British Dominions in America” though small in number, were independent in will and possessed the means to satisfy their own religious requirements. See G.A. Kohut, AJHS Publications, Vol. III pp.118-22; A.J. Karp, Beginnings: Early American-Judaica (1975) pp.1-10; and Karp, From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress (1991), p. 189 A complete copy of this celebrated prayer-book was sold by Kestenbaum & Company, 26th June, 2001, Lot 135