98 140 GROUP OF 19TH-CENTURY MANUSCRIPTS. Occasional use of Hebrew. * Solomon da Silva Solis (1819-54). Autograph Manuscript: “There can be no discrepancy between true Science, and the Revelations of the Bible.” pp. 7. Published in Leeser’s Occident (5:1) April 1847. * J. Mayer. Autograph Manuscript: “New Things Sprang up…”. pp. 4. Hartford, Conn. 1863. * Anonymous Manuscript Sermon on the etymology of “Ad Olam.” pp. 3. * NY Supreme Court documents concerning Benjamin Hart. $1000 - $1500 141 GROUP OF C. 30 letters and manuscripts, written in Hebrew, German and English. Including: * Documents relating to the trafficking of 15-year old Chaja Wind brought from Poland to America. With the help of the Committee for Combating the Trafficking of Girls, a Jewish organization which fought this scourge, Chaja’s mother Sheindel attempted to obtain the release of her daughter. * Hebrew Manuscript of 7-pages recording names and addresses of Jews in Albany NY and donations received. (1909). * Recommendation for Rabbi Abraham Chaim Epp of San Francisco upon his retirement to Eretz Israel. (1912). v.p, v.d. $1000 - $1500 142 GROUP OF C. 25 letters and manuscripts, including: German sermons (anonymous); correspondence from newly arrived immigrants back to family in Germany; commercial papers; charity appeals; student’s school exercise-book (Hebrew). v.p, v.d. $600 - $900 143 BETTELHEIM, ALBERT SIGFRIED (1830-90). Group of manuscripts and letters. Two Autograph Hebrew Ordinations for Bettelheim Signed by R. Ephraim Wolf Rottenberg and by R. L. Loffler of Semnitz (Soenitz), 1862. * Three German Certificates relating to Bettelheim’s academic accomplishments. * Four Autograph Letters, in English and Hebrew: Pastoral matters including conversion and marital counseling. San Francisco and Baltimore. v.p., v.d. $400 - $600 ❧ A student of the Yeshiva in Pressburg, Bettelheim later served as Rabbi in Bohemia, however due to his progressive political opinions he found it necessary to emigrate to America where he occupied several pulpits including Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia. Bettelheim died on ship while traveling to Europe and was buried at sea. His son-in-law was Alexander Kohut. 144 KOHUT, ALEXANDER & KOHUT, GEORGE ALEXANDER. Approximately eighty letters and documents, both of a scholarly and personal nature. Texts in English, Hebrew, German, and French. Along with a considerable archive of Autograph scholarly notes (see below). 1880’s-1930’s. $3000 - $5000 ❧ The scholarship of Alexander Kohut (1842-94) and his son George Alexander Kohut (1874-1933) are well-known to students of the Talmud and American-Jewish history. Highlights of this collection include: * A resolution from Kohut’s Congregation Ahavath Chesed offering congratulations and appreciation for his Aruch HaShalem. The congregation grants him “a slight financial aid” of $1000 to defray the cost of publication of the 6th volume. * An order of 10 copies of the Aruch from the Berlin Ministry of Education. * A resolution of condolences upon the loss of Kohut’s wife Julie, from the New York Board of Jewish Ministers, signed by Kaufmann Kohler, Gustav Gottheil, and others. This document is beautifully calligraphed. * A letter on matters relating to the Aruch from Rabbi Solomon Bamberger. * Typescript and handwritten autograph copies of essays by George Alexander Kohut, including “Some Early Jewish Authors in America” and “Don Quixote in Jewish Literature.” * Seven autograph scholarly note cards on Isaac Lampronti’s Pachad Yitzchak. The younger Kohut was researching chocolate, vanilla, and all manner of information about America that could be gleaned from the 18th century Italian encylopaedic work. * Letters to George Alexander Kohut on scholarly, bibliographic, and personal matters from correspondents including David Yellin, Israel Davidson, Paul Haupt, Charles Duschinsky, Solomon Zeitlin, Nathan Porges, Bernard Drachman, etc. * Two letters from Bernhard Felsenthal, a scholarly mentor of the younger Kohut, who writes that “you are indeed an indefatigable and thorough worker in the field of Jewish Bibliography.” In response to a request for items by Judah Monis that were attainable in his city, Felsenthal writes of the 18th century professor of Hebrew at Harvard and apostate: there “is no historical value whatsoever” in them, and “such stuff was trashy 173 years ago [too].” Kohut had a more sophisticated scholarly sense than that, as his monograph “Judah Monis: First Instructor in Hebrew at Harvard University” shows. * Eight packets (each containing 100-200 pages) of George Alexander Kohut’s essays on Jews in the Americas; as well as his extensive, handsomely written research notes. Included is his unpublished “Ten Tribes of Israel in America-An Attempt at a Bibliography.”