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LEESER, Isaac (translator).

The Twenty Four Books of the Holy Scriptures. [The Hebrew Bible].

Stock Code
101737
Philadelphia, 371 Walnut Street, 1853
£12,500

First edition of the first English translation of the entire Hebrew Bible by a Jew

This work was built upon Leeser's 1845 translation of the five books of the Torah. Previous editions published by Jewish translators in England (such as Levi and Alexander) had simply utilised the King James translation. Leeser's Preface explains that this massive undertaking sprung from 'a desire entertained for more than a quarter of a century, since the day he quitted school in his native land to come to this country, to present to his fellow-Israelites an English version, made by one of themselves, of the Holy Word of God'. Readers would now 'have an opportunity to study a version of the Bible which has not been made by the authority of churches in which they have no confidence'.

Rabbi Isaac Leeser (1806-1868) was born in Germany and emigrated to America in 1824. The head rabbi of the

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First edition; 4to (28 x 23 cm); iii, 1011pp., tape mark to front flyleaf, some browning throughout, marbled endpapers; contemporary calf over boards, some wear and edges rubbed, tear to lower cover, skilful restorations to spine, spine in six parts with elaborate gilt floral detail, label to second compartment, a good copy.

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