Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1861. Second edition completely revised and greatly expanded. Softcover. Small quarto. VIII, 611, pp. Uncut. Original printed wrappers, with publisher's logo on front cover and title page. A concise history of the Jewish dispersion in France, Italy and Spain, from the time of the destruction of Jerusalem (70 AD) to the mid-19th century. Spine creased and taped. Moderate creasing and chipping along edges. Book block starting, but still holding. Text in French. Wrappers in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. fair to g. Item #38322
About the author: Jassuda Bédarrides (1804-1882) was a French lawyer and politician. He started his career as a lawyer, becoming the first Jewish lawyer in Aix-en-Provence. He wrote several books about jurisprudence. He also served as bâtonnier. A supporter of the Republic, he embarked upon a career in politics. He served as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from March 12, 1848 to May 18, 1849. As such, he became the first Jewish Mayor of this city. In April 1848, he planted the Tree of Freedom on the Place des Precheurs to celebrate the French Republic. During his tenure, he also commissioned the construction of new buildings for factory workers and a new slaughterhouse (demolished and now the Pasino), as well as the restoration of a lycee and of a museum. He also served on the General Council. Later, he served as a member of the Consistory of Marseille. He also became an officer of the Legion of Honour on July 13, 1880.