Va’yakam Eiduth BeYa’akov [polemic against Jonathan Eybeschuetz]

AUCTION 61 | Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic Art and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 95

Va’yakam Eiduth BeYa’akov [polemic against Jonathan Eybeschuetz]

<<FIRST EDITION>> ff. 69, 50-66. Stained. Later calf, worn. Sm. 4to. Vinograd, Altona 58; Raphael, Areshet vol. III, p. 260 (no. 16)

(Altona: By the author) 1756

Est: $5,000 - $6,000
Excessively rare response to Jonathan Eybescheutz’s Luchoth Eiduth (1755). Almost all of Emden’s polemical writings were banned upon publication. According to Carmilly-Weinberger “copies of [this work] by Emden [are] difficult to obtain because the ban against [them] had been quite effective” (Censorship and Freedom of Expression in Jewish History, p.88). An outgrowth of the shattering Emden-Eybescheutz polemical crises which centered over amulets that Eybescheutz circulated in Metz and Hamburg.