Hodgkin, Thomas. Narrative of a Journey to Morocco in 1863 and 1864

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 191

Hodgkin, Thomas. Narrative of a Journey to Morocco in 1863 and 1864

<<FIRST EDITION>> . With frontispiece portrait of the author, as well as several striking color lithographic plates of Morocco. Bookplate of Sir Francis Montefiore. pp. (18), iv, (2), 183, (1 blank), 24. Foxed in places. All edges gilt. Original boards lavishly gilt in North African style, lower portion dampsoiled. 4to.

London: T. Cautley Newby 1866

Est: $800 - $1,200
Dr. Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866) was a pioneer in preventative medicine and best known for the first account of a form of lymphoma and blood disease known today as Hodgkin’s Disease. As personal physician to Sir Moses Montefiore for forty years, Dr. Hodgkin was the philanthropist’s constant traveling companion as Sir Moses embarked on his frequent and wide-ranging missions to assist Jews across the globe. This fascinating travelogue relates to Sir Moses Montefiore’s diplomatic mission to present the Sultan of Morocco with a petition designed to alleviate the travails of the Jews of Morocco. Thomas Hodgkin died in the Holy Land in 1866, where he had accompanied Sir Moses on yet another of his missions on behalf of the Jews. He was buried in a small Protestant churchyard in Jaffa where Sir Moses erected an obelisk in memory of his friend. See A. M. Kass, Friends and Philanthropists: Montefiore and Dr. Hodgkin, in: S. and V.D. Lipman (eds.), The Century of Moses Montefiore (1985) pp. 71-103; and D. Littman, Mission to Morocco (1863-1864) ibid., pp. 171-229.