Philadelphia: Isaac Leeser/ C. Sherman, Printer, . First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. (viii) 616pp. Period 3/4 brown morocco over brown marbled paper boards. Gilt lettering and ruling on the spine. This volume collects the complete first year of issues of the The Occident and American Jewish Advocate periodical. First established in 1843 by prominent Philadelphia Rabbi, scholar, and publisher Isaac Leeser (1806-1868), the monthly magazine dealt with topics of Jewish religion, philosophy, culture, history and literature. It is considered the first widely circulated Jewish periodical in the United States. The publication ran until Leeser's death in 1868, and he served in the role of editor, publisher and contributor. During the mid-19th century Leeser was considered one of the most prominent American-Jewish leaders, and his writings show a defense of traditional Judasim against the changes in doctrine proposed by the bergioning Reform movement. Starting with Jewish publications in the 1830s, Leeser is considered to have laid the foundation for a consistent Jewish printing industry in America. The Occident is considered one of the most important historical sources in understanding American-Jewish culture in the mid-19th century.
Binding with rubbing to extremities. Scratches to covers. Spine creased and scratched. Library bookplate and period inscription in ink (dated Baton Rouge, LA, 1848), from a previous owner on the interior front cover. Library blindstamp at the bottom of the title page, and ink stamp at the top of the preface. Book block foxed and water-stained throughout. Starting p.216, 260, 406, 612. Pages 217-228, 231-238, 243-250, disbound but present. Binding in good, interior in good- condition overall. g- to g. Item #48516