Charlotte Elizabeth (Tonna). Judah’s Lion.

AUCTION 58 | Thursday, May 02nd, 2013 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Autograph Letters

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Lot 37

Charlotte Elizabeth (Tonna). Judah’s Lion.

<<First American edition.>> pp. 358. Foxed, signature crudely removed from title-page. Original boards. 12mo. Singerman 0832.

New York: John S. Taylor 1843

Est: $600 - $900
A novel concerning the return of an English Jew to the Land of Israel, this is considered to be the first English language “Zionist” novel. It predates George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’ by a full thirty years. Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790-1846) was an English evangelical Protestant who, in her role as defender of the rights of Jews, became a close friend of Sir Moses Montefiore.