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Lot #    14430
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 2:04:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Il Matrimonio Civile
Author    [First Ed.] R. Marco Mortara
City    Mantua
Publisher    Virg. Franc. Benvenuti
Publication Date    1864
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1 pink paper title], 31, [1] pp., 186:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original paper title-wrappers.
   R. Marco Mortara (18151894), Italian rabbi and scholar. He attended the rabbinical seminary in Padua under Samuel David Luzzatto, was ordained in 1836, and from 1842 officiated as rabbi of Mantua. Mortara represented the liberal trend in Judaism in Italy and argued that a distinction be made between the Jewish religion and Jewish nationality. He proposed a conference of Italian rabbis in 1866 in order to secure certain reforms in Jewish practices but his suggestion did not materialize. In the sphere of biblical study, Mortara opposed the documentary hypothesis and argued for the unity and Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch (1843). He considered that the task of Judaism was to spread monotheism and morality throughout the world and that this was facilitated by the Dispersion. Mortara published books on the principles of Judaism and a new edition of the prayer book whose translation into Italian was based on that by S. D. Luzzatto.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Italian
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica