La Haye [Paris]: Adrian Moetjens, 1682. Third French edition. Hardcover. Sextodecimo (5 1/2 x 3 1/2"). (48) 188 (4), 166, 12pp. Original full vellum with gilt lettering and ruling on brown leather label on the spine. Additional engraved title page. Publisher's device on title page. Decorative head and tailpieces. Decorative initials. Contains catalog of books by Adrian Moetjens.
Title translation: "Ceremonies and customs which are observed today among the Jews and translated from the Italian of Leon de Modena; with a supplement concerning the sects of the Karaites and the Samaritans of our time. Third edition revised, corrected & augmented by a second part entitled 'Comparison of the ceremonies of the Jews and of the discipline of the Church: with a discourse concerning the various masses, or liturgies which are in use in all the world', by the Sieur de Simonville."
Early publication of the scholar Richard Simon containing his French translation of "Historia degli riti hebraici" by Rabbi Leon of Modena (1574 - 1654, Yehudah Aryeh Mi-Modena). An important source for the history of European Judaism. Modena's work was originally published in Italian, first in Paris in 1637, and then in Venice in 1638. Both of these editions included Modena's supplement on the heretical Jewish sects, the Karaites and the Samaritans, as well as several other chapters on divinations and spells. The book was significant in that was the first work of the modern era aimed at non-Jewish readers, to educate them on Jewish religious practice and customs. It was quite popular in the period went through numerous internationally translated editions.
Simon's French edition of the work was first issued in 1674, including the supplement by Modena. In 1681 he issued both the second edition of his translation, to which was added his work on comparative religion ("Comparaison des Ceremonies des Juifs"), and that work published separately. It suffices to recall that the work allowed, among other things, the rediscovery of the East and of non-Christian religions through an almost ethnographic vision which objectively described Judaism independently of the religious prejudices of the 17th century, thus inaugurating what will make all the vocation of the great Oratorian.
Table of contents a the rear. The final page contains an advertisement for the publisher at the bottom. Decorative bookplate of French author and economist André Morellet (1727 – 1819), pasted on the interior front cover.
Binding with minor rubbing to covers and extremities. Brown label on the spine lightly chipped along the edges. Minor sporadic water stains and/ or foxing to a few pages throughout. P.23 torn along the side margin, with no loss of text. Binding and interior both in very good to very good+ condition overall. vg to vg+. Item #47526