Altona, Hamburg: Johann Friedrich Hammerich, 1837. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xvi, 800pp. Bound in brown pebbled half cloth over black pebbled boards. Treatise of Jewish law and observances by Samson Raphael Hirsch, the German Orthodox Rabbi who founded the school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism (Today's modern Orthodoxy) and a vocal opponent of Reform Judaism. The work is organized in six sections according to Hirsch's classification of the commandments: Thaurauß (Laws derived from the Five Books of Moses), Edauß (Jewish Holidays), Mischpotim (Laws Between Man and Man), Chukim (Laws Regarding Daily Life and Animals), Mizwauß (Laws about Devotion), and Awaudoh (Service and Prayer).
The book was written in a literary German to explain Jewish customs, ceremonies and doctrines with the special emphasis on German-Jewish youth. List of abbreviations and symbols in German and Hebrew at front and registers in German and Hebrew, an addendum of explanation and abbreviations in Hebrew and errata at rear. Publisher's advertisement for the German Bible for Israelites, a new translation from the Masoretic text and edited by Gotthold Salomon on last page. Text in German, Gothic script, titles, subtitles and abbreviations in Hebrew. Binding with some wear along edges, small chips and some scuffing along leather spine. Light foxing of block, diminishing towards end of block. Binding in overall good, interior in good to goo+ condition. g to g+. Item #48406