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Lot #    26351
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 11:53:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Eloge d'Abraham Furtado
Author    [Only Ed.] Michel Beer
City    Paris
Publisher    Setier
Publication Date    1817
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 34 pp., 180:110 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper wrappers.
   Eulogy for Abraham Furtado (17561817) French politician. His parents were members of a Portuguese Marano family, and resided first in Lisbon. During the earthquake which destroyed that city in 1755 his father was killed, but his mother escaped and went to London, where she openly embraced Judaism. A year after the birth of Abraham she removed to Bayonne, and later to Bordeaux, where Furtado was educated. For a short time he followed a mercantile career, but soon turned his attention to the sale of land. His leisure hours be applied to scientific researches. When in 1789 Malesherbes convened a commission of Jews to consider proposals for the improvement of their condition, Furtado and Gradis were called as members from the south of France, Cerf-Berr and Isaac Berr from the north. Furtado's friendship with the Girondists caused his exile (1793) and the confiscation of his property. The fall of the terrorists made it possible for him to return.

When in 1806 Napoleon summoned to Paris one hundred of the leading Jews for consultation, Furtado was among them, and was elected president of this body, which became known as the "Assembly of Notables." Its deliberations led to the convening of the Sanhedrin, which opened Feb. 9, 1807; on this occasion Furtado acted as speaker for the committee appointed to draw up resolutions.

When the Sanhedrin was suddenly dissolved, and the Assembly of Notables reconvened, Furtado acted as its secretary, but eventually returned to Bordeaux. When Napoleon's power was overthrown in 1814, Furtado joined the royalists, but refused a political position during the Hundred Days. In 1815 he was appointed treasurer of the city of Bordeaux by Louis XVIII., and held the position until his sudden death in the following year.

   JE; Grätz, History of the Jews, Philadelphia, 1898, v., s.v.E.
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19th Century:    Checked
France:    Checked
Other:    Eulogy
First Editions:    Checked
Manuscript Type
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