BENJAMIN, ISRAEL JOSEPH. Drei Jahre in Amerika 1859-62

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

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BENJAMIN, ISRAEL JOSEPH. Drei Jahre in Amerika 1859-62

FIRST EDITION. Three parts bound in one. German with some Hebrew. Frontispiece portrait depicting the author wearing a large skull-cap and with beard and peyoth. A Fine Copy Contemporary cloth, gilt. 8vo See JE Vol. III, pp. 25-6

Hannover: W. Riemschneider 1862

Est: $500 - $700
Self-styled “Benjamin of Tudela II,” this irrepressible traveler here documents a wealth of information concerning the Jewish presence in California and the Northwest. He describes various congregations, Jewish fraternal societies, charitable organizations and their respective office-holders. He cites responsa from Shlomo Yehudah Rappoport of Prague (Shir) in Hebrew, and Samson Raphael Hirsch, Zechariah Frankel, and Dr. N. Adler in German. (Part I, pp. 370-381). Also contains information concerning the history of the Jews in India and China (see pp. 21-32).