HYNEMAN, REBEKAH. The Leper, and Other Poems

AUCTION 47 | Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 31

HYNEMAN, REBEKAH. The Leper, and Other Poems

FIRST EDITION pp. 216. Foxed in places. Original gilt-tooled boards, touch rubbed. 8vo Singerman 1280

Philadelphia: Mirror and Keystone Press 1853

Est: $3,000 - $4,000
A scarce first edition in the original binding. Rebekah Hyneman was born in Pennsylvania in 1816 to a Jewish father, Abraham Gumpertz and a Christian mother. In 1835, she married a Jewish peddler Benjamin Hyneman who died in mysterious circumstances while on business in Texas in 1839. In 1845, Rebekah and her two sons, Elias Leon and Samuel, were formally converted to Judaism under the aegis of Rev. Isaac Leeser of Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia. Following her conversion, Rebekah regularly contributed religious poetry to Leeser's landmark journal, The Occident