[PENTATEUCH]. LEVI, David (translator).

Tikun Sofrim.

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91806
Tikun Sofrim.
[Pentateuch with a separate volume of the Five Scrolls].
London, Lion Soesmans, 1787.
£5,000
First edition of Levi's Pentateuch, which came to be the best known bible translation by a Jew of its time. Published together with a sixth volume of the Five Scrolls. Roth lists this edition as a five volume only.

This Pentateuch contains the Haftarot, a series of selections from the books of Prophets of the Hebrew Bible that are publicly read in synagogue as part of the Jewish religious practice, following the Torah reading on Saturdays, Jewish festivals and fast days. Hebrew text and English translation printed on facing pages, English text accompanied by explanatory notes. Divisional title pages for the Haftarot. The additional Hebrew title page of each volume engraved by Solomon Polack, showing Jews praying and celebrating in a synagogue.

David Levi 1740-1801 , the translator of this edition was in fact an erudite Whitechapel cobbler and one of the most remarkable characters of 18th-century English Jewry. He was born
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First edition. Six volumes (separate volume for the five scrolls); octavo, (19.5 x 13 cm). Two title pages - Hebrew and English to each of the first five volumes. Sixth vol. published with the Hebrew title page only and a divisional Hebrew-English title page for each scroll. Hebrew title pages are engraved by Solomon Polack. Some pages slightly stained/foxed. The five scrolls vol. contains illustration plate depicting the ten sons of Haman hanged. Recent calf backed marble boards with old labels.

Bibliography

Vinograd, London 116; Roth B8:29.   Stock ID: 91806

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