Nürnberg: Endter 1676
Est: $4,000 - $6,000
This work is culled from several travelogues and preceded by "The Late Travels of S. Giacomo Baratti, an Italian gentleman, into the Remote Countries of the Abissins, or of Ethiopian Interior "(London 1670). The Introduction here explains that the third part of the book concerning Ethiopia's Prester John is taken from Baratti; and the Fourth Part concerning Algeria, the Barbary States and Mauritania from M. Roland Frejus. The Fifth Part concerning African Jewry is unattributed. The section that purports to offer a contemporary account of the Jews in North Africa is in fact, a summary of the Jewish religion, including: Maimonides' Thirteen Articles of Faith; the religious habit ( zizith and tephillin); translation of a Kethubah (marriage contract); description of an amulet to protect the newborn; the circumcision ceremony; translation of a bill of divorce; various prayers, excerpts from Tractate Sabbath; the Festival of Purim; text of a Cherem, etc.