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[PRAYER BOOK]. LEVI, David (translator).

Machzor [Set of Festival Prayers].

The Form of Prayers for The New Year. According to the custom of the German and Polish Jews.

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London, David Levi, 1795

The volumes are divided according to the five most important holidays in the Jewish calendar Vol. I. New Year (Rosh HaShanah); Vol. II. & III. Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); Vol. IV. Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot); Vol. V. Feast of Passover (Pesach); Vol. VI. Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot).

David Levi (1740-1801), an English-Jewish writer, translator and one of the pioneers of Hebrew printing in London was in fact an erudite Whitechapel cobbler and one of the most remarkable characters of 18th-century English Jewry. He was born in London and after failing to make a living as a shoemaker, went to the other extreme and became a hatter, meanwhile continuing his studies at the Great Synagogue of London. In 1783 he produced, for the enlightenment of the Gentile world, a succinct account of the Rites and Ceremonies of the Jews, in which their religious principles and tenets are explained. From that date

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Second(ý) edition; 6 vols, small 4to (24 x 15.5 cm); parallel English and Hebrew text, age-toning with the very occasional spot otherwise very clean, fine contemporary tree calf, morocco labels to spines, spines richly gilt, with personalised green lettering pieces to all spines, reading 'S. Samuel 1804'; a trifle rubbed at extremities, a very handsome set.


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