Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Jüdisches Ceremoniel oder Beschreibung derjenigen Gebräuche, welche die Juden sowol inn - als ausser dem Tempel, bey allen und jeden Fest-Tagen, im Gebet, bey der Beschneidung, bey Hochzeiten, Auslösung der Erst-Geburt, im Sterben, bey der Begräbnüß und dergleichen, in acht zu nehmen pflegen. (Jewish Ceremonies or Description of those Customs Jews Observe, within and outside the Temple, at Circumcisions, Marriages, First-Birth, when Passing Away, during Burials and such)

Nürnberg: Peter Conrad Monath, 1734. New edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 6 leaves, 226 (26 )pp., 27 plates, not incl. frontispiece and half-title. Descriptive list of engravings at rear. Period light brown paper-covered boards, numbered 34 in red on small label of spine. Copperplate engraved frontispiece by Puschner. Title page printed in red and black with decorative initial. Decorative head- and endpieces, and initials.

Illustrated throughout with twenty-seven copper plate engravings, all folding, one additional engraved half-title following address to the reader, and the frontispiece. Plates thirteen and fourteen are bound in following pages 206, respectively 216, concurrent with the relating text.

"Nunmehro aber bey dieser neuen Auflage mit accuraten Kupfern versehen" (New edition with accurate engravings). Enlarged edition with annotations by Sebastian Jacob Jungendres. An important illustrated work, documenting ceremonial rituals of European Jews. First published in 1716 without engravings, Kirchner's work covers: Labor and Birth, Circumcision, Marriage Rituals, Death, Mourning, Artifacts, Holidays and daily devotional practices. Alfred Reubens, a Jewish iconographer, dates Kirchner's first illustrated edition at 1724, with this revised copy appearing in 1734.

The plates Nos. 3, 6, 7, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 26 are signed in print Puschner below images, plate 10 "P." plate 12 "J. G. Puschner," and plate 18 "Puschner" in lower right corner of image. Many of the plates are based on information from Johannes Buxtorf, celebrated Hebraist and compiler of the first Hebrew Bible based on Masoretic text, and offer an enlightening look into costuming and day to day preparations for rituals in Jewish life. Table of content and register at rear.

Text in German. Binding with some wear, light chipping and half an inch tear at bottom of front joint, light scuffing and lightly cracked spine. Lower corner lightly bumped, top with light scuffing. Covers rubbed. Half-page inked note on front endpaper. Small creases at lower foredge corner of front free and paper and frontispiece, not affecting image. Some rubbing of title page at foredge and lower right corner. All engravings in excellent condition, with occasional imperfections in margins. Very good- to very good+ condition. Item #50418

Price: $2,250.00