9 16 (AMERICAN-JUDAICA) Constitution of the Congregation “K. K. Beth Elohim.” Approved and Ratified March 26th, 1871. Includes: Rules of Order, Form of Prayers for Sabbath and Festivals, and Time of Service for Sabbath and Festivals. pp. (1), 19, (1). Original printed orange wrappers, lower corner chipped. Sm. 8vo. [Singerman 2259 (recording a variant collation)]. Charleston, Edward Perry, 1871. $2000 - $2500 ❧ Congregation K. K. Beth Elohim of Charleston, SC, established in 1794, is one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States. It was the synagogue from where the seeds of American Reform Judaism were first sown. 17 (AMERICAN-JUDAICA) Emanuel Schreiber. Abraham Geiger: The Greatest Reform Rabbi of the Nineteenth Century. Frontispiece photographic portrait. pp. xii, 111. Original printed wrappers, spine taped, few edges chipped. Lg. 8vo. [Singerman 4430.] Spokane, Washington, 1892. $600 - $900 ❧ This monograph views Abraham Geiger (1810-74) as the founding father of Reform Judaism. The author, Rabbi Emanuel Schreiber (1852-1932), was born in Leipnik, Moravia and migrated to the United States in 1881 accepting the call to serve the rabbinate in Mobile, Ala. He went on to serve a further seven congregations in cities across the country. 18 (AMERICAN-JUDAICA) Group of three French newspapers, each with front- page full color caricature depiction of the American-Jewish actress Adah Isaacs Menken. * Le Hanneton. 25th May, 1867. * La Lune. 10th February, 1867. * Le Monde. 31st July, 1868. Each four pages. Folio. Paris, v.d. $800 - $1200 ❧ “Adah Isaacs Menken, the first American Jewish ‘superstar,’ helped pioneer the art of cultivating an outsized, even outrageous, personality as a path to fame and fortune.” (Jewish Virtual Library). Also known as Ada Bertha Théodore and Ada C. McCord, Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-68) was a highly successful actress - indeed the highest earning actress of her time. She was best known for her performance in the melodrama Mazeppa, with a climax that appeared to feature her nude while riding a horse on stage. After years of great success with the play in New York and San Francisco, Menken took the production to London and Paris. By most accounts, the actress converted to Judaism after marrying her first husband, Alexander Isaac Menken. In this period, she published poetry and articles on Jewish themes in The Israelite in Cincinnati, and the Jewish Messenger of New York.