72 93 AGUILLAR, GRACE. Four Autograph Manuscripts. Author copy-books of original writings. The contents of the four manuscripts are: * “Sabbatto Thoughts No 4” with the subtitle “Scripture Female Biography.” This section is called “Eve” and is an early version of the first section of her “The Women of Israel, Or, Characters and Sketches from the Holy Scriptures.” The manuscript is significantly different. The numbering in the title and the way it is dated suggest that Aguilar circulated this as a handwritten periodical of sorts. In this form it has never been published and her Sabbatto Thoughts has not been noted by historians before. Initialed at end with date: 15th Dec. Brighton. Unbound, pp. 36. * “An Exposition of Zanobi — In a Letter to a Friend.” An essay which was published in the New Monthly Belle Assemblée (April 1844, pp. 214-17), with a copy of a letter from Lord Bulwer Lytton (1831-91) with the heading “An Answer to Foregoing.” Original wrappers, pp. 35. * “The Val Des Rivages A Tale of the French Jews.” Published in Heath’s Book Of Beauty (London, 1846). Unbound, pp. 54. * “The Picture.” Unpublished. Unbound, pp. 7. (England), 1840’s. $3000 - $5000 ❧ Grace Aguilar (1816-1847) did not live long, but her literary impact was far-reaching. As a young lady of unusual talents, her writings found an early champion in Isaac Leeser, who published her in early issues of his Occident. Meanwhile, she found acclaim in her native England, where her words could be read frequently in the Jewish Chronicle. Her short pieces and novels won her a broad audience with the general public. Among other themes, Aguilar wrote on Jewish women — a quite new literary topic. The quality and depth of her writing was a particular inspiration to young women. After her passing, an admirer submitted an Impromptu Elegiac Acrostic (on her name) to the Jewish Chronicle, two lines of which read: “About her bright but mild religion shone/ Casting a genial warmth through apathetic frost.” (JC, Oct. 22, 1847, p. 283.) For the time and place this was high praise indeed. The Occident sounded a note of more American emotion: Aguilar’s death “will send a thrill of pain through the hearts of nearly all our readers.” (Occ. 5:47, November 1847, p. 47). — MA N U S C R I P T S & PR I N T E D BO O K S (O T H E R P R O P E R T I E S ) — 94 (BAMBERGER, YITZCHAK DOV HALEVI). (The Würzburger Rav, 1807-78). Atikta Vechadata [comments and novellae to Sepher HaTashbatz especially as compared to the Orchoth Chaim; with responsa and Talmud novellae] Hebrew Manuscript on paper, written by the author’s son, R. Solomon Bamberger, along with his marginal comments (noted A”Sh [= Amar Shlomo]). ff. 77. Light wear, final leaf torn. Contemporary boards. 8vo. n.p, n.d. $1000 - $1500 ❧ Unpublished manuscript attributed to R. Seligmann Baer (Isaac Dov HaLevi) Bamberger, one of the outstanding Rabbis of German Orthodoxy. The final leaf states “All these subjects are copied from the fourth part of of the ledgers that my father the Gaon of blessed memory left as a blessing…” Among interesting responsa is one concerning boys and girls singing together (f. 43b). Contains recorded correspondence with R. Mendel Kargau of Furth and R. Avraham Wechsler of Schwabach (ff. 46b-49a). R. Abraham Bing is cited on f. 64a and the Vilna Gaon is cited on f. 66a.