Nürnberg: Peter Conrad Monath, 1726. New edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 6 leaves, 226 (18)pp., 28 plates, not incl. frontispiece and half-title, 2 folding plates with list of engravings. Original calf binding with reverse lettering on label, blind-stamped decor and ruling on spine; raised bands. Copperplate engraved frontispiece by Puschner. Title page printed in red and black. Decorative head- and endpieces, and initials. Illustrated throughout with twenty-eight copper plate engravings, all folding, one additional engraved half-title following address to the reader, and two printed folding pages containing detailed description of twenty-seven engravings. Plate twenty-eight illustrating an embroidered wimpel is bound in after plate twenty-seven but, not described in printed folding plates of descriptive list. Plates thirteen and fourteen are bound in following pages 206, respectively 216, concurrent with the relating text.
Nunmehro aber bey dieser neuen Auflage mit accuraten Kupfern versehen (New edition with accurate engravings). Enlarged edition with annotations by Sebastian Jacob Jungendres. An important illustrated work, documenting ceremonial rituals of European Jews. First published in 1716 without engravings, Kirchner's work covers: Labor and Birth, Circumcision, Marriage Rituals, Death, Mourning, Artifacts, Holidays and daily devotional practices. Alfred Reubens, a Jewish iconographer, dates Kirchner's first illustrated edition as 1724, with a revised copy appearing in 1734. This 1726 edition was unknown to him and is not found in Mayer.
The plates Nos. 3, 6, 7, 16, 26, and 14 are signed in print Puschner below images, plate 10 "P." plate 12 "J. G. Puschner," and plate 18 "Puschner" in lower right corner of image. Many of the plates are based on information from Johannes Buxtorf, celebrated Hebraist and compiler of the first Hebrew Bible based on Masoretic text, and offer an enlightening look into costuming and day to day preparations for rituals in Jewish life. Table of content and register at rear.
Text in German. Binding with some wear, light chipping and half an inch tear at bottom of front joint, light scuffing and lightly cracked spine. Lower corner lightly bumped, top with light scuffing. Covers rubbed. Brief notes on front endpaper, front and verso. Inked reference numbers on title page, both crossed out with pencil. Some foxing and staining of block. First engraving with very light foxing, else all engravings in excellent condition, with occasional imperfections in margins. Very good- to very good+ condition. Item #47515