Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Kirchliche Verfassung der heutigen Juden sonderlich derer in Deutschland in IV. Haupt-theile. (Ecclesiastical Condition of Today’s Jews, in particular those in Germany) 2 Vols. bound in 1

Erlangen: Printed at Joh. Friede. Becker's University Print shop, 1748. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. (14) 206, 386 (2), (14) 256, 270 (34)pp., 30 plates, including frontispiece. Fully rebound in brown leather with elaborate tooling on covers and spine, gilt lettering and ruling on spine, raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Frontispiece engraving by Gottfried Eichler (1715–1770). Two title pages printed in red and black. Historiated and decorative initials and endpieces.

Magnus Opus of Johann Christoph Georg Bodenschatz, theologian and orientalist in Erlangen.

This extensive work on the ecclesiastical status of the German Jews is drafted from their own and other writings. It is illustrated with thirty engravings, including frontispiece. The preface is by Kaspar Jacob Huth. Dedicated to Friederich, Margrave of Brandenburg.

Volume one, Part one treats the origin and the fate of the Jewish people, part two the church and the service of the German Jews. Volume two, part three, the distinguished faith and doctrines of the German Jews, and part four other customs and the Jew's unique way of life. The work “treats living conditions, services, rituals, faith and doctrines of the Jews based on his own observations. It is a formidable source, particularly in view of his impartial open-mindedness, for the practice of ceremonies of the German Jews before the Emancipation. The precious engravings are prepared especially for this work.” (NDB II, 355)

A second edition was published under the title “Aufrichtig Deutsch redender Hebräer (Sincere German speaking Hebrew)” in 1756. The beautifully configured engravings, at time decorated with rocaille cartouches, show rites during holy days, everyday life customs, cult objects, scripts, etc. Some of the engravings were taken from B. Picart’s “Cérémonies et Coutumes religieuses de toss les peoples."

Bodenschatz (1717–1797) was a German Protestant theologian, educated in Gera. His teacher Schleusner interested Bodenschatz in Biblical and Oriental studies. It is said that Bodenschatz created elaborate models of Noah’s Arch and the Tabernacle as a young man. Bodenschatz went on to study oriental languages at the University of Jena. He entered the church, became vicar at Uttenreuth, and superintendent at Bauerndorf in 1780.

Block partially unopened with occasional smudging and light fraying in margins, not affecting images or text.

Text in German, Gothic script. Light wear along edges of binding. Front cover with small stain, some scratches on back cover, spine with light sunning. Seven of the engravings loose but present. Some pages unopened at top edge. Occasional light staining and wear along edges of some pages. Binding in overall good-, interior in good to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #47900

Price: $1,250.00