AUCTION 32 | Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Autographed Letters, Manuscripts, Graphics and Ceremonial Art

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Lot 305


Mr. Furtado de la Gironde, Président de l'Assemblée des Députés Francais & du Royaume d'Italie, Professant le Culte Mosaïque, 1806. [Furtado, Abraham (1756-1817), President of the Assembly of Notables summoned by Napoleon in 1806, and a member of the Paris Sanhedrin of 1807] 6 1/2 X 9 1/2 inches

Paris? n.d.:

Est: $500 - $700
Before being elected president of the assembly, Furtado, a delegate from Bordeaux, had served as syndic of the Portuguese “nation,” which is to say, the Jews of Spanish-Portuguese extraction. He is described as a man who “knew the writers of the eighteenth century better than the Talmud, and sought for truth in Voltaire much more than in any other Jewish or Christian author.” S. Schwarzfuchs, Napoleon, The Jews and the Sanhedrin (1979), p. 60