Apr 07, 2022 - Sale 2600

Sale 2600 - Lot 124

Price Realized: $ 47,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
(JUDAICA.) Solomon Henry Jackson, editor. The Jew; being a Defence of Judaism against all Adversaries. viii, 254; [4], [255]-481 pages. 24 issues in 2 volumes, complete. 8vo, attractive modern period-style gilt morocco by Baker Bindery; a few leaves washed, minor scattered dampstaining, a few tasteful minor repairs including restoration of two words to final leaf; inked library stamp of the Hebrew Theological College of Chicago on page 49. New York: Johnstone & Van Norden, March [1823] to March [1825]

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A complete run of the first Jewish periodical published in America. It was issued in response to a Christian missionary publication, "Israel's Advocate; or, the Restoration of the Jews Contemplated and Urged"--and is subtitled "Against the Insidious Attacks of Israel's Advocate." It grapples with the Advocate's arguments issue by issue, drawing upon both the Old and New Testaments for its theological points, and also finds time to rebut other enemies. The "black Jews" of Malabar are discussed at length on pages 263-278.

The editor Solomon Henry Jackson (circa 1770-1847) emigrated from England in 1787 and lived in rural Pike County, Pennsylvania for many years before establishing himself as a printer in New York in the 1820s. He later translated and printed the first American Hebrew prayer book and issued the first American Haggadah (Goldman 34 and 125).

Lomazow 169 ("rare . . . the second volume is extremely scarce"); Rosenbach 258, 275; Singerman S161. No other complete sets traced at auction going back to 1920, although Swann sold a Volume I in 2007.