AUCTION 41 | Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Graphic Art

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Lot 13


A Journey to Jerusalem, Containing the Travels of Fourteen Englishmen in 1667…To which is prefixed, Memorable Remarks upon the Ancient and Modern State of the Jewish Nation. Together with a Relation of the Great Council of the Jews in the Plains of Hungary, in 1650…With An Account of the Wonderful Delusion of the Jews by a False Messiah at Smyrna, 1666. Collected by R. Burton pp. 132. Foxed. Modern boards. 12mo Rosenbach 109; cf. Singerman 0077 (Philadelphia, 1794 edition)

Hartford: J. Babcock 1796

Est: $400 - $600
Journey to Jerusalem - or in its earlier English incarnation, Two Journeys to Jerusalem - went through several London editions at the end of the seventeenth century; ours is the second American edition. Rosenbach (90, 109) writes that R. Burton is actually the pseudonym of Nathaniel Crouch. This is difficult to maintain. In the London 1683 and 1692 editions, Nathaniel Crouch is the printer. The title of the 1695 edition reads "Collected by R.B." (see G. Scholem, Sabbatai Sevi, p. 941, no. 57). In reality, these are the initials of Robert Boulter, listed as editor in the London 1692 edition (see Kestenbaum & Company Sale 2, Lot 346). It seems that a century later confusion reigned on the other side of the Atlantic; somehow Robert Boulter was transmogrified into "R. Burton," first in Philadelphia, and once again in Hartford