Chicago: Isaac S. Moses, 1896. First edition. Softcover. Octavo. 62pp. Beige printed wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. A scarce song book collecting 45 American Jewish liturgical melodies and prayers for use in choral singing in Reform congregations, arranged and edited by Rabbi Isaac S. Moses (1847–1926). Contains translations of prayers into English, where necessary, as well as transliteration of the original Hebrew, to accompany the musical notation. Included are a number of original melodies for traditional Jewish prayers and hymns submitted for the purpose of this publication, by a variety of rabbis, scholars and musical directors of synagogues, including F.G. Rohner, Alois Kasier, and P.C. Lutkin, as well as contemporary melodies from established European-Jewish composers and cantors of the 19th century, such as Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894), Samuel Naumbourg (1817-1880) and Salomon Sulzer (1804-1890). Also included are a number of adaptations of previously famous melodies from past secular composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Johann Heinrich Rolle. Text in English, printed in single and two-column formats. Publishers advertisements on the back wrapper.
Wrappers with age toning to the edges of the covers, as well as chipping to the head and tail of the spine. Wrappers disbound from book block. Book block tight, with pages clean and in great shape. Wrappers in good-, interior in near fine condition overall. Extremely scarce. Protected by modern mylar. g- to near fine. Item #47608